- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 19, 2011

SOMEBODY HAD TO ASK

What really happened to Osama bin Laden? A new Fox News poll of 910 registered voters revealS that 3 percent say bin Laden was “greeted by 72 virgins in heaven” upon his death. One percent of tea party supporters, 2 percent of Republicans, 3 percent of Democrats, 2 percent of conservatives, 3 percent of liberals and 5 percent of moderates agree with that notion.

But wait: 80 of voters say the terrorist leader “met a negative end.” That opinion was shared by 85 percent of tea party supporters, 89 percent of Republicans, 77 percent of Democrats, 86 percent of conservatives, 79 percent of liberals and 67 percent of moderates. Just so you know.

CITIZEN CAIN

Republicans will discover whether Herman Cain plans to run for president at high noon Saturday. The former talk-radio host and businessman will reveal his decision in big style with his announcement at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.

“My business background and my problem-solving ability is what’s going to attract a lot of people,” says Mr. Cain, who has spent the past week in Iowa. “I am very proud that I have never held public office, because most of the people in Washington, D.C., have held public office. How’s that working out for us? It’s not. We have a mess on our hands.”

ABOUT THAT RAPTURE

“Will the world end on May 21st? No. It will not. In fact, I stake my personal reputation on it,” says Arizona psychic Blair Robertson, who has shared a few predictions about world events with Inside the Beltway in the past. “I predict that soon Harold Camping, the man who originated this idea, will experience his own ‘end of days’ very suddenly, leaving behind many angry believers.”

CHENEY TOWN

Dick Cheney’s 544-page memoir “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir” already is ranked No. 2 on Amazon’s list of political books, seventh among memoirs and 39th overall. Of significance: The former vice president’s candid look at his four-decade career won’t be on book shelves until Aug. 30.

ENEMY PRESS

The Boston Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Orlando Sentinel are now on the White House enemy press list, says talk-radio host and occasional Herald contributor Michael Graham, who contends that news organizations are chastised - reporters banned, credibility questioned - when their coverage of President Obama is less than sterling.

They’re not the first or last “to feel the wrath of ‘President Richard Milhaus Obama,’ ” says Mr. Graham, who also questions the president’s idea that businesses should disclose their political donations if they want a government contract.

“If President George W. Bush had demanded political records before handing out contracts, liberals would have marched in the streets. If a single major-paper reporter had been booted from a Bush event over editorial policy, journalists would have organized a hunger strike,” Mr. Graham declares. “But Obama does all this and more, and liberals are silent. Why? Because Barack Obama is the Nixon the Left always wanted.”

WHY YOU’RE TIRED

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