- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 10, 2013

“Issues like immigration, climate change, and gun violence will be debated over these next four years, and President Obama is ready to take them on — but he needs us by his side. Our goal is to help him get things done, but also to help change how things get done in Washington in the first place. Over inauguration weekend, you’ll have a chance to participate in a discussion about how we’ll work together to support our president and address the issues we all care about. Some volunteers and staff will be gathering in Washington, D.C., and will be joined online by thousands more supporters nationwide for the Obama Campaign Legacy Conference, where we’ll firm up the structure and leadership of the new organization.” And so says an earnest new voter message from Obama for America campaign manager Jim Messina. Translation: CNN reports that President Obama’s existing campaign will be “reconfigured” into a super PAC to bolster White House policy goals, staffed by Mr. Messina, and campaign insiders Stephanie Cutter and Jennifer O’Malley Dillon.

Bumper patrol

“Jan. 21, 2013: Please wake me when it’s over. Well, maybe not. Let me sleep in.”

(Homemade bumper sticker spotted 10 blocks from the White House).

Gore richer than Romney

Al Gore has a new kind of green in his life. Yes, he unceremoniously sold his cable network Current TV to the Arabic language channel Al Jazeera for $500 million, and strolled away with a reported $100 million — a tidy sum for a man who had less that $2 million in assets when he ran for president more than a dozen years ago, says Forbes magazine.

“Taking into account taxes to be paid on the deal, possible earlier debt and the fact that Gore’s representatives declined to comment, Forbes conservatively estimates the former vice president’s net worth to be at least $300 million, making him wealthier than unsuccessful Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney,” says Ryan Mac, a Forbes analyst who adds that the Romney net worth is estimated to be around $230 million.

Meanwhile, Mr. Gore — the world’s most famous climate-warming alarmist — remains a board member of Apple Inc., a senior adviser on “green issues” for Google Inc. and chairman of Generation Investment Management, a firm dedicated to an “investment philosophy that integrates sustainability research with rigorous fundamental equity analysis,” according to its mission statement.

“Current TV wasn’t completely a scam. It was just a boring television network that hardly anybody wanted to watch. Nevertheless, when Gore and his partners sold it to Al Jazeera they were selling the network and its U.S. bandwidth to a company owned by the state of Qatar, a country that derives 50 percent of its income from the one thing Al Gore supposedly most reviles — fossil fuel,” points out Roger L. Simon, founder of Pajamas Media.

“Al Jazeera, especially in its Arabic broadcasts, excuses al Qaeda and consistently supports Sharia law and its consequent extreme misogyny and homophobia. And, of course, opposes the separation of church and state. How very ‘progressive’,” Mr. Simons observes. “If, in the words of La Rochefoucauld, ‘hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue,’ then Gore is one of the greatest ‘homageurs’ or all time.”

In lieu of Lew

The chorus of those opposed to the appointment of Jack Lew, former director of the Office of Management and Budget, as Treasury secretary is noisy. They don’t like his loopy signature. He’s a big tax guy. He’s a lightweight. Then comes this from CNBC anchor Lawrence Kudlow.

“He has no financial experience. He has no international experience. He has no currency experience. He ripped off Citibank for a couple of million dollars. He was there for one year. I mean, there’s about a million people — give me a phone book, and I’ll find somebody more qualified for Treasury secretary than former OMB director Jack Lew,” Mr. Kudlow told radio host Laura Ingraham.

“It is completely irresponsible,” he declared.

Republican hybrid

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