EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Morning Briefing for June 3, 2010
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It’s true. I’m only 35.
As we do every year at this time, here are my birthday requests for today:
(1) Call your congressman and complain about something. I don’t care what. They just need to hear from you. The number is 202-224-3121.
(2) Give money to Pamela Gorman. We need this lady in Congress.
(3) Do what you can to get Rick Barber to Congress.
(4) Do the same for Marlin Stutzman.
And one day perhaps I’ll get my birthday wish, which involves guest hosting a certain radio show.
The conventional wisdom during the health care rationing fight was that the Democrats wanted to pass their so-called “reform” legislation as quickly as possible so it could be swept under the rug and out of the eyes of the electorate, since they knew the American people didn’t like it (oh, but we’d learn to like it later, once we found out what was in it).
Well, it appears to be working.
While those of us in the conservative political sphere obviously have not forgotten, the subject has virtually disappeared from the news pages, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Oil spills, Gaza-bound flotillas, illegal immigration, perfect games in baseball, and just about any other story has diverted attention from one of the most heinous acts ever perpetrated by the Democrats – legislation to dismantle our health care system.
Everyone does it. My gosh, we’ve heard that refrain from the left for years. Back in 1992 they tried to convince us that every president had multiple, and in some cases predatory, sexual affairs and defrauded investors in land deals. Now, looking an electoral tsunami the face, they are scrabbling desperately to accuse Republican candidates of any peccadillo committed by their candidates.
Case in point is Mark Kirk, the Republican candidate for the Senate in Illinois. To put the criticism in context, Kirk is running against Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, a mobbed up party hack who ran his family bank into the ground.
Unsurprisingly, another party hack, TPM alumnus and Washington Post employee Greg Sargent, takes an equally unsurprising cheap shot.
People on the right often look at corporations and this administration and see an administration hostile to the free market. Therefore, we defend the corporations.
It is natural and it should be the default. At the same time, however, we should be willing to point out the massive ties between British Petroleum and the Obama Administration.
From Rahm Emanuel to Barack Obama’s own campaign coffers to pollster Stan Greenberg — the list goes on and on and I wonder how much latitude this administration gave their friends at British Petroleum.
Couple the friendship with Obama’s refusal to want to go near the problem lest Obama own it and you have your disaster.
So, today the White House is “divorcing” itself from BP. At least that is the word the White House wants everyone in the media to use. It is White House spin regurgitated by a media trying to save Camelot 2.
Unlike most divorces, this one is coming with Eric Holder throwing around the words “criminal prosecution”? For what exactly?
I got a lot of flack for stringing the media along last week Will Folks style. Even some good friends thought I was grasping at straws and my case for pointing the finger at Andre Bauer was too nebulous.
Andre Bauer fired his campaign consultant Larry Marchant yesterday. Why? Well, let’s back up.
A senior aide to President Barack Obama approached former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff with the possibility of three federal posts as an alternative to his primary challenge to Beltway-supported Senator Michael Bennet.
Romanoff rebuffed the aide’s suggestions to join the administration. In a statement acknowledging the job talk, Romanoff appended an email from White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina proposing three jobs: two senior posts at the U.S. Agency for International Development and a third at at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.
Remember how leakers from the CIA did their best to undermine George Bush? When this starts happening with reckless abandon from the Pentagon, Obama will be in serious trouble.
The public already suspects the man is weak. Our enemies know he is weak. The man clearly holds the military in contempt, but the public hasn’t paid attention to the issue. It’s one thing to ignore the Gulf Coast states. They aren’t going to vote for him anyway. Military issues are swing state issues.
In a very short time we will see the military bureaucracy go to war with Obama on the battlefield of public opinion.
And he will lose.