- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ka-boom

At long last, the big derby for Ted Kennedy’s proverbial “seat” has ended in Massachusetts. But the aftershocks have only just begun.

“A wave is building,”predicts Richard Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com. He says that the force will carry far more Democrats out of office on the state and federal level than did Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America” revolution in 1994.

“The fear and anger of American voters at the incumbent big-government party is so strong that no Democrat in America will be immune from the voters’ wrath,” Mr. Viguerie says.

Uh-oh.

“President Obama has three choices: He can quickly institute a midcourse shakeup of his White House staff and Cabinet, abandon his socialist legislative agenda and propose free-market solutions to America’s economic problems,” Mr. Viguerie continues. “He can continue his present course and take most Democrats on the November ballot over a high cliff and so weaken the Democratic Party that a new centrist party will arise to replace the present Democratic Party.”

Or?

“He can attempt to accelerate his socialist agenda in the face of overwhelming voter repudiation, assuring his defeat for re-election and his place in the ash heap of history,” Mr. Viguerie concludes.

365 days ago

Wait. It’s like an anniversary, right? Oh. Yes. President Obama was inaugurated exactly one year ago today, at high noon. But is it party time for the president?

“I don’t know if there’s anything that he’ll do prior to noon,” says White House spokesman Robert Gibbs. “I think in many ways it is, it’s an anniversary of types, but I don’t see that a lot of people are ultimately focused on marking the first year.”

No champagne toast, no sheet cake?

“I mean, since we’ve been here, we’ve had the anniversary of the election. That was the first year. And then there was the end of the first year, which was the end of the year; and then there will be the end of the first year,” Mr. Gibbs quips. “There will be no surprise parties for the end of the first year.”

Two’s company

The world’s favorite “odd couple” have made a 30-second video to raise money for Haiti emergency relief. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton speak without pretense and with a certain straightforward charm.

Inside the Beltway says, “Hurrah. Nice job, sirs.”

See it here: www.ClintonBushHaitiFund.org.

Already counting

The 2010 midterm elections already loom large in the minds of pollsters. Based on the responses of 400 “Washington elites” in a survey conducted Jan. 14-17, the public opinion research group Strategy One has determined “not IF Democrats will lose seats in the House, but HOW MANY seats they will lose.”

• 56 percent of “elite Republicans” expect Democrats to lose between 20 and 39 seats.

• 25 percent expect Democrats to lose 40 or more seats - and with that, their majority.

• 62 percent of “elite Democrats” say their party will lose fewer than 20 seats.

• 28 percent say Democrats will lose between 20 and 39 seats.

• 2 percent say their party will lose the House majority in November.

“The trend is certainly beginning to suggest a Republican wave,” the survey says.

Nice shade of puce

The green bonanza continues Wednesday when Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis announces the release of an additional $190 million in grants authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 — the federal agency’s investment “designed to support green jobs training that will lead to good paying jobs in a new clean economy.”

The grants will ultimately total $500 million, leading The Beltway to ponder this: What’s a “green” job? We consulted a few grants to find out. While multiple awards of $100,000 went to community groups intent on teaching young people or the unemployed how to weatherize or upgrade a home with environmentally friendly materials, a few awards seemed withered. Among them is $3,877,949 to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.

“This project entitled, ‘Researching the Green Economy’ will create a consortium consisting of work-force agencies in seven contiguous states to improve labor market information (LMI) collection.”

Well, OK. See all of the grants here: www.doleta.gov.

Unborn profits

The six-story Planned Parenthood clinic in downtown Houston, reportedly the nation’s largest abortion facility, is a disturbing symbol, some say.

“This abortion supercenter will most likely become the prototype for so-called ‘preventative care’ centers under President Obama’s health care plan,” says Family Research Center president Tony Perkins.

“The present health care bill gives bureaucrats in Washington great discretion in how they dole out funds and to what programs. Most of these decisions will be made by Health and Human Services director Kathleen Sebelius, the former governor of Kansas who has a record that made her the most pro-abortion governor in America,” he continues.

Planned Parenthood could reap “billions” from the current health care reform legislation.

“And that’s just federal funding,” Mr. Perkins says. “As the legislation stands now, Planned Parenthood would be considered an ‘authorized care provider’ by private insurers, which would flood the organization’s coffers with even more money regardless of its predatory record against minorities.”

Last year, more than 8,000 abortions were performed in the Texas facility.

“Unless we stop the health care bill, Planned Parenthood stands to advance the culture of death that’s responsible for projects like Houston’s abortion supercenter,” Mr. Perkins says.

Poll du jour

• 35 percent of conservatives have a favorable view of the “tea party” movement; 5 percent have an unfavorable view.

• 61 percent are either undecided or “haven’t heard” of the movement.

• 10 percent of liberals have favorable view of the tea party movement; 28 percent have an unfavorable view.

• 61 percent have not heard of the movement.

• 18 percent of Americans overall favor the tea party movement; 12 percent do not, and 69 percent have not heard of it.

• 46 percent of Americans who have heard of the “tea party” movement say it reflects views of the population; 40 percent disagree.

Source: A CBS News poll of 1,090 adults conducted Jan. 14 to 17.

Hoots, hollers and sheet cakes to jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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