MOTTO TO BE RECKONED WITH
“Faith in America’s Future.”
So reads the official theme for the 2013 presidential inaugural ceremonies, a phrase chosen to commemorate the United States’ “perseverance and unity,” organizers say, and to mark the 150th anniversary of the 19-foot bronze statue of Freedom, placed atop the U.S. Capitol dome in 1863. See much about the approaching events here: www.inaugural.senate.gov.
The first ever “Ultraviolet Holiday Gift Guide for Nonsexist Holiday Shopping” is available, meant “to combat the deluge of pink, sparkly, princess-themed gift options for girls,” say Nita Chaudhary and Shaunna Thomas, co-founders of Ultraviolet, a progressive feminist group that already has led assorted public campaigns against Fox News, CNN analyst Erick Erickson and talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh.
But back to the guide. There are just 20 gifts on the list for girls in several age groups, including the under-4s, where the suggestions include wooden building blocks, a Fisher-Price unisex doctor’s kit and a “Girls Are Not Chicks” coloring book, which features “girls riding tractors, boys asking for dolls, with captions such as ‘Sometimes the princess is saved by the girl next door.’”
Ms. Chaudhary, incidentally, most recently was the national campaign and organizing director at MoveOn.org Political Action; Ms. Thomas was a project director with the Progressive Change Campaign.
THE EARLIEST SENTIMENTS
“Yes, it’s early. Too early. But even as of this much-too-early date, the Democrats have one clear favorite when they were asked in the latest Economist/YouGov Poll who they think should be their party’s nominee for president in 2016 — and that person is Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton,” says a new Economist/YouGov poll that reveals that 53 percent of Democrats are fans of Mrs. Clinton’s.
She’s repeatedly denied she’d make a White House run, but her appeal lingers nonetheless. Another 22 percent of Democrats are not sure whom they’d like to see, though 15 percent cited Vice President Joseph R. Biden, who would be nearing 74 if he were to make a run in the 2016 election.
“The picture is far different on the GOP side. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio gets more votes than any of the other named contenders, but just 21 percent of Republicans choose him. 14 percent favor this year’s vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan. But many Republicans aren’t sure about whom to support: ‘not sure’ runs better than Rubio with them,” the poll says.
Indeed, a third couldn’t think of any candidate to be the Republican standard-bearer, though New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Condoleezza Rice were each cited by 8 percent of the respondents.
POLL DU JOUR
• 47 percent of U.S. voters think the Democratic Party is “too liberal.”
• 86 percent of Republicans, 72 percent of conservatives, 13 percent of Democrats and 13 percent of liberals agree.