- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 28, 2013

“Republicans are much less likely to say the United Nations is doing a good job, and to believe the U.N. has a necessary role in the world, than are Democrats,” points out a Gallup poll. While 8 of 10 Democrats say the U.N. still “plays a role in the world,” only 46 percent of Republicans agreed. Less than half of the Democrats — 48 percent — said that the U.N. was “doing a good job.” A mere 18 percent of the Republicans agreed with that.

“The United Nations has a role as a galvanizing force for nations in confronting global challenges such as peacekeeping operations, climate change, or setting international frameworks. However, the fact that it can act only by forging consensus among sovereign nations means it can be slow to respond and that lines of accountability for actions it takes can be unclear,” Gallup helpfully explains.

MITT MOMENT

“I have to admit, being able to go back to our own life and going to the grocery store and shopping on my own is kind of nice to be by myself without a bunch of people hanging around with me. I like the life of being an American citizen. It’s good to live a normal life again.”

So said Mitt Romney to radio host Dennis Miller in a rare but recent interview.

“I’m very concerned about the country. I have to be honest, Dennis. I wouldn’t have gotten into this if I thought things were going swimmingly. That’s the frustration with losing — which is, I don’t have the influence.”

But he did once. Or he anticipated having the influence, anyway.

Had he won the White House, here is what Mr. Romney intended to do: “Smaller, simpler, smarter. Believe in America,” was the official motto emblazoned upon “Office of the President-Elect,” a website that was never officially launched by his campaign, but remained publicly visible for a time until Nov. 6.

CUDDLING UP TO BLOOMBERG

How much do the news media love New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg? Ah, let us count the ways.

“From his soda ban, to his global warming views, to his opinions on gay marriage, journalists and pundits have repeatedly given him a platform to promote whatever he wants, and praised him repeatedly,” observes Liz Thatcher, an analyst with the Media Research Center’s Business and Media Institute.

She’s done the math. ABC, CBS and NBC, in particular, cannot get enough.From Jan. 1 to March 22 this year, Mr. Bloomberg was mentioned or interviewed on the three networks’ morning and evening news programs 43 times; starstruck correspondents promoted his policies and gave the public an “annoying play-by-play of every silly new initiative Bloomberg was pursuing,” Ms. Thatcher says.

And about that gun laws reform issue. She cites a CBS interview that cleverly enabled Mr. Bloomberg to call the National Rifle Association “stupid” and portray gun owners as a “radical minority of the country.”

A CNN interview, meanwhile, featured a single guest to talk about gun law reform, and that was “anti-gun advocate Bloomberg.” The entire interview consisted of softball questions such as “are you happy” about the president’s push for gun control and “what do you think of the NRA?”

The organization in question is not too worried.

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