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Question of the Day
Don’t get poll fatigue just yet: The Republican presidential primary season stretches ahead with eight more primaries until the big finale in Utah on June 26. In the more immediate future, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Wisconsin are next at bat, on Tuesday.
The hopefuls continue their quest in the next 48 hours. Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are in Wisconsin at multiple stops, some with distinct local charm.
Mr. Santorum, for instance, will drop in at Dale’s Lanes for a fish fry and bowling in Weston, along with Loopy’s Grill and Saloon in Chippewa Falls, where the specialties include the half-pound Kaboom Burger topped with roast beef, ham, fried onions, bacon, lettuce, tomato and cheese. And while there has been much noise from the “Why don’t you drop out?” crowd, Mr. Gingrich will attend a Green Bay Brats and Beer rally in Oshkosh, among other things.
Things transform into standard presidential campaign territory Saturday when all three men appear at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s presidential kickoff forum. Organizers expect an audience of about 1,000 grass-roots activists and pastors, plus invited speakers who also include Gov. Scott Walker; Sen. Ron Johnson; Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch; Reps. Paul Ryan, Sean P. Duffy, F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Thomas E. Petri and Reid J. Ribble.
And where’s Rep. Ron Paul? Conferring with strategists and family, perhaps, but definitely still in the race. His most recent event was in Wisconsin on Thursday; his next event will be a fundraising luncheon in San Francisco next Thursday.
Earth Hour: Oh, it does sound so noble, a veritable Al Gore-ian delight. Landmarks around the world — from the Eiffel Tower to the Empire State Building — go dark for an hour on Saturday night as a symbolic gesture against global climate change, with citizenry in 135 countries expected to join in. Organized by the World Wildlife Fund five years ago, the temporary blackout is billed as the “world’s largest environmental event in history,” though organizers suggest participants record plenty of videos and Tweet them right away — not necessarily an energy-saving activity.
Meanwhile, the Competitive Enterprise Institute says it has an unapologetic countermeasure, also a noble gesture. Keep the lights on Saturday night — all in the name of the Human Achievement Hour, meant to celebrate individual freedom and appreciation of the innovations folks have used to improve their lives throughout history. So there.
“Gather with friends in the warmth of a heated home, watch television, take a hot shower, drink a beer, call a loved one on the phone, listen to music,” the group says. It will stage its own in-house party, to be live-streamed online at 8:30 p.m., complete with an online chat: “Tell us how you are celebrating human achievement in your neighborhood,” the group says. Find it all here: www.cei.org/hah.
A ‘NAM MOMENT
“We reaffirm one of our most fundamental obligations: to show all who have worn the uniform of the United States the respect and dignity they deserve, and to honor their sacrifice by serving them as well as they served us. Half a century after those helicopters swept off the ground and into the annals of history, we pay tribute to the fallen, the missing, the wounded, the millions who served, and the millions more who awaited their return. Our nation stands stronger for their service, and on Vietnam Veterans Day, we honor their proud legacy with our deepest gratitude.”
— From President Obama’s official proclamation Thursday recognizing Vietnam Veterans Day.
“The general has dedicated himself so many times he must feel like the cornerstone of a public building.”
— Adlai Stevenson on Dwight Eisenhower, 1952.
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