EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Morning Briefing for April 12, 2010
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Remember back during the 2008 campaign Hillary Clinton ran that ad asking who you’d want to be in the White House when the “3 a.m. phone call” came?
3 hours after midnight Eastern time this past Saturday, that 3 a.m. phone call came. The President of Poland, his wife, major government and military leaders, and others all died in a horrible plane crash in Russia.
In Europe, the rumor is rampant, without any evidence, that Vladimir Putin was behind it. The confirmed story is that the Russian military repeatedly tried to persuade the Polish pilot to divert his craft due to zero visibility. The pilot, given the ceremony the Polish delegation was headed to, which commemorated the slaughter of thousands of Poles by the Soviets in World War II, refused. The plane hit trees on landing and all died.
CNN has updated their story repeated. When I looked at it at 9:46 a.m. ET on Saturday morning, something very odd stood out.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown had released a statement.
French President NIcholas Sarkozy had released a statement.
An American Undersecretary of State for Public Affairs had released a statement.
Sometime after that the White House released its statement. The White House blog had nothing at all until 12:48 p.m. ET.
This shouldn’t be a partisan point. I am genuinely curious. Why the delay? Did the President sleep through the 3 a.m. phone call? If you think it is unfair to ask, just imagine if it were George W. Bush.
I can’t speak for whether or not the ‘Crash the Tea Party’ thing is real, or just some dweeb on the West Coast who’s trying to sell t-shirts to liberal racists who don’t want to admit that they’re racists. Honestly, I could see either; one of the gratifying things about the Tea Party movement has been to see demonstrated that the Left’s vaunted prowess at organization and activism largely depends on having no standard for comparison. They’re really pretty lousy at this.
That being said, the advice found here is pretty good:
“Plants have already happened, just not organized ones. Regardless, perhaps organizers (or attendees) need to have a few signs that say “Liberal Plant, not a REAL TeaPartier” and be on the lookout for these double-secret spies. When one is found, then pull out your signs and stand next to the plant. No violence or physical actions, just isolate and embarrass.”
And make sure that you get it on the record that you’ve done this. I will keep harping on this until the end of time: a camera is an indispensable tool for these things. Without cameras they would have been able to get away with lying about Congressmen being spit on and called racial epithets. So get one.
We often talk about wanting certain types of people to run for office. We say, “Joe down at the hardware store should run. He’s conservative. He’s Christian. He’s one of us.”
Joe says no.
But one day Joe gets royally hacked off. He sees where we are headed and for the good of his family, community, and country, Joe goes to his friends, they pledge support, and Joe decides to run. Then the friends say, “Okay Joe. Go raise $200,000.00 and conduct a poll to prove you can win. Then we’ll start writing checks and helping.”
Often there are valid reasons for doing that. When polling shows the voters of a district want to throw the bums out, just not their bum, it really becomes a challenge. But this year is not like those other years. We have a one time, unique chance to have a measurable, real impact. Why? Because unlike even 1994 and 2006, this year most Americans want even their bum thrown out.
But who do we get to replace them? We get people like our hypothetical Joe — the guy who really is one of us and is really in it for the cause, not for himself.
In the real world, we do it with people like Pam Gorman in Arizona. She is one of the millions of candidates running to replace John Shadegg in Arizona 3.
If you really want to shift the country right, we need Pam Gorman in Congress. It is that simple.
Why am I backing her and why should you? Pam Gorman has bled for the cause. Pam Gorman is, in a way, a political martyr for conservatism. She bled for us. We must now help her.
Here’s what I’m talking about. . . .
n a single Huffington Post column, NASA’s famous warmist-alarmist Dr. James Hansen invokes Godwin’s Law on climate change, criticizes President Obama for his lack of stalwart leadership in that area, and offers a climate change solution that would also discourage illegal immigration.
“The predominant moral issue of the 21st century, almost surely, will be climate change, comparable to Nazism faced by Churchill in the 20th century and slavery faced by Lincoln in the 19th century. Our fossil fuel addiction, if unabated, threatens our children and grandchildren, and most species on the planet.”
So the Cadillac Escalade enjoys the same moral standing as West African slave ships and Bergen-Belsen’s crematoria. Got it.
In forty short years, EPA has morphed from an agency with a well-defined, popular and worthy mission to one whose bureaucratic ambitions are not limited to controlling and cleaning up the environment. The goal of this regulatory octopus is the control of the entire industrialized economy of our country.
On Wednesday every year at the Masters, the spectators are treated to the Par 3 Tournament in which a mix of current players, past champions, friends and family are able to compete. This year, just as the last two, the “Big Three” as we golf fans refer to them – Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player – played together again, reminding us of their greatness on and off the course.
As Mr. Palmer turns 80 this year, we may not get to see this for many more years – so when “Arnie” drained a 50 foot downhill fast putt with a lot of break to birdie the last hole, the crowd erupted, he gave a little smile and a fist pump, and all was as it once was. Then, yesterday, 60 year-old Tom Watson took us down memory lane when he reprised his 8 major championships, and last year’s run at the Open Championship at 59 years-old, by hitting the front page of the leaderboard once again with a 5 under par 67.
These masterful men – and others like Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, and Byron Nelson to name a few – are revered in a way totally unlike today’s players. Why? On-course heroics? Of course – Ben Hogan’s 3 Majors in 1953 remains one of the most magical years in golf. Arnie’s Army. Jack’s 6 Green Jackets and 18 Majors. Gary Player’s many wins and longevity. Byron Nelson’s record 11 consecutive wins, a record that stands today. Bobby Jones’ legacy as an amateur, never turning professional.
But there was far more to these men – and we needn’t look farther than, for the most part, their lifelong devotion to their wives to understand just a little of why they were, and are, great.
In today’s world – where too often the athlete is focused on self over family and stardom over family – it was the off-course demeanor and actions of these particular men… and their style and grace that creates a mystique unparalleled today, and one that will leave us somewhat empty when they are no longer with us. Arnold Palmer is renown for taking the time to sign every autograph asked of him, Jack is known for flying home from tournaments to make events for his kids, Gary for his volunteerism and work in his home country of South Africa, and Byron Nelson and Bobby Jones for being true gentlemen, with Mr. Nelson being awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his off-course charitable works and grace as a human being.
And perhaps no greater story exists than Ben Hogan’s triumphant return from a near fatal car accident – from which he was not supposed to survive, and not supposed to walk and certainly not supposed to play golf again. Mr. Hogan, for those who don’t know, threw himself across the seat in front of his wife, Valerie as a bus crossed a line to hit them head-on. That is what makes these men who they are.
They are men who stayed with their wives. Consider . . .