- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cue the lights

Saturday’s Earth Hour was when people who care about the Earth were supposed to turn off their lights. So what was the world’s No. 1 environmentalist doing at that hour?

Drew Johnson, president of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research and a longtime Al Gore critic, went to the former vice president’s publicly available address in a posh section of Nashville, Tenn., and described the scene in a post on his Facebook profile, as reproduced at the conservative Tennessee blog matthewhurtt.com.

He arrived “at 8:48 p.m. — right in the middle of Earth Hour. I found that the main spotlights that usually illuminate his 9,000 square foot mansion were dark, but several of the lights inside the house were on. In fact, most of the windows were lit by the familiar blue-ish hue indicating that floor lamps and ceiling fixtures were off, but TV screens and computer monitors were hard at work,” Mr. Johnson wrote.

“The kicker, though, were the dozen or so floodlights grandly highlighting several trees and illuminating the driveway entrance of Gore’s mansion. I [kid] you not, my friends, the savior of the environment couldn’t be bothered to turn off the gaudy lights that show off his goofy trees.”

There was much mirth in the conservative blogosphere. “Do as I say, not as I do,” Girl on the Right summed up.

“Like Motel 6, ‘Environment Messiah’ Al Gore left the lights on for us during ‘Earth Hour’ this weekend. Perhaps he purchased enough carbon offsets to compensate. And I am sure that he means well,” Bob Griggs chuckled at his eponymous site.

Wasted letter

A high-profile blogger received similar fundraising letters from former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi within a few hours of each other Saturday, urging people to “Contribute $5, $10, or more to the Democrats’ Million Dollar Match before midnight on March 31st.”

It’s very urgent to raise money now, Mrs. Pelosi said, because “In less than 72 hours, the first [Federal Election Commission] quarterly fundraising deadline will hit. It will be viewed by the media and many political analysts as a critical first test of President Obama’s political strength.”

“Ugh. The Perpetual Obama Campaign Machine is a 24/7/365 operation,” wrote the recipient — Michelle Malkin at her self-named conservative blog. One suspects they are really barking up the wrong tree.

Twittergate I

The headline was obvious: “Keith Olbermann: Twitt.”

In an extensive post, Caleb Howe of Red State details and unpacks how MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann casually defamed a liberal Democrat over a piece of junk e-mail sent by another liberal Democrat, calling it part of the vast right-wing conspiracy led by “Fix News” (by which he probably meant “Fox”).

“To summarize, about a week ago Olbermann named Twitter his ‘Worst Person in the World’ for allegedly refusing to stop a fraudulent imposter account. It seems that Olbermann received an email addressed to Dan Cooper which referenced the @KeithOlbermann Twitter feed. Olbermann implies that Dan, as part of an apparent Fox News plot to defame him, is running the account. Small problem in this theory: the account was valid. MSNBC held the account in Olbermann’s name. Also, as my interview with Cooper illuminates, the idea that he would be a part of some conspiracy with Fox is absurd on its face,” Mr. Howe wrote in a column at America Online’s Political Machine, boiling down the long story (though Read the Whole Thing).

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