Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Morning Briefing: Known Unknowns


Morning Briefing

For November 13, 2012

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1. Known Unknowns

Byron York has a terrific article in this fact free shooting from the hip post-election week of hand wringing and incessant demands on party purges from people who aren't even in the Republican Party.

The week following the 2002 election, talking heads on television gave every sort of prognostication about what was wrong with the Democratic Party.

2004 fueled the analysis further.

A lot of it turned out to be wrong. Two years later, the liberal wing of the Democratic Party took over Congress and two years later, the liberal wing of the Democratic Party took the White House too.

So much for returning to the roots of the "moderate" Democratic Leadership Council, which ceased operations in 2011, less than seven years after the media finished excoriating the Democrats for their leftward, loss accumulating drift in 2004.

The biggest problem the GOP faces now is that so much of the punditry and analysis coming from within the GOP and on television comes from two groups of people: (1) those whose world view in politics began with the election of 2000 and who lack any sense of history and (2) those who have never really liked conservatives anyway.

Lest we forget, as Dan McLaughlin has pointed out repeatedly, every Republican nominee since Ronald Reagan, excluding John McCain, opposed Ronald Reagan in the 1980 Republican Primary. There is a lot of ill will toward the Reagan Revolution within the GOP. It is exacerbated by the ill will outside the GOP. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

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2. Our Path Forward Is Not Moderation, It Is Infrastructure

As has been addressed in detail by many of the editors here at RedState the usual suspects have gleefully sounded the call for a purge of social conservatism, as they always do, as a political, cultural and structural solution for all that ills the GOP. Those rushing to the media to make these pronouncements are acting like frightened children lost in the woods, an unsurprising development considering the immaturity of thought found in the consultant class.

This isn't to say that the GOP is doing all that much right, in fact I am drawing a blank attempting to think of something for which to give them praise this cycle.  . . . please click here for the rest of the post

3.  Ohio Still Awaits Gov. Kasich's Obamacare Decisions

Ohio Governor John Kasich still has not announced official decisions on Obamacare exchange implementation or Medicaid expansion, major factors in the federal Goliath's reach into the Buckeye State. With President Obama reelected and no chance of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) repeal, choices left to the Republican administration by the 2010 law are more important than ever. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

4.  No Red Tape? Non-Union FEMA Crews, Water and Other Supplies Sit Idle Thanks To Unions & Red Tape

It's been two weeks since Hurricane Sandy killed 113 people, wiped out portions of towns, and knocked out power to millions. It has also been two weeks since Barack Obama pledged, "No bureaucracy. No red tape."

However, according to multiple public and private sources, unions and union-related red tape are causing workers from out of state to be turned back, as well as workers contracted by FEMA, as well as tons of supplies, already in New York and New Jersey to sit idle—at a cost of millions to taxpayers.  . . . please click here for the rest of the post

5. The Art of Compromise

There is incessant talk of the need for conservatives to compromise on their principles, even though Democrats have never showed a willingness to compromise on any of their sacred tenets.  However, there is little thought offered by the wizards of smart in the Republicans Party as to the meaning of compromise and how to effectively pursue one.

Let's excogitate over the definition of compromise. Compromise doesn't mean one side giving up the farm; it means a shared give and take on the important issues in dispute.  It also involves shrewd tactics and tough negotiations.  . . . please click here for the rest of the post

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Sincerely yours,

Erick Erickson

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