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Monday, June 8, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Our favorite anonymous ad man e-mails:

I get quite a few letters at bearinthewoods84@gmail.com when I write a piece here. There’s frequently more than I can answer quickly and completely, so I apologize to those readers who don’t get a response right away. I do still have a day job, and, honestly, as behind as we all think the GOP is in all the facets of new media and marketing, I can report with authority that many mainstream consumer advertisers aren’t that much further ahead. I have my work cut out for me. The only difference I can truly see is that there is a real market for top level creative marketing with a thorough understanding of new media when it relates to consumer products. In political circles, though, that market is hard to find — on the Right. The Left has it. But I don’t sing that tune. Once the Right – or at least the budget-makers on the right – understand that a deep knowledge of branding, popular culture, and emotionally engaging messaging is required on top of an understanding of new media tools, perhaps that market will develop. I’m keeping an eye out for opportunities. For now, though, I remain a regular ad guy.

I’ve written a lot here about the need for an encompassing mantra that can accommodate the range of conservative positions, yet at the same time speak to individual, single issue niches. Looking at the creative from a purely analytical viewpoint, that was the beauty of “Change.” It had different meaning for each of a wide range of audiences, yet was capable of encompassing any and every position the campaign wanted to take.

While the GOP struggles to define positions and directions, a significant groundswell of conservatives and moderates has begun to build in opposition to many of the Administration’s policies and actions. Conservative commentators, on the air and on the web, have stepped in to fill the leadership void left by a slow-to-action GOP, and that has helped to coalesce something of a movement, but the movement is still in need of a mantra that works.

A couple of months ago, I got to thinking that “Truth” was an interesting position to take, especially in light of specific Administration actions. I wrote about it here. Link: http://tinyurl.com/ajd6rn Like all creative thoughts, though, I have to admit there are some hurdles with this one. First, I don’t think “Truth” would be effective if applied to opinion, and clearly, if adopted, it would be. Secondly, I believe the Left sees more than one “truth,” which although inconsistent with the actual definition of the word, is what it is, and weakens its use as a mantra. So I’ve been mulling. And more importantly, reading, the letters that are written to me.

Ira Besserman, a “closet conservative in Hollywood,” I think, has hit upon a mantra that works. In his letter to me, he talked about how Liberals are all about feelings, yet conservatives value reason, wisdom, and common sense. He suggested something along the lines of “More than a Feeling” as a mantra. Always the creative director, I saw something in his setup that resonated even better than his conclusion. He nailed it, I think, with “Common Sense.”

Common Sense speaks to reason, wisdom, and truth. Common Sense has broad appeal, and applies to conservative positions on every single policy. Common Sense tells us you can’t get out of debt by spending more, you can’t alienate achievers and hope to achieve, you can’t protect from a position of weakness, and you can’t improve the efficiency of anything by applying more government. Common Sense has strong roots in history, and is a strong statement of purpose for conservative values today. Common Sense makes sense, across the board.

So, let’s use it. Let’s use the phrase when we’re talking about our positions. Let’s use it on signs at Tea Parties, in headlines of blog posts, on the air, and in conversation. If we use it, we own it — and can apply it — to bring Common Sense back to a government that increasingly doesn’t seem to make any sense at all.

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“The Government Plan” and the End of American Medicine As We Know It

Sunday, June 7, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The New York Times reports this morning that President Obama is going to throw himself into the “debate” on the radical restructuring of American medicine underway on the Hill.

Except that there hasn’t been any “debate” to date, just a giant head-fake that kept the GOP, doctors, hospitals and insurance companies frozen while the Obama/Pelosi/Reid march towards a “government option” (which means single payer which means rationing and interference with a patient’s choice of doctors and care) was positioned for a summer jam down.

The Times also provides an overview of what a “government option” means, and it means skyrocketing costs at the start and an almost certain takeover of the entire world of medicine very quickly thereafter. The GM precedent is obviously applicable: What Team Obama can gain control of, it takes control of. Political power advances through the control of many, not fewer, entities.

If doctors were to demand a stop to the “government option,” it would quickly disappear, but the AMA has been silent, and doctors are too often too busy to even notice the steamroller headed their way. The list of “Blue Dog Democrats” below, complete with contact information, is where local doctors ought to begin to lodge their protests. In another eight weeks, it will be too late.

