- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Not many headlines, it seems, are inspired by the Creator these days: Just 19 percent of Americans say reporters and the news media are “friendly” toward religion. Naturally, there’s partisan interpretation: 11 percent of Republicans and 24 percent of Democrats agree that the press is a faith-friendly bunch, according to a new survey from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

Another 35 percent of Americans overall also say the press is downright “unfriendly” to faith. The majority of GOPers - 56 percent - agree, compared to 22 percent of Democrats. Thirty-eight percent overall say the press is neutral to religion; 29 percent of Republicans and 47 percent of Democrats agree. Meanwhile, the Republican Party bests Democrats and the Obama administration as being most at home with religion. See more numbers in today’s Poll du Jour at column’s end.

BUDDY AND BUDDIES

Buddy Roemer, the independent presidential hopeful who will take donations only in $100 increments, arrives in the nation’s capital Thursday to talk corruption and campaign finance reform with onetime lobbyist Jack Abramoff and former Federal Election Commission Chairman Trevor Potter. Mr. Roemer’s motto, incidentally, is “Pick a president, not a party.”


The trio meet for a public “empire salon” under the auspices of the Committee for the Republic, which notes, “In the world of political influence peddling, the money trail always leads back to the lobbying community. Lobbyists dispense political contributions like Halloween candy - only for them, every day is Halloween.”

The conversation should appeal to Mr. Roemer.

“If Mitt Romney’s campaign is an Etch-A-Sketch, then the GOP primary is a game of Twister,” says Mr. Roemer, referencing a cheeky comment from Romney aide Eric Fehrnstrom, who compared his boss’s campaign to the vintage toy, telling CNN, “You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.”

THE REPUBLICAN PURSE

That purse is getting fatter. And smarter, too.

“The Republican National Committee raised an impressive $11.3 million in February. Our cash on hand now totals $26.7 million, empowering us to keep taking the fight directly and aggressively to Barack Obama,” says Chairman Reince Priebus, who notes that 97 percent of the donors are of the grass-roots variety, giving less than $200, though generous “major investors” have forked over $5.8 million this year.

“We remain committed to effective financial stewardship,” the frugal-minded Mr. Priebus adds, noting that the money will help “undo the damage of Obamanomics and Obamacare and put America on the path to opportunity and prosperity.”

HISTORIC MUDSLINGING

“After eight years as president, I have only two regrets: that I have not shot Henry Clay or hanged John C. Calhoun.”

(Andrew Jackson on two rivals, 1837).

IT’S A GAS

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