HE’S STILL GOT IT
A little heartening news as summer doldrums take hold. Gipper appeal has found a new generation: Youthful heartthrob Nick Jonas of Jonas Brothers fame and Grammy-nominated singer Jordin Sparks reveal they are unabashed fans of former President Ronald Reagan. The pair have been named co-chairmen of a youth leadership committee for the official Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration, a gargantuan fete set to begin on Feb. 6, 2011, on what would have been Mr. Reagan’s 100th birthday.
“Ronald Reagan is a personal hero of mine. I admire the way he stood up for causes he believed were right, no matter what,” Mr. Jonas says.
“Ronald Reagan’s optimism and graciousness is a model for me in my career,” Miss Sparks observes.
The committee also includes Rima Fakih, Miss USA 2010 — plus 37athletes, entertainers and student leaders, all younger than 25 — collectively boasting 17 Olympic medals, assorted NCAA awards and academic honors. Indy driver Marco Andretti, Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrence Austin, Olympic swimmer Katie Hoff and White Sox second baseman Ross Wilson are also on the roster. See the details here: www.reagancentennial.com/
“The very public investigations of Reps. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat, and MaxineWaters, California Democrat, are the most recent disasters for the Democrats. The images of these leaders fighting to maintain power despite clear ethical failures have effectively nullified tens of millions of dollars of Democratic campaign advertising,” says John Samples, director of the Center for Representative Government at the Cato Institute.
“For the majority party in Congress, the Rangel and Waters trials top a bad economy and an unpopular and divisive president. The analogy to the 1994 elections could not be more evident or more troubling for Democrats,” Mr. Samples continues. “In 1994, voters disgusted with misbehaving, corrupt congressmen finally acted, beginning with voting out Jim Wright as speaker. Given their conduct, Reps. Waters and Rangel are effectively making the case for another 1994 election scenario.”
COMINGS AND GOINGS
Newsmax made a bid to buy Newsweek from the Washington Post, but the Post deemed it too conservative and therefore unacceptable. The husband of a Democratic member of Congress? Just right,” observes National Review’s John J. Miller on the sale of the weekly magazine to philanthropist Sidney Harman, husband of Rep. Jane Harman of California.
“The journalism you create matters to the country and to the world,” managing editor Jon Meacham told the staff.
He has resigned and in the immediate future will complete a biography of Thomas Jefferson and, soon, a biography of former President George H.W. Bush.
STRUT THEIR STUFF
Male candidates: So stock up on the red ties, already. This may constitute a whole new voting bloc.
“It’s a symbol of courage and sacrifice, of sin and sexuality, of power and passion — and now new research demonstrates that the color red makes men more alluring to women,” notes the American Psychological Association, citing a University of Rochester study that gauged public reactions to men wearing red.