Stopping Obamacare’s Government Option Via The Blue Dogs: The List and Contact Information

Friday, June 5, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

It is possible to stop the destruction of American medicine, but individual voters are going to have to get involved, led by doctors and other health care professionals who see what President Obama is pushing when it comes to health care. I am going to leave this post up at the top of this site until Monday in order to get the list it contains of contact information as widely disseminated as possible.

The Obama/Pelosi/Reid “government option” in their proposed radical restructuring of American medicine means a shift to a single payer-Canada style system of health care, which in turns means rationing and loss of the ability to pick your own doctors and plan your own treatments. This huge lurch left will be attempted in the next three months, and the passivity of the AMA, the hospitals, and the insurance companies has been astounding as the Beltway elites have concluded there is no way to defeat the large Democratic majorities in the House and Senate. In essence, the groups that should have been fighting with all their resources to preserve quality health care are negotiating terms of surrender.

Or they were until recently when it began to become obvious even to the most Obama-dazzled that the president intends to do to American medicine what he has done to GM: Take it over. The means to that end is the so-called “government option,” alone or in combination with various proposed “mandates.”

The only way to defeat the “government option” and the worst of the mandates is through the collection of the votes of moderate House Democrats who fear losing their seats in the 2010 election when the backlash against the president’s huge expansion of government combines with disappointment over high unemployment to produce the traditional off-year gains for the party-out-of-power. Democrats in center-to-right leaning districts have to survive 2010 in order to get some redistricting help in 2012, but they know what history predicts.

Moderate-to-conservative Democrats in the House are grouped in the so-called “Blue Dog Coalition.” Below you will find all the contact information for each of the “Blue Dogs,” arranged by state. If you are serious about stopping the “government option” and blocking rationing and the ruin of the leading position of American medicine in the world, you will contact each of these Blue Dogs by phone and e-mail and fax, beginning with those in your state if there are any, and telling them that if they support the government option or burdensome mandates, you will contribute to their 2010 opponent and work to make sure everyone in their district knows that they voted to bring Canadian-style, single payer health care to the U.S. Doctors and health care professionals especially have to weigh in directly by phone and e-mail with these Blue Dogs, and to do so repeatedly. Call their D.C. offices, but also call their district offices. Be specific: If they vote for the “government option” or “mandates,” you will work to defeat them. Hard. With cash to their opponents.

I encourage you to send this link to your family, friends, and fellow workers, with a note encouraging them to get involved as well. Not even very loyal House Democrats will vote for the massive and radical overhaul of American medicine if they believe it will be an issue 18 months from now when they face the electorate which will lead to their defeat.

The Blue Dogs:

Alabama

Rep. Bobby Bright-2nd District

DC Phone: (202) 225-2901

District Phone: Dothan (334) 794-9680; Montgomery (334) 277-9113; Opp (334) 493-9253

Link to E-mail: https://forms.house.gov/bright/contact-form.shtml

Rep. Parker Griffith-5th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-4801

District Phone: Huntsville (256) 551-0190; Decatur (256) 355-9400; Shoals (256) 381-3450

Link to E-mail: http://griffith.house.gov/?sectionid=7&sectiontree=4,7

Arkansas

Rep. Marion Berry-1st District

DC Phone: (202) 225-4076

District Phone: Jonesboro (870) 972-4600; Cabot (501) 843-4955; Mountain Home (870) 425-3510

Link to E-Mail: http://www.house.gov/berry/messageform.html

Rep. Mike Ross-4th District

DC Phone: 1-800-223-2220

District Phone: El Dorado (870) 881-0681; Hot Springs (501) 520-5892; Pine Bluff (870) 536-3376; Prescott (870) 887-6787

Link to E-mail: http://ross.house.gov/?sectionid=77&sectiontree=76,77

Arizona

Rep. Harry Mitchell-5th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-2190

District Phone: (480) 946-2411

Link to E-mail: https://forms.house.gov/mitchell/webforms/issue_subscribe.htm

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords-8th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-2542

