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Inside the Beltway
Question of the Day
A certain billionaire is getting ambitious support in the heartland from a rockabilly hero, far from the glittering avenues of Manhattan. And for once, Donald Trump is not orchestrating it all. Indeed, the real estate mogul is busy preening his presidential plumage for a White House run; in the next 10 days, he’ll journey twice to New Hampshire to meet with business leaders and political strategists in the Granite State. “Should Trump Run,” a vigorous public outreach chaired by his close adviser Michael Cohen, continues to push the Trump brand in myriad ways.
Then there are his grassroots devotees. Trump fans exist in flyover country, on the far coasts, in the hamlets - out there on their own, and unofficial. But they’re organized, relentless and tapping into some vintage talent.
Nick McLaughlin, chairman of the Missouri-based Draft Trump 2012 has announced that country western singer and “rockabilly legend” Jerry Naylor has signed on to serve as Oregon state co-coordinator for the effort. The performer - who took Buddy Holly’s place in “The Crickets” after the legendary singer died in a 1959 plane crash - later campaigned for Ronald Reagan in 1976 and 1980. As president, Reagan later appointed Mr. Naylor to twin terms as a federal commissioner of the National Commission for Employment Policy.
And just in time for the first official GOP presidential debate on May 5 in South Carolina, Mr. McLaughlin also says that Libertarian attorney Scott Royce, a former political director for Jack Kemp’s 1988 presidential run, will coordinate the South Carolina effort to draft Mr. Trump.
“He is one of us. He is not a career politician, thus will not be paralyzed by the influence of special interests when resolving the big issues that challenge the country at present,” Mr. Royce says.
TRUMP’S LIBERAL REPUBLICANS
Moderate and liberal-leaning Republicans, meanwhile, love Donald Trump more than conservative Republicans. So says a new Gallup poll revealing that 21 percent of the GOP mods/libs prefer Mr. Trump over the entire listed field of 13 potential presidential contenders. It is the highest favorability number in the entire survey and suggests considerable voter enthusiasm; Mitt Romney grabbed 14 percent of this crowd and Mike Huckabee 13 percent. But wait. Mr. Huckabee triumphed with conservatives, winning 18 percent compared to 13 percent each for Mssrs. Romney and Trump.
HOCUS POTUS Lies and Obfuscation! (Bumper sticker - handmade - spotted in Washington, on Easter Sunday.)
Behold Andrew Breitbart: Lights, action, f-bombs. A recent event dedicated to Breitbart beholding was wall-to-wall with eager young journalists, dour press veterans, bloggers, operatives, hangers-on, publicity wranglers and svelte women, particularly America Morning News radio host and friend-of-Beltway Amy Holmes, and pollster Kellyanne Conway. Big Hollywood.com founder Mr. Breitbart had come to the nation’s capital to release his new book, and to loom over the buzzing, fidgeting crowd with a certain commanding majesty, buoyant with showbiz and tossing a few f-bombs, but tempered by the fact that the author was shod in old sneakers.
Wherever he goes these days, Mr. Breitbart intends to hammer home the idea that citizen journalism, street smarts, inner mettle and political conviction will better the planet, and possibly unseat the elitist mainstream media in the process. His book is called, after all, “Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World.”
But Inside the Beltway had to know: How do the rest of us “save the world.” The question was posed to Mr. Breitbart in a private moment as the young and restless twiddled with their smartphones, eyed one another and wallowed in the free drinks and eats supplied by the Daily Caller and Americans for Tax Reform, the organizational hosts of the event.
“I want to think about this,” Mr. Breitbart replied, and he paused for a moment, as the press of autograph hounds began to grow around him, his book in their grip.
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