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"Slaughter Rule" strategy unprecedented.

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For March 17, 2010

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Thought for the day: wouldn’t it be great if the Democrats showed as much concern for the constitutional rights and procedure when it comes to health care as they showed for whether the Christmas Day panty bomber was read his rights?

1. Here’s My News: Erick Erickson Joins CNN’s Roster of Political Contributors

2. Mitt Romney does good today. Endorses Nikki Haley.

3. “Slaughter Rule” Strategy Unprecedented

4. Stupak Amendment Exposes Obamacare’s Dirty Little Secret: Eugenics

5. Bob Bennett Must Go: TARP

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1. Here’s My News: Erick Erickson Joins CNN’s Roster of Political Contributors

A week after Christy decided to be a stay at home mom back in December, I got a call from CNN and was asked to meet some people in Atlanta. Since that time, as you all know, I’ve been on more than a few times. Well, CNN made an offer I couldn’t refuse. I’ve joined the network. Starting next Monday, you’ll be seeing a lot of me. I’m very excited by the opportunity. Thanks for the prayers and well wishes. This is the path God put me on and it was totally unexpected, but I go where the good Lord leads. From the release: “Prominent conservative commentator and RedState.com editor Erick Erickson will join CNN as a political contributor, it was announced today by Sam Feist, CNN political director and vice president of Washington-based programming. Erickson will appear weeknights on John King, USA, which launches Monday, March 22, as well as provide perspective and commentary to other programs across the network.” Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Mitt Romney does good today. Endorses Nikki Haley.

We’ve been after Mitt Romney for a while for not going all in for Doug Hoffman or Marco Rubio then coming out for Bob Bennett. Today he is really redeeming himself. Romney is going all in for Nikki Haley in South Carolina. The endorsement comes today. Huge news. CNN is now reporting on it (insert disclosure here related to post below). Haley is going up in the polls thanks to RedState support. What do we have to do to organize a money bomb for Nikki Haley? We need to make this happen folks. We need Nikki Haley in the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion. I hope other 2012 potentials will take note of this. Palin and Pawlenty may have led in on Doug Hoffman, but this is a truly gutsy move for a 2012 candidate to involve himself in South Carolina, given the importance of South Carolina in 2012. Taking sides here is BIG. Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. “Slaughter Rule” Strategy Unprecedented

Lefties (Daily Kos, TPMDC, and Huffington Post) are defending against allegations that the “Slaughter Rule” proposed strategy to pass ObamaCare without a vote is unprecedented and unconstitutional. The Slaughter Rule has the support of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and is the Democrats preferred strategy to pass ObamaCare. Liberals are peddling a talking point that self-executing rules like the Slaughter Rule have been done before and it was the Republicans that used this tool in the past. The fact of the matter is that there is no precedent for the House to pass a bill without a direct vote by using a budget reconciliation measure as a trigger and a means to pass ObamaCare. Nancy Pelosi’s potentially unconstitutional strategy to pass unconstitutional ObamaCare is without precedent nor justification. Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Stupak Amendment Exposes Obamacare’s Dirty Little Secret: Eugenics

The other day, when Bart Stupak revealed that he was told “If you pass the Stupak Amendment, more children will be born and therefore it will cost us millions more”, I mentioned that it was no real surprise. Abortion is an agenda to the Left, it’s not about life or some perceived ‘choice’. I said that it just exposes the face underneath the mask a bit more; Now, it isn’t just about funding abortion, but using it as a cost-saving tool. James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal agrees: “In order to be effective, a policy of using abortion as a cost-cutting measure would have to aim at preventing the birth of babies with such pre-existing conditions. The goal would be not a reduction in the number of babies, but an “improvement” in the “quality” (narrowly defined in economic terms) of the babies who are born. This is known as eugenics.” Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Bob Bennett Must Go: TARP

On March 23rd, if you live in Utah, you can show up at your local precinct caucus meeting and become a delegate into the convention process. You will have the power to boot Bob Bennett from his seat. Here, ladies and gentlemen, is the penultimate reason. Bob Bennett voted for TARP. But he did not just vote for TARP, he made money off of the TARP recipients. Bennett and his leadership PAC have accepted PAC contributions from TARP recipients in the amount of $125,800. They are:

  • Hartford Financial Services ($7,000)
  • Metlife ($2,000)
  • Bank of America ($18,000)
  • JP Morgan ($8,000)
  • Citigroup ($15,000)
  • Morgan Stanley ($17,000)
  • Zions Bancorp ($5,300)
  • American Express ($13,000)
  • Capital One Financial ($11,000)
  • Chrysler ($4,000)
  • Goldman Sachs ($9,500)
  • Discover Financial Services ($3,000)
  • AIG ($1,000), Investco Ltd ($2,000)
  • Wells Fargo ($5,000)
  • Merrill Lynch ($5,000)

This does not include the money Bennett has taken from lobbyists representing TARP recipients. Bennett also holds stock in Morgan Stanley. He earned money from Wells Fargo & Co. last year via capital gains. He holds stock in Pimco Income Opportunity Fund, which invested in a heck of a lot of the TARP recipients. Please click here for the rest of the post.

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Erick Erickson is the Editor-in-Chief of RedState. His RedState Morning Briefing stays ahead of competition by delivering breaking news at 5AM every weekday to an audience that includes everyone from grassroots activists to talk radio hosts, television pundits, and print journalists. Erickson also appears regularly as a contributor on Fox News and has a nightly radio program on WSB in Atlanta.

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