- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 31, 2010

COURAGE, INDEED

Never underestimate the inner mettle of Karl Rove.

“With no visible security around, Rove was left to fend for himself,” explains Dave Bryan, political reporter for KCAL, who witnessed the fracas between Mr. Rove and shrieking members of the antiwar group Code Pink during a Beverly Hills, Calif., book signing Monday night. Led by founder Jodie Evans, the pink-hatted group of noisy, flailing females provided their own floor show for the stunned audience, disrupting the former White House chief of staff’s speech and attempting to handcuff him.

Mr. Rove, there to discuss his book “Courage and Consequences: My Life As a Conservative in The Fight,” was, uh, uncowed.

“With all due respect, this goes to show the totalitarianism of the left,” he told the audience, now annoyed with all the girl antics. “They don’t believe in dialogue; they don’t believe in courtesy. They don’t believe in First Amendment rights for anyone but themselves.”

MAIS OUI

Ooh-la-la. No more Freedom Fries. And there are stylish first ladies, a cuddlesome press conference with what sounded like Brigitte Bardot as translator, a clandestine visit to Ben’s Chili Bowl, a fancy amuse-bouche or two up in the family quarters. French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s visit to the White House was just so much cozier than, say, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s version last week.

“If Netanyahu was Obama’s Nikita Khrushchev, Sarkozy is his Marilyn Monroe,” observes National Review scribe Daniel Foster.

CIRCLE THE WAGONS

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission that Fox News stalwart Sean Hannity has used “illegal and deceptive marketing practices” in connection with the Freedom Alliance, his pro-military charity. The vilification has been predictably amped up on MSNBC and in the liberal blogosphere.

Enough already, says L. Brent Bozell III, founder of the Media Research Center.

“I have said many times that the greatest opposition to the left can be found in conservative talk radio, and every major conservative talk-show host should concern himself, or herself, with what inevitably will be ferocious personal attacks. Just ask Rush Limbaugh,” Mr. Bozell observes.

“It was only a matter of time before Sean Hannity would find himself with a big, fat target on his forehead, too. Now that he is set to launch his new book, ‘Conservative Victory,’ the left is going out of its way to smear him,” he continues.

“It’s time for conservatives to rally around this man. He is being attacked personally, not just because he’s trying to do something good for our military, but because he’s got a message to tell America in this book, and the left wants him stopped — by any means necessary.”

BLAH BLAH BLAH

Brace for impact. The speechwriters are as busy as bees. Or hornets, maybe.

Obama administration heavies are poised to descend upon the National Press Club for near back-to-back “newsmaker” events in the next few weeks, beginning with Census Bureau director Robert Groves on Wednesday.

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas Shulman takes his turn April 5, followed by Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; Homeland Security director Janet Napolitano; Rep. Sander M. Levin, Michigan Democrat and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee; U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus; and finally, Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee.



AND ELSEWHERE

“The U.S. Secret Service will stand guard by a Meet-the-President booth where President Obama will dispense ‘change pills’ for change you can swallow. White House gate crashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi were not invited, but are expected to show up anyway. There will also be a concealed bomb fashion show featuring underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.”

Manhattan-based hoax artist Joey Skaggs‘ suggestions for an April Fools’ Day Parade down New York’s Fifth Avenue — purely conceptual, of course — for everyone tired of politics and parades as usual

TOP TEA

Prizes for “tea party” activists? Sure. Why not? The Chicago-based Sam Adams Alliance has announced winners of the 2010 Sammies Awards to recognize those citizens willing to step out and “fight for freedom,” says chairman Eric O’Keefe, who adds that there will be a big fete for the honorees April 16, hosted by Big Hollywood.com founder Andrew Breitbart, and appearance by Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund.

Among the winners: John Papola of Verona, N.J. and Russ Roberts of Potomac, Md., won the $3,000 Video Award for “Fear the Boom and Bust,” which boils down the economic theories of John Maynard Keynes and F.A. Hayek into a five-minute rap anthem that racked up 1 million YouTube views, translation into a dozen languages and praise from PBS and the New York Times, among others.

See the rest here: www.samadamsalliance.org.

POLL DU JOUR

• 16 percent of Americans give a positive review of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s job performance.

• 52 percent give her a negative; 31 percent are “not familiar” with her.

• 16 percent of Americans give a positive review of the job performance of “Republicans in Congress.”

• 51 percent give them a negative; 33 percent are “not familiar” with them.

• 14 percent of Americans give a positive review of the job performance of “Democrats in Congress.”

• 54 percent give them a negative; 32 percent are “not familiar” with them.

Source: A Harris Poll of 2,320 adults surveyed March 1 to 8; the poll was released Tuesday.

Cat calls, doggerel, bird’s-eye views to jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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