EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Morning Briefing for February 26, 2010
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There are many reasons the Republican Party is often referred to as the Stupid Party. Many Republicans thought that after the President overshadowed the GOP at their Baltimore retreat last month, going to Blair House yesterday would just be another PR disaster.
It was anything but.
The GOP won the day so convincingly that even the traditional media had to praise the party for talking issues.
Contrast that with Barack Obama who scowled, berated, lied, and harassed the attendees — not to mention filibustered them.
In the most ironic moment of the day, Barack Obama lectured Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor on having the Democrats’ 2,700+ page health care bill on his desk at the meeting. Obama called it a “prop.” At the same time, Democrats were in the newspapers admitting that, in effect, Barack Obama was using the GOP as a prop in a vain effort to show bipartisanship on health care.
There is bipartisanship on health care. There is bipartisan opposition to it. The Democrats must realize today that they would get nothing out of the meeting. They will now try to force health care deform through Congress on a majority vote in each house.
Get ready, Sean Hannity and Dr. Laura: here come a whole raft of zombie-like “progressive” seminar callers, with talking points via the intertubes.
The speculation is building that Charlie Crist is going to leave the GOP.
Here’s what will happen if Charlie Crist leaves the GOP. The DC-GOP Establishment crowd will attack RedState, Jim DeMint, and Marco Rubio for shrinking the GOP. Instead of pointing out that moderate Republicans are sore loser who don’t play well with conservatives, conservatives will be attacked for chasing Crist out of the party.
Crist might like a three-way race with Meeks and Rubio, but he still has no path to victory. In fact, he’ll be wrestling with Meeks over the same voter pool as independents drift right toward Rubio.
The Club for Growth notes that Senator Bob Bennett sponsors and supports the so-called “Healthy Americans Act,” a trillion-dollar government takeover of healthcare that rivals ObamaCare for being a massive big government proposal. It would increase job-killing taxes, impose an individual mandate, increase health care costs, and would give Washington the authority to regulate every health care plan in the country.
American Majority is one of the groups I heartily endorse every chance I get. It is not Democrat. It is not Republican. It is conservative.
American Majority is committed to training people to run not for
Congress, but for local office — farm team building. These guys are terrific and their training is the best I’ve seen in a very long time.
Then there is Smart Girl Politics, one of the fastest growing activist groups in the country. I’m a big fan.
Today I’m delighted to announce RedState is teaming up with American Majority and Smart Girl Politics for some post-party summits. At a time when Americans are losing their allegiance to political parties for the sake of parties, we’re focusing more and more on ideas and ideals. The group that makes the best case for its ideas will win.
It is not enough to stand on the sideline and it is not enough to protest — conservatives must learn how to implement freedom and liberty on the ground in their communities. With the right tools and training, conservative activists can be successful in taking their community back to the principles of limited government, individual freedom and the free market.
In the era of post-party politics, it is essential that the limited government movement have knowledge of and the ability to implement the tools of 21st century political engagement. These regional summits are going to give attendees the tools they need to go home and win. If you are looking to become more politically effective, attending one of the Summits is a must!
Across the country we are going to team up, collaborate, and work to win. We’ll start in Pittsburgh, PA on April 23rd. Then we’re off to Jacksonville, Denver, Indianapolis, Boston, Kansas City, and Charlotte.