District Phone: Tucson (520) 881-3588; Cochise (520) 459-3115

Link to E-mail: https://giffordsforms.house.gov/contact/email.shtml

California

Rep. Mike Thompson-1st District

DC Phone: (202) 225-3311

District Phone: Napa (707) 226-9898; Humboldt (707) 269-9595; Mendocino (707) 962-0933; Yolo (530) 662-5272

Link to E-mail: http://mikethompson.house.gov/htbin/formproc_za.pl?/mthompson/contact/email_auth.txt&form=/mthompson/contact/email_form.shtml&pass

Rep. Dennis Cardoza-18th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-6131

District Phone: Merced (209) 383-4455; (209) 527-1914; Stockton (209) 946-0361

Link to E-mail: https://writerep.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep

Rep. Jim Costa-20th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-9308

District Phone: Fresno (559) 495-1620; Bakersfield (661) 869-1620

Link to E-mail: http://www.house.gov/formcosta/issue.htm

Rep. Loretta Sanchez-29th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-2965

District Phone: (714) 621-0102

Link to E-mail: http://www.lorettasanchez.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=218&Itemid=17

Rep. Jane Harman-36th District

DC Phone: (202) 225 8220

District Phone: El Segundo (310) 643 3636; Wilmington (310) 549 8282

Link to E-mail: http://www.house.gov/harman/contact/email.shtml

Rep. Joe Baca-43rd District

DC Phone: (202) 225-6161

District Phone: (909) 885-2222

Link to E-mail: https://forms.house.gov/htbin/formproc_za/baca/ht_zip_parms.txt&form=/baca/messageform.shtml

Colorado

Rep. John Salazar-3rd District

DC Phone: (202) 225-4761

District Phone: Grand Junction (970) 245-7107; Pueblo (719) 543-8200; Durango (970) 259-1012; Alamosa (719) 587-5105

Link to E-mail: http://www.house.gov/htbin/formproc_za/salazar/contact-zip.txt&form=/salazar/contact2.shtml

Florida

Rep. Allen Boyd-2nd District

DC Phone: (202) 225-5235

District Phone: Tallahassee (850) 561-3979; Panama City (850) 785-0812

Link to E-mail: http://www.house.gov/htbin/formproc_za/boyd/zip_authen.txt&form=/boyd/contact_email.html&pass

Georgia

Rep. Sanford Bishop-2nd District

DC Phone: (202) 225-3631

District Phone: Albany (229) 439-8067; Colombus (706) 320-9477; Thomasville (229) 226-7789

Link to E-mail: http://bishop.house.gov/display.cfm?section_id=13

Rep. Jim Marshall-3rd District

DC Phone: (202) 225-6531

District Phone: Macon (478) 464-0255; Dublin (478) 296-2023; Tifton (229) 556-7418

Link to E-mail: https://writerep.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep?HIP29329573301.1220.9427

Rep. John Barrow-12th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-2823

District Phone: Augusta (706) 722-4494; Sandersville (478) 553-9215; Savannah (912) 354-7282

Link to E-mail: https://forms.house.gov/barrow/webforms/issue_subscribe.htm

Rep. David Scott- 13th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-2939

District Phone: Jonesboro (770) 210-5073; Smyrna (770) 432-5405

Link to E-mail: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

Iowa

Rep. Leonard Boswell-3rd District

DC Phone: (202) 225-3806

District Phone: (515) 282-1909

Link to E-mail: http://boswell.house.gov/?sectionid=81&sectiontree=4,81

Idaho

Rep. Walt Minnick-1st District

DC Phone: (202) 225-6611

District Phone: Meridian (208) 888-3188; Lewiston (208) 743-1388; Couer d’Alene (208) 667-0127

Link to E-mail: https://forms.house.gov/minnick/contact-form.shtml

Indiana

Rep. Joe Donnelly-2nd District

DC Phone: (202) 225-3915

District Phone: South Bend (574) 288-2780; Logansport (574) 753-2671; La Porte (219) 326-6808; Michigan City (219) 873-1403

Link to E-mail: http://donnelly.house.gov/contact/email.shtml

Rep. Brad Ellsworth-8th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-4636

District Phone: Evansville (812) 465-6484; Terre Haute (812) 232-0523

Link to E-mail: http://www.ellsworth.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=325&Itemid=

