- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 2, 2010


The czar roster expands: The White House has created a new position to investigate shortcomings in national security that ultimately led to the WikiLeaks debacle - still destined to be special section, front-page news at the New York Times through Wednesday. The new alpha man? That would be Russell Travers, deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center, who will lead “a comprehensive effort to identify and develop the structural reforms needed in light of the WikiLeaks breach.” President Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board has also been tapped to “take an independent look at the means by which the Executive Branch as a whole shares and protects classified information.”


What does one do after losing a high-profile political campaign? Write a book, of course. That’s the plan of Christine O'Donnell, the intrepid conservative who ultimately lost her quest for U.S. senator in the state of Delaware to Democrat Chris Coons after months of serious combat. Ms. O'Donnell has signed on with St. Martin’s Press, pledging to produce a behind-the-scenes look at her campaign and an honest assessment of her “frustrations and concerns with the current political climate.” Look for the finished work next August.

“The 2010 midterm elections were just the beginning - the first rumblings of a revolution that has not fully erupted. I plan on making my book one of the revolution’s catalysts,” Ms. O'Donnell says.

She has not lost her grass-roots “tea party” touch. Ms. O'Donnell will be the keynote speaker at the Northern Virginia Tea Party’s annual banquet on Dec. 7, joined by Northern Virginia state Delegate Bob Marshall, author of Virginia’s Healthcare Freedom Act, the basis of Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II’s recent lawsuit against Obamacare.


Uh-oh. This may not go over so well with the food and fitness police: “You’re big and beautiful and know how to own it! You’re phat, fab and chic and have the big and bold personality to match. You’ve got the style, sex appeal and sass to get noticed without being a sample size. Time to show the world that big girls have more fun!” says the casting notice for a new VH-1 reality show, in association with Doron Ofir Casting and Left Right Productions. “Big girls don’t cry - they freakin’ party!”


Newt Gingrich has already demonstrated that it’s never too early to woo the sizable Hispanic vote; he’s already cordial with Hispanic lawmakers and diplomats and founded “the Americano,” a bilingual news site for center-right Hispanics. The Heritage Foundation also has entered the arena, launching “Heritage Libertad,” meant to provide serious policy analysis in Spanish for the, uh, wonkistadores.

“Libertad.org, will give Spanish-speaking Americans access to top-flight research and informed, conservative commentary,” says Mike Gonzalez, vice president for communications. “Surveys show that vast majorities of Hispanic Americans already embrace conservative attitudes.”


“Well, Obama did promise change.”

Instapundit columnist Glenn Reynolds, on a new Rasmussen Reports survey of 15,000 Americans “for the first time ever” revealing that 36 percent identify as Republicans and 34.7 percent identify as Democrats.


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