The DC Morning – July 22, 2010

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Journolist update: How can we destroy Sarah Palin?Business community to Obama: We has a sadTea Party skeptics don’t buy this whole ‘caucus’ thingamajigPoll: America is ready to burn Congress to the ground Ag secretary apologizes for making snap judgments, publicly humiliating employee
Judicial activist to star in next sequel of Bring it On

1.) When Journolist met Palin: a hate story — The conversation began with a debate over how best to attack Sarah Palin, writes The Daily Caller’s Jonathan Strong. “Honestly, this pick reeks of desperation,” wrote Michael Cohen of the New America Foundation in the minutes after the news became public. It only got worse from there. Ryan Donmoyer of the bias-free Bloomberg News suggested that Palin being the mother of a child with Downs syndrome would give her bonus political points, prompting a Politico writer to counter-argue: “But doesn’t leaving sad baby without its mother while she campaigns weaken that family values argument? Or will everyone be too afraid to make that point?” Chris Hayes, Washington editor of the Nation, asked his Journolist colleagues to step up the anti-Palin vitriol, writing, “Keep the ideas coming! Have to go on TV to talk about this in a few min and need all the help I can get.” After someone suggested that it was sexist to pick Palin–because she is not a Harvard grad and believes in choosing life–a Mother Jones reporter wrote, “That’s excellent! If enough people – people on this list? – write that the pick is sexist, you’ll have the networks debating it for days. And that negates the SINGLE thing Palin brings to the ticket.” Hell, even Time’s Joe Klein, who likes to tell people that he arrives at his terrible ideas all by himself, thanked Journolist for his first Palin piece: “Here’s my attempt to incorporate the accumulated wisdom of this august list-serve community.”
Share: 2.) Wall Street is crying because of the hurtful things Obama says — “In the eyes of corporate America, President Barack Obama relied on a healthy dose of industry-bashing to sway votes in Congress for health reform and the new Wall Street regulations signed into law Wednesday,” reports Politico. “Some corporate leaders said Obama’s comments prove that he’s hostile to business. Others cited corporate fears of a credit crunch as banks comply with financial reform or the possibility of significant tax hikes if the Bush administration tax cuts are allowed to expire.” Really, businesspeople are freaking out right now. They have stopped throwing money at politicians as if doing so can solve all their problems. Now they are just sitting around, counting their gold, stewing in their own juices. How could Obama do this to them? Did they not give him and his friends, the Demoncrats, millions? These folks “really feel there is a deliberate attempt, as a populist political measure, to blame the business world for all the problems we have been having,” says Mort Zuckerman, owner of the New York Daily News. It is only a matter of time until Obama dusts off his “Kapitalist pigz!” sign from his days as a community organizer.
Share: 3.) Tea Partiers are less than thrilled with congresspeople pretending to be Tea Partiers — There comes a time in every grassroots movement’s life when it needs to take a good hard look in the mirror and ask itself, “Is this what I wanted? Am I happy now?” Tea Partiers across the nation were forced to do this on Wednesday, when congresspeople who embraced the movement after getting elected held the first meeting of the Tea Party Caucus. “I don’t appreciate the caucus,” said Robin Stublen, of Punta Gorda, Fla. “They don’t deserve it.” According to The Daily Caller’s Alex Pappas, “Stublen, a former coordinator with the Tea Party Patriots, continued by saying that he finds it ‘hypocritical’ that some of the 20-plus members who signed up for the caucus haven’t signed the Contract from America, a list of legislative desires trumpeted by many Tea Party leaders.” Stublen’s support isn’t unattainable, however. He just wants to see members of the Tea Party Caucus “put your money where your mouth is” and sign the Contract from America. This will probably never happen.
Share: 4.) America is less than thrilled with Congress. Period. — “Gallup’s 2010 Confidence in Institutions poll finds Congress ranking dead last out of the 16 institutions rated this year,” reports Gallup, one of the few polling companies not to be tainted by allegations of impropriety, idiot math, or bias this election seasons. “Eleven percent of Americans say they have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in Congress, down from 17% in 2009 and a percentage point lower than the previous low for Congress, recorded in 2008.” Shorter version: STOP SUCKING.
5.) Ag secretary did not think before he spoke/publicly fired someone — “I did not think before I acted,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday. “Vilsack said that he made the decision to dismiss Sherrod only after reading a transcript of her remarks in a less than three-minute video that was placed on the Internet. He said he did not know that the remarks were part of a larger speech,” reports The Daily Caller’s Jon Ward. The publisher of the video, Internet media mogul Andrew Breitbart also claimed to not know the video was part of a larger speech, but you’d think THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE would have a little bit more incentive to get the whole story before publicly firing a woman for being a racist. (Dale Peterson would have never done something like this.)
Share: 6.) Judicial activist says cheerleading is not a sport — “A federal judge determined Wednesday that competitive cheerleading, at least the brand offered at a small Connecticut institution this past season, is not a varsity sport that can be counted for the purposes of meeting gender equity requirements,” reports Inside Higher Ed. “Last year, Quinnipiac University announced that, primarily due to budget constraints, it planned to cut its women’s volleyball team and replace it with a competitive cheerleading squad for the 2009-10 season. A competitive cheerleading squad is typically much cheaper to run than a women’s volleyball team. Five players from the women’s volleyball team and their coach, however, sued Quinnipiac with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, arguing that its decision to cut their team violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.” While a federal judge ruled that cheerleading doesn’t satisfy Title IX, we here at The Daily Caller believe this conflict could–and should–be solved with a kiddie pool and 20 gallons of KY Jelly.