- The Washington Times - Monday, August 29, 2011

DeMINT ON PATROL

It could be a smart backlash against shrill candidate debates. An upcoming presidential campaign encounter takes the high road, offering five White House hopefuls the chance to stand on a stage alone and answer direct policy questions from (drum roll please) Republicans Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Rep. Steve King of Iowa and Robert George, professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University and founder of the American Principles Project, which organized this nondebate.

In six days, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich gather for the “Palmetto Freedom Forum” in Columbia, S.C.

“This event will allow us to engage candidates in a fair and meaningful way instead of forcing sound-bite answers to complex issues,” Mr. DeMint says.


“To drill down beyond the stump speeches is vital in the nomination process,” agrees Mr. King.

TO THE LETTER

“Since themerits of the Law Review’s selection policy has been the subject of commentary for the last three issues, I’d like to take the time to clarify exactly how our selection process works.”

Harvard Law Review president Barack Obama, writing a public response to criticisms of the publication’s affirmative action policy, on Nov. 16, 1990.

“If Obama were as smart as a fifth-grader, he would know, of course, that [it should be] ‘merits … have.’ Were there such a thing as a literary Darwin Award, Obama could have won it on this one sentence alone,” observes American Thinker contributor Jack Cashill, who parsed the entire letter and uncovered the grammatical high jinks.

Mr. Cashill, author of the recently published book “Deconstructing Obama,” also believes the letter confirms the president’s “inability to write,” adding, “Although the letter is fewer than a thousand words long, Obama repeats the subject-predicate error at least two more times.”

PERRY/BACHMANN 2012

A Republican dream team? At the moment, that would be the aforementioned Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann, at least according to the 75,000 people who’ve chosen their ideal GOP pairing for the White House through a “trending online poll” at www.2012dreamticket.com.

The site offers 30 candidates to chose from — including those who insist they’re not running (Jeb Bush, Rep. Paul Ryan, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie) and those who like to tantalize the public (Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani) and interesting possibilities (John Bolton, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky). The minimal electoral process boils down to this: “click and drag” candidate photos.

XXX MARKS THE SPOT

“Lucille Ball is protected. Desi Arnaz is not. Cher is safe, but not Sonny. President Obama and family are shielded, as are the Clintons: Bill, Chelsea and both Hillary and Hillary Rodham. But there’s nothing for Nancy Reagan or Rosalynn Carter,” says Washington Times national reporter Cheryl Wetzstein, who writes of the ICM Registry on the front page of Tuesday’s paper.

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