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Question of the Day
AT THE READY
Let the quacking begin. And the oratory. What with all the business-as-usual items on the Democratic wish list, the “tea party” will stand fast outside the lame-duck session that begins Monday in Congress. Republican heavyweights will rally at high noon on the U.S. Capitol grounds, joined by the Washington D.C. Tea Party, the Constitutional Tea Party, Let Freedom Ring and a host of other organizations in favor of less-government, and in particular, a two-year moratorium on pork-barrel earmarks.
On hand to lend political heft: Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Reps. Mike Pence of Indiana and Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, and Reps.-elect Morgan Griffith of Virginia, Frank Guinta of New Hampshire, Bob Gibbs of Ohio and Sean Duffy of Wisconsin.
“Congress must respect the will of the people and refrain from passing any new legislation that supports or funds the left’s global warming agenda, the bailout for union pensions or funding for the Obama-Pelosi health care takeover,” says Tim Phillips, president of event organizer Americans for Prosperity.
“This is an opportunity for Republicans to demonstrate their commitment to cutting government waste and spending. The last thing we need in this economy is another ‘bridge to nowhere,’ ” Mr. Phillips says, adding that the public can follow the rally online at http://novemberspeaks.com.
Please, somebody compile a playbook so we can track the fluid ideology of broadcast pundits. Witness filmmaker John Ziegler, maker of the 2009 documentary “Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected And Palin Was Targeted,” sparring with CNN’s Kathleen Parker:
“You essentially took part in the assassination of Sarah Palin,” Mr. Ziegler told the co-host of “Parker/Spitzer” on Friday, calling her an “alleged conservative” and citing her syndicated column that once framed Mrs. Palin as “out of her league” in national politics.
“I did not take part in the assassination. I led the assassination,” Mrs. Parker replied matter-of-factly.
“Have you cleaned the blood off your clothes yet?” Mr. Ziegler asked, adding, “You used to be a conservative before you got on CNN.”
Mrs. Palin responded to the exchange with a tweet on Sunday: “Parker: appreciate your admittance. Now, I’m still standing; Standing by family, faith & flag. Who do u stand by today?”
GET ON WITH IT
After all the hubbub, many Americans take issue with the fact that there is a two-month gap between the midterm elections and Jan. 3, when new members of the U.S. Senate and House finally take their seats and get down to business. That’s, uh, two months. About half of the voters say the wait is just too long, says a Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted Nov. 9-10, which reveals that 49 percent think the time between Election Day and the big swearing-in should be shorter; 32 percent disagree. It has not always been thus.
“Interestingly, in January 2008, voters tended to oppose shortening the time between Election Day and the presidential inauguration on January 20. Thirty-two percent said there should be less time between the two - but 48 percent felt otherwise,” Rasmussen says.
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