RedState Morning Briefing

RedState Morning Briefing
For October 23, 2009


1. Shut Up.

By the time you read this, a lot of ink and air time will have been spent on this Politico article suggesting that the Republicans tremble when conservatives like Rush, Hannity, Beck, or even me says something. I have the hardest time believing this is anything less that a coordinated hit against the GOP in an effort to break their unity on health care. Watch the time line. It became obvious last week that despite Harry Reid’s story to the contrary, the Democrats did not have the votes for the doctors’ bailout. Conservative activists rallied and the GOP stayed united. So yesterday, the Politico runs this first part of its two part series on how Obama intended to marginalize his critics.

Obama aides are using their powerful White House platform, combined with techniques honed in the 2008 campaign, to cast some of the most powerful adversaries as out of the mainstream and their criticism as unworthy of serious discussion.

Last night, playing right into this article, Obama takes the stage and says the GOP does as it is told and Democrats are independent operatives. Then comes today and the second part, after Obama, via the Politico builds the initial ground work. Some Republicans — the reasonable ones — think Rush, Hannity, Beck, etc. are not worth listening too. Cantor, who is having tea and crumpets with Hoyer is quoted. Sweet Lindsey who is snuggling up to the French Looking John Kerry. John McCain who is still bitter conservatives did not fall down and worship him like the Democrats did to Obama. Etc. Etc. Etc. Also today, Harry Reid claims he has the votes for a public option. This is all coordinated. Harry Reid does not have the votes. And Obama is now determined to split the GOP. The best way to do that is to play to their vanity — accuse the Republicans of being Rush Limbaugh’s boot lickers. How do they prove otherwise? They vote for the public option and prove they aren’t tools of tea party activists, talk radio guys, and RedState bloggers. The added benefit here is that Obama distracts from the fact that he cannot hold Democrats together. They can be called "independent" while the GOP, with the Politico’s help, gets cast as trembling slaves afraid of their master. I wonder how the Politico likes being used. More importantly, I wonder who the Republicans in today’s hit like being useful idiots for Obama’s agenda. Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. White House tries to muzzle media; draws back a bloody stump.

So this administration had what passes for a brainstorm among that group: now that they’ve made it clear that they disapprove of one particular news network, why, there would be nothing stopping them from stepping up their attempts to marginalize said network. So the White House announced today that a specific White House Press Pool access – Ken Feinberg, who is one of the myriad ‘czars’ so beloved of this administration – would explicitly exclude Fox News. Despite the fact that the Press Pool is supported in part by Fox News. And the media refused to play along. Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Rasmussen Makes It Official: Marco Rubio More Electable Than Charlie Crist

A new Rasmussen poll knocks the props out from the main argument why conservatives who would prefer to be represented in the Senate by Marco Rubio should nonetheless support Charlie Crist. Crist, his supporters say, has two things going for him: he’s going to win the nomination anyway, and if nominated he’d do better in the general election. Certainly nobody would try to convince Republicans with a straight face that Crist would be a better Senator, given his support for the stimulus bill and other Obama initiatives. Well, there’s been a bunch of polls showing Rubio gaining ground on Crist in the nomination fight, but now Rasmussen reports that Rubio would be a stronger general election candidate. . . Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Remind the Speaker Who Really Influences Votes – You

Last August, you went to public forums and town halls across the country to hold your members of Congress accountable for their votes. You made your firm opposition to a government takeover of health care crystal clear. And on September 12, hundreds of thousands of you descended upon Washington to say once again that you would not be ignored. Congress took notice. But now, Speaker Pelosi and other top Democrats in Congress think you’ve been lulled to sleep. As they try to secure votes with deals for individual members, Democrat leaders are attempting to create a sense of momentum by claiming they have the necessary 218 votes for passage in the House. They want you to think a government takeover of health care is inevitable. They want you to throw in the towel. Don’t let them fool you. Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. AARP Leaves Questions Unanswered

This bill would make great strides for all of our members and their families….” AARP said July 14, as House Committees prepared to review and amend the health care overhaul bill in the House which contains nearly $500 billion in Medicare cuts. Last week, the Senate Finance Committee passed its version of health reform, and so, it appears, that the health care battle will continue to chug along with cuts to Medicare that will affect up to 14 million seniors across the country (14,000 in Washington State) and force them off of much-needed supplemental coverage providing them with critical benefits, such as prescription drugs. Why would a seniors’ advocacy group support such drastic cuts to Medicare? It simply does not add up. . . Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Dede Scozzafava Should Withdraw

Republicans could use to hold New York’s 23rd Congressional District. As it stands, because of poor choices along the way, the Democrat is in the lead. We know now, confirmed by multiple sources inside and outside the various campaigns, that Dede Scozzafava has fallen into third place. Her recent behavior indicates a candidate who has lost control of the message, the campaign, and any chance of winning. The Republican National Committee had given multiple indications to the media and bloggers that it would be staying out of this race. As soon as it was duly reported, the RNC jumped in. This is a little noted fact that should be better highlighted. Frankly, the NRCC’s determination to get in and make a go of it was a more honest and credible effort than that of the RNC — still stupid, but more honest. Please click here for the rest of the post.