- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 21, 2011

RUBIO GOES REAGAN

Yes, Sen. Marco Rubio still gets billed as a potential vice presidential candidate in 2012, and there are those who pine for him to run for president one day. And while the Florida Republican may not be acting presidential at the moment, he appears to be at least acting vice-presidential. Mr. Rubio journeys to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. on Tuesday, the keynote speaker for the Reagan Forum, a public-affairs event that has in recent months featured Sen. Scott P. Brown of Massachusetts and Steve Forbes, among others.

“His remarks will focus on the role of government in America. This will be the second in a series of three major speeches by Rubio this year,” says spokesman Alex Burgos. “The first was his maiden Senate floor speech in June, and the third will be delivered in the fall and focus on the role of America in the world.”

That’s some serious speechifying. The Reagan Library notes that the Rubio-centric forum, which includes a buffet dinner, is sold out. And for Gipper fans, this just in: the official Ronald Reagan statue at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is due to be installed around Nov. 1, prominently located across from Terminal A.

TEA’S BREWING

The nation is in vacation limbo for the next week; our political leaders have deserted their posts, even as the U.S. economy languishes, the Middle East rattles, a hurricane looms and the citizenry frets. Few of our leaders appear to be on a working vacation.

“While campaigning in Iowa, President Obama said he had a budget plan that he would be offering in September. What is he waiting for? If he has a plan, let’s see it and get working on it,” says Mark Meckler, national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, the largest umbrella group for the grass-roots movement.

“And what about our lawmakers? Most working Americans don’t get a one-month vacation, why should Congress? When our country faces this continued debt crisis and an economy that is failing, why aren’t they working on the problems today?” Mr. Meckler demands.

“This president and this Congress are more concerned about campaigning for re-election in their districts than they are about solving the economic problems this country faces,” says fellow Patriots coordinator Jenny Beth Martin . “May history judge them as harshly as they deserve and may the electorate throw them out for not doing the job they were elected to do.”

THE READING LIST

When Inside the Beltway asked our brilliant readers to recommend some vacation beach reading for President Obama last year, a majority suggested he read the U.S. Constitution. Well, yeah. But the document did not turn up this year at Martha’s Vineyard, apparently.

The five books Mr. Obama does have with him to read at leisure:

“The Bayou Trilogy” (by Daniel Woodrell), “Rodin’s Debutante” (Ward Just), “Cutting for Stone” (Abraham Verghese), “To the End of the Land” (David Grossman) and “The Warmth of Other Suns” (Isabel Wilkerson).

MITT WHO?

Mitt Romney? Who’s Mitt Romney? Among tea partyers, he’s Mr. Three Percent. The presidential hopeful has irked tea partyers, at least according to a new online Republican straw poll from Tea Party Nation, another major national umbrella group for the movement.

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