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    Morning Briefing for December 16, 2010

    RedState Morning Briefing  For December 16, 2010Go to to get the Morning Briefing every morning at no charge. 1. Thank You Tom Coburn   2. Omnibus Spending Bill Loaded with Earmarks and New Spending   3. Senator Ethanol, the Young Guns, and the Politically Expedient   4. A Tea Party Earmark for Paul Revere   5. The Secret Ballot Protection Act & What the | Read More »

    Senator Ethanol, the Young Guns, and the Politically Expedient

    Senator John Thune took to the Senate floor yesterday to criticize his fellow 2012 presidential contenders for playing politics with the Obama-Kyl tax deal. “It is easy to stand on the sidelines and criticize this deal,” Thune said. “And it would perhaps be politically expedient to stand on the sideline and criticize this tax deal. But to advocate against this tax deal is to advocate | Read More »

    Herman Cain 2012

    It was all for fun, but I am surprised by the results.In our 2012 brackets, Herman Cain reigns supreme as the reader pick for 2012.Now, to be fair, he also has a huge twitter following and microphone to drive people to vote. He garnered 8,900 votes to Governor Sarah Palin’s 8100 votes. Mighty impressive.Herman Cain is the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, a radio show | Read More »

    The Ominous Omnibus

    The Senate has released an omnibus appropriations bill that blows the lid off spending. They waited until the last possible minute to put it out for review. It is 1,924 pages long, filled with earmarks, and goes so far as to declare Nevada a Pacific Coast state so it can get in on a few million dollars to protect salmon. The Democrats have also put | Read More »

    Morning Briefing for December 15, 2010

    RedState Morning Briefing For December 15, 2010Go to to getthe Morning Briefing every morning at no charge.1. The Ominous Omnibus2. Vermont as a “Laboratory for Change”3. Moratorium Leads to Abrupt Production Declines4. To Sexist AP, HuffPo Inanely Bashing Palin Is More Important Than Helping Haiti5. 2012: The Championship Match

    2012: The Championship Match

    We’ve narrowed down the candidates for the 2012 Republican nomination for President of the United States.In Round 1:Tim Pawlenty beat Mitt Romney.Sarah Palin beat Mitch Daniels.Rick Santorum beat Newt Gingrich.Herman Cain beat Donald Trump.Mike Pence beat Mike Huckabee.David Petraeus beat Jeb Bush.John Bolton beat John Thune.Haley Barbour beat Rick Perry.In Round 2:Herman Cain beat David Petraeus.Mike Pence beat John Bolton.Haley Barbour beat Tim Pawlenty.Sarah Palin | Read More »


    An Unserious Circle of Smug Seriousness

    “It should be terribly frightening to the Democratic establishment that a group of long time loyal Democrats no longer feels comfortable using the ‘Democrat’ label.”Only in a place like New York, where a man can set off a bomb in Times Square and have the mayor blame opponents of Obamacare, could an unserious circle of smug, self-righteous political exiles get together and demand that they | Read More »


    Morning Briefing for December 14, 2010

    RedState Morning Briefing For December 14, 2010Go to to getthe Morning Briefing every morning at no charge.1. Obamacare’s Individual Mandate Exceeds Congress’ Commerce Clause Power2. An Unserious Circle of Smug Seriousness3. The Ethanol Juggernaut: Do Republicans Have the Will to Stop Big Government?4. The Cost of Unions: The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. Files For Bankruptcy5. Stephen Breyer Takes a Stab at Originalism: | Read More »

    Amazing: A View Inside the Josh Marshall Echo Chamber

    This one just makes me laugh.Josh Marshall, Editor of the left-wing “Talking Points Memo,” writes, “A year ago, no one took seriously the idea that a federal health care mandate was unconstitutional.”Maybe on the left, but on the right it was a fundamental argument. In fact, just before Christmas one year ago, the Senate Republicans voted unanimously that the individual mandate was, in fact, unconstitutional.Getting | Read More »

    The Final Four: Picking a 2012 Champion

    We started out with a big pool of candidates. We narrowed them down over the weekend. Now we are left with four candidates. Let’s see how they do.Vote now and this afternoon we’ll settle on the ultimate champion. Update: I’ve been asked to hold over the championship till tomorrow to see just how many votes come in total.You can view round one here and round | Read More »


    Killing the Tax Compromise

    I think the GOP needs to kill the tax compromise.This is not a hill to die on. It is certainly a gamble. Those who support the deal argue that it is too great a gamble to assume we could get a better deal next year when the number of Republicans in Congress increase and the GOP takes over the House.I’ve made it easy for you. | Read More »

    Morning Briefing for December 13, 2010

    RedState Morning Briefing For December 13, 2010Go to to getthe Morning Briefing every morning at no charge.1. Killing the Tax Compromise2. Like it or Not: Mexico is America’s Next Afghanistan3. Wikileaks on Iraqi WMD4. Gov. Christie and the Fight over Judicial Reform

    Sarah Palin’s Alaska

    As much as it pains some of my liberal friends (and some Republican friends too), I am a huge Sarah Palin fan and can’t wait to see her mop the floor with Barack Obama. At least she released her college transcripts unlike Acting President Logan . . . um . . . I mean Bill Clinton’s warm up act.In any event, I watched her TLC | Read More »

    Season 4 of 24 Open Thread

    In Season 4 of 24, acting President Logan is so incompetent and bush league that he brings back President Palmer to take charge of the situation.Today in Washington, Barack Obama stole that playbook and brought back Bill Clinton.Consider this your open thread.

    Senator McConnell’s Office Peddling Talking Points That Contradict Senate Rules

    Senator Mitch McConnell has sent out an email with talking points from Americans for Tax Reform on why “tax extenders” are not earmarks.But it is all nonsense. How do we know? Well, just look at Senate Rule XLIV, which deals with earmarks and lists not just spending items as an earmark, but also “limited tax benefits” and “limited tariff benefits.”Look, I realize ATR and other | Read More »