RedState Morning Briefing

RedState Morning Briefing
For February 16, 2010

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1. Will The Media Cover This Angle?

The media, liberal Republicans like David Frum, and every left-winger out there has for a year decried, bemoaned, ridiculed, and laughed at conservatives for an alleged “purity test” for candidates. I have been a chief target of those attacks from the Republican establishment, pundits, the left, and the media. Never mind that is was never true. I’ve always said the GOP should go right where it can go right. That’s not everywhere. Unperturbed, folks from the GOP establishment and Republican pay-to-play organizations to your friendly national news correspondent, have gone after me and conservatives for our alleged purity test. Charlie Crist is a victim. Kay Bailey Hutchison is victim. Carly Fiorina is a victim. Bob Bennett is a victim. You get the idea. These “fiscal conservatives,” which increasingly means someone is pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, and pro-tax increase, are all victims of the conservative movement’s purity test. The media has droned on ad nauseum about this. But what of yesterday? Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana is bidding goodbye to the United States Senate. He’s had enough. But why? Well, CNN reports this little gem that might otherwise be missed: “He hates the Senate, hates the left bloggers,” a friend and longtime adviser to Bayh said. “They are getting their wish, pure Democrats in the minority.“ [insert the scratching sound of an abruptly halted record here] Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Why We Should Rally Around Marlin Stutzman in Indiana

With the surprise announcement today of Democratic Senator and former Indiana Governor Evan Bayh retiring, the dynamics dramatically change for the Republicans in Indiana. The DC Republican crowd pushed former Senator Dan Coats into the race last week. I get that a lot of people will back Dan Coats. I have a lot of respect for Dan Coats. But the man retired in 1998 and then publicly announced he was moving to North Carolina. Then he became a lobbyist. The GOP needs to change its public image that voters have. It should not be using retired Senators who moved out of the state and become a lobbyist to do that. We need younger faces and fresher voices. We need guys like Marco Rubio. And we need guys like Marlin Stutzman. Marlin is pro-life. He supports the second amendment. He will be right on spending. He is a perfect fit for Indiana. His farming background is compelling. He’s voted conservatively in the Indiana legislature. I believe the GOP can do better and can rebuild and can raise up young conservative leaders. I believe Marlin Stutzman fits the bill and is someone we will not regret rallying behind. Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Let’s help Tamyra D’Ippolito get the 500 votes she needs

This could be fun. Democrats in Indiana are trying to clear the field for Brad Ellsworth to run in Evan Bayh’s spot. Tamyra D’Ippolito is about 1000 votes short of getting her petition in for qualifying. Those of you in Indiana should go out of your way to help Tamyra get the signatures she needs by TODAY at noon. Go here for the details on how to help her. Let’s help the Democrats have a contested primary too! Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Atheist Christians, Republican Democrats, and Other Absurdities – What’s at Stake in CLS v. Martinez

Can a public university force a religious student group to deny its faith in order to exist on campus? Does the First Amendment allow government-run colleges to simply ban any group from associating around any common ideas? Can government treat a religious organization’s faith requirements for voting power and leadership positions as the equivalent of racism? The Supreme Court will be examining those questions this term in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez. For the last three decades, Christian student groups have fought to be treated equally with other student groups on campus. Prior to 1981, many universities refused to permit Christian students to worship on campus or even to meet on the same terms as other groups. When the University of Missouri-Kansas City kicked a Christian student group off campus in 1979 for the unpardonable sin of “worshipping,” dozens of schools called the school to ask for advice on how to do the same. Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Joe Biden’s Raging Hypocrisy

I have to admit a lot of ambivalence about this post. One the one hand I feel silly doing this because we all know what is going on. After struggling for four years to ensure an American defeat in Iraq and endeavoring to effect a “slow bleed” of our military, Obama and Biden are now trying to take credit for policy decisions that were in place when they took office and which they pledged to undo. We all know that. On the other hand, I am offended at the lack of integrity of the ongoing clown conspiracy now governing our nation. We have never in our history had a government that had such a distant relationship with the truth or with a sense of honor, dignity, or propriety. We become complicit in their lies everytime we let their claims pass without rebuttal. I’ll let America’s Rain Man speak for himself . . . Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Redemption: Climate Change Was A Lie

What must be done now is to award the email hacker with the next Nobel Peace Prize, revoke Al Gore’s, confiscate all the profits that have been made from furthering the lies and misdirections of the climate alarmists (including Michael Moore of course), shut down the UN’s Climate wing, and immediately dismantle and disrupt the EPA and the last 20 years of restrictions and regulations and blockades of access to American energy resources. Oh yeah-let’s burn the Cap & Trade bill and shutter the whole economy-destroying Ethanol nonsense while we’re at it. Why you ask? Because it has finally come out that there has been no global warming since 1995. Please click here for the rest of the post.

7. This is The Gaian Workers’ Paradise of Cambridge. Welcome.

The City Council of Cambridge, MA established the Cambridge Climate Congress in 2009 and charged them with recommending actions to combat the “climate emergency” which currently threatens Life As We Know It in America’s most intellectual city. The committee was seated in December, and considering the gravity of the emergency, has acted with alacrity in preparing a vision of the City’s New Green Future. The Drafting Committee’s first stab at a set of recommendations (a 20-page .pdf file) is available here. While none of these measures have yet been enacted, they represent a window on the soul of the radical environmental movement, and the authoritarian means by which they’re prepared to force their vision on the rest of us. Please click here for the rest of the post.