The nation’s most senior military officer comes to town to deliver a speech on economic policy to the local business community. Great. The local Democratic congresswoman shows up and horns in with a campaign speech. Not so great. That is exactly what happened in Tucson, Ariz., recently when Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen appeared as the keynote speaker at an annual business summit organized by Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, a development board.
Indeed, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made an “unscheduled” appearance at the summit, according to a source; her two-minute courtesy greeting turned into a 15-minute campaign speech before business insiders there for promising news about defense contracts or the state of nearby Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
“Giffords was not scheduled to speak, but she showed up anyway and expected to be put right on the stage. That’s really pushing the boundaries of her incumbency. The economic group received a phone call from the admiral’s office after it was all over. They were not happy that the congresswoman essentially got up and gave a stump speech,” the source says.
“And an officer of that stature has got to be very careful. He can’t be onstage, in campaign season, with someone who’s going to get her political message out, no matter what,” the source adds.
Tedious mockery of Sarah Palin, her causes and her family continues in the liberal press and Hollywood circles. But her good-natured appeal also continues, a bright, persistent phenomenon in a sea of mud: Mrs. Palin is the clear leader in a straw poll of potential Republican presidential candidates - this one from the American Spectator.
In a 21-nominee field, the former Alaska governor is No. 1, currently capturing 18 percent of the votes, followed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with 11 percent, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas with 9 percent and Mitt Romney with 7 percent.
Mike Huckabee, Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Newt Gingrich, John R. Bolton, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and a dozen others follow, each garnering diminishing percentages. Join the fray and vote online through Friday here: http://spectator.org/polls/2012-gop-straw-poll.
OH, THOSE REPUBLICANS
In the feedback loop of the perpetual media, a little tune called “Republican Town” is getting plenty of feedback. The ditty showcases “Family Guy” creator Seth McFarlane’s vision of the Republican Party and debuted on Sunday’s episode, sung in part by Rush Limbaugh during his much-ballyhooed guest appearance on the animated Fox series.
Curious about how the Grand Old Party emerges in McFarlane-scope? A sampling of the cheeky big Broadway lyrics in four-four time, which even tuck in a swift bash of conservative actor Jon Voight:
“I dream of Republican town, where men to the right of the aisle don’t back down, where streets are aglow with the smell of apple pies - and babies come out of the womb in coats and ties.”
“Nice place, huh. Rush?” chimes in Brian Griffith, liberal elite dog, baritone - and the voice of Mr. McFarlane.
“It’s paradise, Brian,” Mr. Limbaugh sings back. “Trees grow from Republican sod, and everyone prays to a right-wing God.”