Rep. Baron Hill (Co-Chair for Policy)-9th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-5315

District Phone: Jeffersonville (812) 288-3999; Bloomington (812)336-3000

Link to E-mail: https://forms.house.gov/htbin/formproc_za/baronhill/IMA/issue_subscribe_parm.txt&form=/baronhill/IMA/issue_subscribe_verify.shtml

Kansas

Rep. Dennis Moore-3rd District

DC Phone: (202) 225-2865

District Phone: Overland Park (913) 383-2013; Kansas City (913) 621-0832; Lawrence (785) 842-9313

Link to E-mail: http://www.moore.house.gov/htbin/formproc_za.pl?/moore/contact/zip_authen.txt&form=/moore/contact/email.shtml

Kentucky

Rep. Ben Chandler-6th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-4706

District Phone: (859) 219-1366

Link to E-mail: https://writerep.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep?HIP29329573301.26817.5636

Louisiana

Rep. Charlie Melancon (Co-Chair for Communications)-3rd District

DC Phone: (202) 225-4031

District Phone: Houma (985) 876-3033; Chalmette (504) 271-1707; Gonzales (225) 621-8490; New Iberia (337) 367-8231

Link to E-mail: http://www.melancon.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=205

Maryland

Rep. Frank Jr. Kratovil-1st District

DC Phone: (202) 225-5311

District Phone: Centreville (443) 262 -9136

Link to E-mail: https://forms.house.gov/kratovil/contact-form.shtml

Maine

Rep. Mike Michaud-2nd District

DC Phone: (202) 225-2943

District Phone: Bangor (207) 942-6935; Lewiston (207) 782-3704; Presque Isle (207) 764-1036; Waterville (207) 873-5713

Link to E-mail: https://forms.house.gov/michaud/webforms/issue_subscribe.htm

Minnesota

Rep. Collin Peterson-7th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-2165

District Phone: Detroit Lakes (218) 847-5056; Marshall (507) 537-2299; Montevideo (320) 235-1061; Red Lake Falls (218) 253-4356; Redwood Falls (507) 637-2270; Willmar (320) 235-1061

Link to E-mail: http://collinpeterson.house.gov/zipauth.htm

Mississippi

Rep. Travis Childers-1st Districts

DC Phone: (202) 225-4306

District Phone: Tupelo (662) 841-8808; Hernando (662) 449-3090; Colombus (662) 327-0748

Link to E-mail: https://forms.house.gov/htbin/formproc_za/childers/webforms/contact_parm.txt&form=/childers/webforms/contact_form.htm

Rep. Gene Taylor-4th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-5772

District Phone: Bay St. Louis (228) 469-9235; Ocean Springs (228) 872-7950; Hattiesburg (601) 582-3246; Laurel (601) 425-3905

Link to E-mail: https://forms.house.gov/genetaylor/webforms/zipauth.htm


North Carolina

Rep. Mike McIntyre-7th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-2731

District Phone: Lumberton (910) 735-0610; Fayetteville (910) 323-0260; Wilmington (910) 815-4959; Bolivia (910)-253-0158

Link to E-mail: http://www.house.gov/mcintyre/issue.shtml

Rep. Heath Shuler (Whip)-11th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-6401

District Phone: Asheville (828) 252-1651; Murphy (828) 835-4981; Sylva (828) 586-1962

Link to E-mail: http://shuler.house.gov/htbin/formproc_za/shuler/ht_zip_parms.txt&form=shuler/messageform.htm

North Dakota

Rep. Earl Pomeroy

DC Phone: (202) 225-2611

District Phone: Bismarck (701) 224-0355; Fargo (701) 235-9760

Link to E-mail: http://www.house.gov/htbin/formproc_za/formpomeroy/ht_zip_parms.txt&form=/formpomeroy/messageform.htm

New York

Rep. Mike Arcuri-24th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-3665

District Phone: Utica (315) 793-8146/8147; Auburn (315) 252-2777/2778; Cortland (607) 756-2470

Link to E-mail: http://arcuri.house.gov/IMA/issue_subscribe.htm

Ohio

Rep. Charles Wilson-6th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-5705

