EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Morning Briefing for November 10, 2011
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I’ll spare you a formal post on the CNBC Debate. Let me just state that of all the stupid debates and all the stupid questions we have been subjected to, I do not believe there could be a more stupid debate with stupider questions than the CNBC Debate. It is the freaking business channel and were subjected to 90 painful minutes of the Republican candidates explaining how business works to the moderators.
No one treated Herman Cain as the front runner. Even Herman Cain didn’t treat Herman Cain as the front runner.
The clear winner is Newt Gingrich who will now become the alternative to Mitt Romney, though it is doubtful he will be able to weather the media storm into his personal life. Believe it or not, Rick Perry had the best damn debate performance of his entire Presidential career last night. He gave fantastic answers. And then . . . wow. What a disaster. It was like finally getting your sail boat out of dry dock to enjoy your first enjoyable sail only to sink. He’s going to need every penny of that $15 million after that.
Mitt Romney gave very good answers as usual, but I remain shocked that after all this time he still cannot answer questions on the individual mandate without flubbing.
That’s your debate review. Can we just give CNN a monopoly on the debates? They seem to be the only network that is capable of doing one with substantive questions. Heck, CNBC would not even live stream its debate. Hello? 21st Century calling.
Allies are people you work with. Garden pests and leaky faucets are things you “deal with.”
President Obama doesn’t seem to know the difference.
At the G20 summit last week in France, he let out his true feelings on Israel. And a live mic was there to catch it all.
Here’s the exchange between President Obama and French President Sarkozy on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
–Sarkozy: “I cannot bear Netanyahu.”
–Obama: “You’re sick of him, but I have to deal with him every day.”
When your state is known as the “Mother of Presidents”, and home to Yorktown, Mount Vernon, Monticello, Appomattox, and the first permanent English settlement in America, you don’t toss around the saying “we made history” too lightly.
But, my friends, I am pleased to say that is exactly what the Commonwealth of Virginia did Tuesday. We Made History.
Were someone in casual conversation to refer to a black person as the n word or even as “colored,” what would the reaction be? And if that person immediately took to twitter to say the “remark this morning was a very poor choice of words. Did not mean to make that connection at all. Was not thinking. I apologize,” what would people think?
Typically when something like that happens, the presumption is that the person must have had his brain on autopilot and released his inner thinking without passing it through the “acceptable discourse” filter or some such. There could be other explanations — maybe he read something or heard something ahead of time and it got lodged in the input/output loop. That happens to everyone.
What exactly explains David Gregory this morning saying there are no “Grand Wizards” in the GOP to push Herman Cain out of the race?
And this begs a real and serious question I must ask again: After David Gregory’s “Grand Wizard” comment, why the hell does the GOP want to let NBC conduct another GOP debate?
If the GOP is going to boycott Univision because of its Marco Rubio family smear, why not boycott NBC’s January debate in Florida because of its routine and collective smear of the GOP?
For this week’s primary target, I want to make an exception. I do it because the Congressman deserves it and to make a point. I want to focus on someone who represents a district that is split evenly between Republicans and Democrats. For sure, I think its wise to focus on those Republicans who are wasting a good conservative seat, which is why I have covered districts so far that are +10 GOP seats or better. Those are no brainers. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t occasionally draw attention to liberal Republicans in swing districts also — particularly one on the Super Committee who seems hell bent on raising your taxes.
Why? For a couple of reasons. First of all, conservatives can hold these seats when they are principled and willing to explain themselves to their constituents. Republican politicos love to forget that Pat Toomey represented a Democrat district that voted for Al Gore, John Kerry, and Barak Obama. He was a die hard advocate of free trade amidst calls for steel tariffs in the steel mills of Allentown, Pennsylvania. He didn’t just vote and hide. He was typically the leader of House conservatives during his time in the House of Representatives. He would win handily with winning percentages of 57% (2002), 53% (2000), and 55% (1998). And now he is serving in the United States Senate representing the blue state of Pennsylvania.
You’ve probably seen the reports from RedState’s Ben Howe on the Democratic National Committee discriminating against union-free Charlotte-area businesses on awarding 2012 Convention work, then Charlotte’s Mayor Foxx denying it, only to see the DNC award the Convention work to a Beltway union-company anyway.
When Governor Perry and I sat down last week in Orange County, CA, I wanted to drill down on two areas of interest for conservative voters.
First, in his book Fed Up!, Governor Perry repeatedly returned to the idea of federalism, but few people have really explored that with him. This transitioned into some questions on immigration, his views on amnesty, and what role the states have to pay in immigration laws with Washington doing nothing.