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Inside the Beltway: Ladies Day
A big cultural moment follows the encounter between Ann Romney, mother of five, grandmother of 16, and Hilary Rosen, a Democratic strategist who did not equate Mrs. Romney's traditional domestic duties with real work, or economic expertise. Media hysteria ensued within minutes of the ladies' exchange via Twitter, leaving pundits to either sort out the tangle, or add to it. At this juncture, Mrs. Romney is back to campaigning with her husband, Mitt, Ms. Rosen has apologized and is back to, uh, strategizing. Meanwhile, meaning lingers.
"The unified, quick response to Hilary Rosen's insulting comments about stay-at-home moms should make us all more confident that Republicans are going to win big in November," observes Christine O'Donnell, a former U.S. Senate candidate who recently resurrected her political action committee.
"As women like Rosen — and many in the Democratic Party — understand it, the 'misguided' choices of women like Ann Romney are the greatest threat to feminism today," says Independent Women's Forum Executive Director Sabrina Schaeffer.
"Perhaps Democrats need to be reminded that feminism is about establishing equality under the law. Now that we have that, they're going to have to accept the fact that all women don't want the same thing," she adds.
The Republican National Committee has already put in weeks of combat duty over the "Republican war on women," as fashioned by Democrats. But the committee is nimble, indeed, and the recent partisan attacks on Mrs. Romney proved inspirational: Now available for $15, the spiffy "Moms Do Work/Vote GOP" travel mug. Visit www.gop.com for more information.
CAN'T MAKE MISSOURI?
The National Rifle Association's annual convention in St. Louis is already under way with a cast of thousands — 70,000 in attendance, in fact. The behemoth event is billed as the "Celebration of American Values" and is considered a major campaign stop for Republican hopefuls Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.
Yes, C-SPAN will be there to cover their big speeches Friday, and many more. Also on the dais: Republican Sens. Roy Blunt and Chuck Grassley, Reps. Eric Cantor and Darrell E. Issa, Govs. Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal and Rick Perry; consult www.c-span.org for more information.
The NRA (www.nra.org) also has much to offer, with live online coverage of multiple events and video footage of past meetings. There's also a free phone app that tracks some 500 exhibitors and countless seminars and workshops, including one titled "the Year of the Great White Buffalo," delivered by Ted Nugent.
"Lord help me to be the person my dog thinks I am."
— Bumper sticker spotted near Camden, N.J.
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney may be the "inevitable" candidate, but at this juncture, his remaining rivals still campaign with much vigor and noise. Mr. Romney and Newt Gingrich star at the NRA convention Friday, with their wives to keynote a special ladies' luncheon. Mr. Gingrich is then off to North Carolina to campaign, including an appearance at a tea party rally in Greensboro, complete with free pizza and "patriotic face painting," organizers say.
Rep. Ron Paul has no weekend events scheduled.
Meanwhile, Libertarian hopeful Gary Johnson and independent Buddy Roemer are still charging down the trail. In the next 48 hours, Mr. Johnson will be in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Massachusetts, capping off his tour with an appearance at a Boston "tax day rally" Sunday. Mr. Roemer is even more far-flung. He'll attend a Boston Red Sox game in Beantown on Friday then race down to the nation's capital for an Occupy DC conference. The candidate then heads to California for a two-day tour of college campuses.
Though he won't take any campaign donations larger than $100, the aforementioned Buddy Roemer keeps on keeping on, and he's happy to get support from many sectors. He's a candidate for "Americans Elect," a nonprofit group devoted to moving the presidential nomination process online. The group has already drafted 52 possible candidates including New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Mr. Roemer has also reached out to the Reform Party, and now the Modern Whig Party, which will stage its own national convention in August.
"It's not about party label with Gov. Roemer, it's about the best government for all America. For the best government possible for America debate, reason, and collaboration must be at the forefront; and this is something that Gov. Roemer and the Whigs both have been working for quite a while," observes national Whig Chairman Andrew Evans.
POLL DU JOUR
• 73 percent of Americans are familiar with the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.
• 52 percent overall say shooter George Zimmerman should be tried for the killing; 34 percent of Republicans, 67 percent of Democrats, 44 percent of whites and 87 percent of blacks agree.
• 46 percent say Trayvon was an "innocent who was unjustly killed"; 27 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of Democrats, 35 percent of whites and 91 percent of blacks agree.
• 46 percent overall say Mr. Zimmerman has "a right to defend himself"; 60 percent of Republicans, 35 percent of Democrats, 47 percent of whites and 34 percent of blacks agree.
• 22 percent say media coverage "has been clear and unbiased"; 14 percent of Republicans, 29 percent of Democrats, 14 percent of whites and 42 percent of blacks agree.
Source: A Reuters/Ipsos poll of 1,922 U.S. adults; the sample included 650 Republicans, 752 Democrats, 520 independents, 1,289 whites, 219 blacks and 267 Hispanics.
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