RedState Morning Briefing

RedState Morning Briefing
For November 5, 2009


1. Today Americans March on Washington

Last Thursday, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) urged Americans to go to Washington today and protest Obamacare. Well, Mark Levin picked up the charge and others joined her. Today, thousands will pour into Washington to tell Nancy Pelosi and the Congress to send Obamacare to a death panel (that’s section 1233 of the original legislation). If you need details on where to go in D.C. or if you can’t go, but want to show up at your Congresscritter’s local office, go here. And Americans owe a huge thank you to Michele Bachmann for sounding the call to action. Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. The Brad Ellsworth Abortion Money-Laundering Scheme

Speaker Pelosi, Henry Waxman, and the White House are engaged in peddling another phony compromise. This is all theater. The “negotiations” are scripted ad phony. The language being circulated, and loosely associated with Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-In.), does not mitigate either of the abortion-subsidy provisions contained in H.R. 3962. This language is intended only to wrap the pro-abortion provisions in additional layers of concealment. The latest version of the Democrats’ abortion compromise being circulated contains a money-laundering scheme that is truly laughable. Some of the people involved in this enterprise apparently think that their constituents are simpletons. The bill explicitly authorizes the federal insurance plan, the public option, to pay for all elective abortions. When the public option pays for abortions, it will be spending federal funds, because that is the only kind of money that a federal agency can spend in the real world. Henry Waxman and his front men can write language in the bill calling the money anything he wants, but we care about the reality, not what they call it. Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Yes, All Politics Is Local

Republicans are – rightly – crowing about the GOP’s victories in the New Jersey Governor’s race and a battery of races in Virginia from the Governorship on down and what they say about the turn in the national mood, if not in a pro-Republican direction then at least in a direction that’s sufficiently hostile to the Democrats that voters in states won by Obama and dominated by the Democrats in the last few years are willing to give individual Republicans another chance. But the key word there, even in an across-the-board sweep like happened in Virginia, is individual. There remains an ongoing battle on the Right over how Republicans choose which candidates to support – who voters and the national party organs should back in primaries, when and whether to support third party candidacies, etc. It’s a battle intensified by Doug Hoffman’s loss in the NY-23 race after the NRCC-backed candidate, Dede Scoazzafava, ended up swinging the race to the Democrats when she endorsed Bill Owens. But in making sense of such debates, this is a point that cannot be stressed enough: no matter how favorable or unfavorable the overall national climate may be, no matter what ideological compass you want the party to follow, you can’t ever overlook the importance of the individual candidates and the conditions they run in. I said it in 2008 with regard to presidential campaigns, and it’s true as well of races for Governor, Senate or House: ideas don’t run for president, people do. Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Dear RedState: “I Hear You, Washington Hears You, and the Idiots On My Staff Who Did This Hear You.” Respectfully, Sen. Cornyn

Well, the one Republican in Washington, D.C. today who seems to have had a realistic assessment of what took place yesterday is John Cornyn, the Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He made sure to tell a reporter that the NRSC will not spend any money in Florida for Crist or against Rubio. Most curious in his statement were three words. Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. White House rises to the level of junior high in wake of NYC elections.

So Rep. Anthony Weiner of NY – who is understandably upset that the Democrats were not able to take advantage of Mayor Bloomberg’s revealed weakness in yesterday’s election – made a somewhat passive-aggressive suggestion that the administration spent too much time on Jon Corzine and pretty much no time at all on Bill Thompson. Such things are inevitable in the aftermath of a lost election, particularly when it’s actually the aftermath of lost elections. The double hammer-blow of losing both Virginia and New Jersey’s governors’ seats is going to make a number of Democrats say some unfortunate things for a while. A prudent or experienced administration will let those things slide. Fortunately for the GOP, the current one is neither. Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Sen. Lieberman “will oppose cloture on a final bill,” as Pelosi Forces Her Members to Walk the Plank

While Senator Reid admitted in a letter sent to every Republican Senator that his merged bill between the Senate Finance and Senate HELP Committee versions is a vapor bill and “does not exist,” the Speaker is forcing her House Members to walk the plank and vote. Senator Reid says he is waiting for various scores to come back from the Congressional Budget Office, but you have to wonder why the Speaker is forcing her membership to walk the plank on a much more thermonuclear subject than cap-and-trade — the health bill, which is really the biggest vote of the year on spending, abortion, taxes, immigration, the deficit, and government control of the lives of Americans? As the Speaker forces House Members to walk through that minefield, ABC NEWS is reporting no health care until next year. Please click here for the rest of the post.