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Inside the Beltway: Presto! It’s instant change Obama
“There’ll be someone to see that we share, and make sure that we always play fair; that we want to behave from the cradle to grave — I can’t wait for ObamaDayCare.”
A must see for everyone obsessed with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie? Among the heavy election coverage on all the cable news networks Tuesday comes this from CNN: “The Lead” anchor Jake Tapper travels to the Garden State to spend the entire day with Mr. Christie — on the campaign trail, at the polling places and at the big election night party. Of note: Mr. Tapper will actually broadcast his daily program from Christie headquarters at 4 p.m. ET.
CHANGE A LA GINGRICH
Newt Gingrich’s 27th book has an epic title: “Breakout: Pioneers of the Future, Prison Guards of the Past, and the Epic Battle That Will Decide America’s Fate.” No wonder the title is so long. He has been mulling over the idea since 1981, Mr. Gingrich revealed during a conference call Monday with The Washington Times and other news organizations. And the idea? Entrepreneurs, scientists and academes are the “pioneers” while lobbyists, politicians and “Hillary Clinton” are the prison guards, the former House speaker explained.
Is he running for office or hoping to garner a Cabinet appointment maybe? Perhaps. Mr. Gingrich is still a man of much energy, with viable institutional knowledge. This book is meant to “shake up and shrink Washington,” he said, faulting those who stay passive on the sidelines. And about that clash. He anticipates that when “drastic new ideas are proposed in the GOP, half the battle is within the party.”
Change is due, Mr. Gingrich counseled. But wait. Didn’t brisk “change” as a strategy backfire on the Obama administration and create some bad press for the tea party? Yes, but the author intends to handle change with care, providing his alternative ideas in a way that proves irresistible.
“These are key ideas necessary for America to break out of gridlock and become the most productive nation on the planet,” he advised.
MEDIA FUMBLE ON THE REDSKINS
“Despite the media’s best efforts”, there were no protests over the Redskins team name at the game on Sunday, observes Mediaite columnist Joe Concha. All that politically correct posturing among journalists has not derailed a certain reality, he says.
“If the Redskins name was so offensive, so deplorable, those who buy the tickets, the merchandise, the hot dogs and the beer would make their voices heard. They would vote to change the name with their wallets by no longer supporting the team,” Mr. Concha says.
He cites NBC analyst Bob Costas, Sports Illustrated correspondent Peter King, ESPN’s Bill Simmons and USA Today’s Christine Brennan, noting that they fancied their protests over the Redskins name “would result in a PR nightmare” for team owner Dan Snyder.
“They dreamed the protests would grow bigger, louder, to the point where the team owner would have no other choice but to bow to the PC-gods. And when it was over, people would shake their hands for taking such a brave stand on such an important topic,” Mr. Concha continues.
“Except apathy won the day. Most Native Americans — in poll after poll — say they have bigger things to worry about. Many even see the name as a positive thing, as a source of pride,” the columnist says, adding, “Remember, it isn’t just about just being a journalist in 2013, it’s about advocating a cause, about taking a stand, making a difference, and of course, making yourself the story.”
POLL DU JOUR
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