EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Morning Briefing for November 6, 2009
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Here’s where we stand as the sun rises this morning.
Democrats are still short votes by double digits.
Four Democrats from Virginia are “No” votes because of Tuesday night’s elections.
The American Medical Association is in deep trouble. The AMA endorsed the House bill. The state societies claim that they have the votes to win a resolution at the AMA conference, which begins tomorrow, forcing the AMA to rescind its endorsement if it doesn’t do so before the AMA meets.
Blue Dogs had dinner at the White House last night. We’ll see how many flip to Obama’s side. And we’ll keep track of them.
As the sun set last night, tragedy came to Ft. Hood. A muslim soldier began shooting other soldiers.
What we know so far is that the soldier was a muslim and began yelling at his fellow soldiers statements in Arabic.
The soldier was upset about having to deploy to Iraq. The military is saying this could have been a criminal incident as opposed to a terrorist incident.
Much is unknown. What is known is that the media will more likely than not seek to downplay the soldier’s religious convictions since he was not a Christian, but, should they find a Glenn Beck book or find out he watched Fox News or listened to Rush Limbaugh they will blow that through the roof. What is also known is the media will focus on post traumatic stress disorder and seek to blame the incident on “George Bush’s war” and the stress of potentially multiple deployments.
Yes, the anti-war media narrative has gotten that predictable.
Charlie Crist welcomed Barack Obama to Florida last February, hugged him, grinned when Obama called Crist “his favorite Republican,” and then explained why the Democrats’ stimulus was a good thing.
That was February.
Yesterday, Charlie Crist denied it ever happened. Despite the videotaped evidence, Charlie Crist says he never once supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the formal name of the stimulus.
This all comes as news to the President, who hugged Crist, and who got this letter from Crist back on Februar 3, 2009.
One anonymous internet attack out of the offices of the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) against the Rubio team is a bit much. But two?
There has been another one.
Last time, Rich Heffley, one of Charlie Crist’s top guys and on the payroll of the RPOF, orchestrated an entire attack against Marco Rubio online, trying to be anonymous, that came complete with a Hitler video attacking Charlie Crist so, you know, they could say Rubio was behind the Hitler attack.
This time, Republican Party field operations director Tim Nungesser created a Twitter account posing as Brevard County GOP Chairman Jason Steele. Nungesser then sent out a bunch of tweets making Steele, a recovering alcoholic, look like he was drinking again, harassing others, etc.
Because Brevard County GOP Chairman Jason Steele is backing Marco Rubio.
Funny. The NRSC’s Chairman John Cornyn says the NRSC is sitting Florida out and won’t spend a nickel there. That’s fine. Of course they did just send out a big memo to NRSC donors and others highlighting all of the up coming opportunities for them to give Charlie Crist money.
When CBO scores the first ten years of spending, then we see the true cost of the House and Senate ObamaCare bills.
SENATOR Barbara Boxer decided to make an end-run around Republicans on the Senate Enviromental and Public Works Comittee by voting on cap-and-trade legislation with no republicans present. The Briefing room reports today on the SENATOR’s rule-breaking. Senator Inhofe points out that SENATOR Boxer rammed this through despite objections from 6 ranking members of other committees.
In every election-changing close vote on legislation that passes in the U.S. House, there are two or three U.S. House Members who switch their vote at the last minute.
Usually, these are newbie House members, freshmen or sophomores who succumb to pressure from their leadership. They forget their own districts, and what they need to do to keep their jobs.
Thus, we are reminded of the case of Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky (D-PA) who famously switched her vote to give then President Clinton his tax increase.
It was her vote that passed the bill.
The vote by Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky (D-PA) was an expensive one: she lost the following year.