EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Morning Briefing for February 25, 2010
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Chief Justice John Roberts once famously quipped, “it’s a sordid business, this divvying us up by race.” He did so in the context of the Supreme Court case LULAC v. Perry, and the application of the Voting Rights Act to carve up Congressional districts in Texas based heavily on racial composition – in which phrases like “majority-minority districts,” and “candidates of choice” are the operative phrases.
Yesterday, the Democrat-led U.S. House of Representatives voted basically along party lines, 245 to 164, to divide Americans up by race even further, and design governments according to individual heritage.
Sound bizarre? It is, but it is indeed what is happening.
The House believes it is a priority for Americans to pass legislation that will create an unconstitutional, separate, race-based government for individuals who are descendants of native Hawaiians. Indeed, the bill defines the group that can qualify thusly: anyone who is “a direct lineal descendant of the aboriginal, native people who – resided in the islands that now comprise the State of Hawaii on or before January 1, 1893.”
Turns out that the interpretation that the Dems are bluffing on reconciliation is a charitable interpretation. It assumes they have a plan.
The other alternative view, that the President really is serious about reconciliation, is so unserious that most in D.C. don’t take it seriously. (Read Eric Cantor’s House Whip Count Memo here about why the Dems do not have the votes in the House for Reconciliation.)
The naivete, the inexperience, the reality-bending-ability to seriously believe that one more speech or one more try will make it pass, must be so pervasive in the mind of the President and those around him, that you have to wonder what will happen to the psyche of these Pollyannas when reality finally and urgently cannot be ignored or hidden, from what will be their ever widening eyes.
Add the irrationality of the Speaker on passing “universal health care” to the mix, and you have the makings of yet another uber-trainwreck — the first was last August, the second December-January, and now, the third in April-May or May-June?
Politico has a piece today on preparations President Obama and his inner circle are making for his reelection campaign, which the article states is set to launch early next year. Mike Allen reports that the campaign is likely to be run out of Chicago and staffed by a cadre of veterans from Obama’s 2008 campaign.
Of particular interest given the news of the week is the role Allen reports for White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina.
One might think that Barack Obama needs every vote he could possibly get if he hopes to cram a massively unpopular health care bill through the reconciliation process in a shaky and gunshy Senate. So when Blanche Lincoln – who faces a tough but not impossible re-election fight in Arkansas – piped up and requested a little more moderation from the President, you might have expected Obama to at least sound conciliatory in his response.
From now until March 23, 2010, I’ll will put up a daily post on why Bob Bennett needs to go.
Let’s start with this one:
According to the Salt Lake Tribune on September 12, 2009, “Few politicians have more ties to Freddie [Mac] and Fannie [Mae] than Utah Senator Bob Bennett, who topped all Republicans in campaign contributions from the mortgage duo since 1989.”
Utah can do better than that.
There is growing speculation that Charlie Crist is going to run as a independent candidate in Florida as he continues sinking in the polls. Just a few weeks ago, Crist and Vice President Biden were caught having a private meal together in Miami. In addition, Crist has returned to embracing the Obama stimulus fraud. Either he’s going Democrat or he’s going independent.
Before he goes, however, Crist is determined to do everything possible to run a scorched earth campaign against Marco Rubio. The latest is beyond the pale. Crist has taken the private credit card records of the Republican Party of Florida and leaked them to the press.
The only records leaked, of course, were those of Marco Rubio. As the Speaker of the House in Florida, Rubio had a credit card with the Florida GOP. He used it to help get Republicans elected, though some of the charges were personal. Rubio reimbursed the Florida GOP for the personal expenses.
That hasn’t stopped Charlie Crist from misappropriating the records to smear Rubio. But for perspective, Charlie Crist’s hand picked Director of the GOP in Florida charged in one month what Rubio charged in two years.