EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Morning Briefing for April 21, 2010
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What if I told you there was a free-market based jobs package that wound its way through the legislature backed by small business groups, free market groups, conservative groups, tax reform advocates and others?
What if I told you that one Republican sided with the most liberal members of the legislature to oppose the legislation?
What if I told you part of the reason that Republican opposed the legislation is because it cut taxes?
What if I told you that the greater reason this Republican opposed the legislation was because he did not want another Republican to get credit for it because that other Republican wrote the legislation?
Pretty crummy, right?
Well let me ask you one more question: what if I told you the other Republican — the one who wrote the legislation — is running for Congress along with the guy who sided with the left?
So is it enough to elect Republicans?
As the morning sun comes up in Florida there is big news. The U.S. attorney, IRS and FBI are investigated the Florida GOP for practices Charlie Crist’s hand picked chairman put in place.
Remember those credit card expenditures that Crist has been attacking Rubio over? If you don’t, Charlie’s hand picked Florida Republican Party Chairman, Jim Greer, and Executive Director Delmar Johnson, passed out American Express cards for Republican officials to serve the party’s purposes.
Johnson alone spent something like $100,000.00 in one month on his AmEx, no doubt taking lessons from Charlie Crist’s $10,000.00 mini-bar raids on taxpayer dime while in Europe.
Crist raised the issue after taking without permission Marco Rubio’s credit card statement. Rubio, serving as Florida Speaker, had one of the cards. Well, now Charlie’s Chairman, Jim Greer, along with Delmar Johnson are under federal investigation.
Along the way, though, Marco Rubio is also being looked at. Rubio used the party credit card several times for personal expenditures, but then repaid the money.
The beat goes on folks.
Jim DeMint is coming out for Marlin Stutzman. This comes on the heels of Dave Keene of the American Conservative Union and Mark Levin. Conservatives are rallying to the Indiana state senator.
Here’s the thing: this endorsement puts Jim DeMint out on a limb and really at odds with his colleagues in the U.S. Senate Republican Conference, particularly coming on the heels of his support for Ken Buck in Colorado.
Helping get Marlin Stutzman elected now has a lot to do with sticking up for Jim DeMint.
It has been more than a decade since Dan Coats left the United States Senate representing Indiana and moved to North Carolina to take up lobbying.
I’m finding in my conversations with people that many remember a different Dan Coats than who was actually there. The pro-life Senator was squishy on a lot of other things. In fact, Dan Coats is pretty bad on gun rights and recently renounced some of his old positions, while still trying to defend them with language used by Barack Obama on gang violence.
But what about a pretty good measure of those issues on which Dan Coats was bad to remind people of Indiana that they have a real choice and Marlin Stutzman really is to the right of Coats? It’s not a measure of the man, but of his votes — we all accept he is a fine man and a social conservative. But those are rarely the votes that matter these days.
Republicans think if they vote pro-life we’ll give them a pass on everything else. But we can’t. So what of Dan Coats on all the other issues?
Dick Lugar, Indiana’s other Republican senator is widely seen as a moderate — one of those centrist Republicans beloved by the Washington media. So how does Dan Coats stack up against Dick Lugar?
They served together in the Senate. How about this record I’ve got together on their votes? You might be stunned.
Regardless of your opinion of Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell (DADT), the video in this post at RedState is… not even remotely surprising, really.
The media was pushed back from Lafayette Park to keep them from filming a protest against DADT: true. But it could have been anything. DADT, the GWOT, rampaging deficits, ballooning unemployment, religious fundamentalism masquerading as global warming, the general expansion of the nanny state… it doesn’t matter. The White House didn’t want it filmed, so it didn’t get filmed. And the media got caught up in the implacable bum’s rush away from the scene of the dissent. I really loved the bit about halfway through, when some generic media guy complains on his phone: “It’s one thing if they push the public back, but not to let the media film is just ridiculous.”
Imagine if George Bush had ordered the media shut out of a protest at the White House. But don’t hold your breath for the Obama media lapdogs to suddenly become watchdogs.
Let me just add my name to the list of people visibly itching to bounce a salt shaker off of the FDA’s collective forehead:
“The Food and Drug Administration is planning an unprecedented effort to gradually reduce the salt consumed each day by Americans, saying that less sodium in everything from soup to nuts would prevent thousands of deaths from hypertension and heart disease. The initiative, to be launched this year, would eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt allowed in food products.”
…because, of course, the FDA has nothing better to do with its time. Look, I understand that the nanny-state Left doesn’t trust its own judgment and ability to make informed decisions, and that’s fine. In fact, I agree with them: I don’t trust their judgment or ability to make informed decisions, either. But why do they insist on trying to interfere with my judgment or ability to make informed decisions?