District Phone: Canfield (330) 533-7250; Marietta (740) 376-0868; Bridgeport (740) 633-5705; Ironton (740) 533-9423; Wellsville (330) 532-3740

Link to E-mail: http://www.charliewilson.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=139

Rep. Zack Space-18th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-6265

District Phone: Dover (330) 364-4300; Zanesville (740) 452-6338; Chillicothe (740) 779-1636

Link to E-mail: http://space.house.gov/?sectionid=61&sectiontree=26,61

Oklahoma

Rep. Dan Boren-2nd District

DC Phone: (202) 225-2701

District Phone: Muskogee (918) 687-2533; Claremont (918) 341-9336; McAlester (918) 423-5951

Link to E-mail: http://www.house.gov/boren/emailsignup.shtml

Pennsylvania

Rep. Jason Altmire-4th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-2565

District Phone: Aliquippa (724) 378-0928; Natrona (724) 226-1304

Link to E-mail: https://forms.house.gov/altmire/webforms/issue_subscribe.htm

Rep. Patrick Murphy-8th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-4276

District Phone: Bristol (215) 826-1963; Doylestown (215) 348-1194

Link to E-mail: http://www.house.gov/htbin/formproc_za/formpatrickmurphy/ht_zip_parms.txt&form=/formpatrickmurphy/messageform.shtml

Rep. Christopher Carney-10th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-3731

District Phone: Clarks Summit (570) 585-9988; Shamokin (570) 644-1682; Williamsport (570) 327-1902

Link to E-mail: http://www.carney.house.gov/contact.shtml#email

Rep. Tim Holden-17th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-5546

District Phone: Berks (610) 921-3502; Dauphin/Perry (717) 234-5904; Lebanon (717) 270-1395; Schuylkill (570) 622-4212

Link to E-mail: http://holden.house.gov/htbin/formproc_za/holden/email_zipauth.txt&form=messageform.shtml

Tennessee

Rep. Lincoln Davis-4th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-6831

District Phone: Columbia (931) 490-8699; Jamestown (931) 879-2361; McMinnville (931) 473-7259; Rockwood (865) 354-3323

Link to E-mail: https://writerep.house.gov/htbin/wrep_const

Rep. Jim Cooper-5th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-4311

District Phone: Nashville (615) 736-5295

Link to E-mail: http://www.cooper.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=117&Itemid=61

Rep. Bart Gordon-6th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-4231

District Phone: Murfreesboro (615) 896-1986; Cookeville (931) 528-5907; Gallatin (615) 451-5174

Link to E-mail: http://gordon.house.gov/contact/contact_form.shtml

Rep. John Tanner-8th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-4714

District Phone: Union City (731) 885-7070; Jackson (731) 423-4848; Millington (901) 873-5690

Link to E-mail: https://writerep.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep

Texas

Rep. Henry Cuellar-28th District

DC Phone: (202) 225-1640

District Phone: Laredo (956) 725-0639; McAllen (956) 631-4826; Rio Grande City (956) 487-5603; San Antonio (210) 271-2851; Seguin (830) 401-0457

Link to E-mail: http://cuellar.house.gov/Contact/ContactForm.htm

Utah

Rep. Jim Matheson-2nd District

DC Phone: (202) 225-3011

District Phone: South Salt Lake (801) 486-1236; St. George (435) 627-0880;

Link to E-mail: https://forms.house.gov/matheson/contact.shtml

Virginia

Rep. Glenn Nye-2nd District

DC Phone: (202) 225-4215

District Phone: Hampton (757) 326-6201; Eastern (757) 789-5092

Link to E-mail: http://nye.house.gov/?sectionid=7&sectiontree=4,7

“On The Other Hand…”

Thursday, June 4, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

President Obama’s causal argument today concerning equivalence between the Holocaust and the plight of the Palestinians was the worst part of a lousy speech, but I have a handful of e-mails arguing that it wasn’t so bad.

OK, fill in the next paragraph:

“Slavery was a terrible scourge upon the men and women who suffered under it, and a deep stain on the American republic and upon every slave-owner and every American who was silent about its inherent evil

On the other hand….”

Sometimes there is no “other hand,” and the attempt to create one today was deeply dishonest pandering by the president.

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