- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 24, 2011


“Operation Pantsuit.”

(Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s increasing presence on the global stage, her irritation with President Obama and her possible future bid for the White House. Now in use in the blogosphere.)


Almost 100 “individuals” have filed a “Statement of Candidacy” with the Federal Election Commission as 2012 presidential hopefuls. Yes, Timothy Pawlenty and Charles E. “Buddy” Roehmer III are on the 96-person list, but then so is President Emperor Caesar, President Warren Roderick Ashe, Rutherford B. Hayes and George Washington Williams. All filled out the eight-question “FEC Form 2” and wrote “president” in the box that says “office sought.”

Inside the Beltway will update readers as the list grows. It’s inevitable. The federal agency typically receives 200 to 300 applications in a presidential election year. But there’s a catch.

“An individual becomes a candidate for federal office when the individual has received contributions aggregating in excess of $5,000 or made expenditures aggregating in excess of $5,000,” the agency advises.


Al Gore is coming back to the nation’s capital. Soon. Mr. Gore will deliver the keynote address at “Power Shift 2011,” a three-day event that is the equivalent of Woodstock for the young, restless and eco-centric. The mid-April conference, which includes “nonviolent direct action training” and “leaders from across the progressive movement” is large enough for the Washington Convention Center.

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson and former White House environmental “czar” Van Jones are among green-minded luminaries who also will appear.


The roster grows. Ed Harris has been cast to play Sen. John McCain in “Game Change,” the Hollywood version of the Arizona Republican’s 2008 run for president. Julianne Moore has signed to play Sarah Palin; the role of President Obama has yet to be cast. Some observers remain unimpressed.

“Liberal writers writing liberal movies for liberal actors directed by liberal directors for liberal audiences. And no one will watch them,” notes one contributor to a discussion of the film at Lucianne.com.


Republicans are more prepared for the unthinkable than Democrats. Really. A CBS News poll finds that 34 percent of the Grand Old Party say they’re prepared for a natural disaster, compared to 25 percent of Democrats. Six-out-of-10 Republicans have stocked up on food and water; 43 percent of the Dems have done the same. Eleven percent of Republicans have a generator compared to 2 percent of Democrats. President Obama’s party appears ready to exit, though: 18 percent have an “evacuation plan,” compared to 5 percent of the GOP.

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