- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 17, 2014

The effort to purge the word “Easter” from public egg hunts continues. But wait. Politicians may get banned from the springtime doings as well. Take the traditional Easter parade, for example, long a bastion of women in swell hats and men in their Sunday best. In Canada, it’s complicated. A local neighborhood in Toronto has declared its annual parade to be a “political-free zone” that only caters to local families, not agendas. Politicians have been forbidden by organizers from strolling in the parade and peddling their policy wares.

Which could prove an inconvenience for oft-exuberant Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, the proud possessor of 10,000 chocolate Easter eggs which he acquired to hand out during the aforementioned parade. It is no longer part of the script. Mr. Ford, who doled out sweets in the parades of yore, demonstrated his dismay by wheeling out a pallet of the rejected eggs to show reporters.

“What can you do?” he sighed. “If they don’t want us there, they don’t want us there.”

Ordinary citizens are striking back elsewhere as well. After a controversial political booth caused a hubbub at a local autumn festival in southwestern Pennsylvania, disgusted local officials declared that future community events would be politics-free. That includes the upcoming Easter egg hunt in the wee township of Cecil.

Revelers will be prohibited from wearing political attire or distributing political materials, this according to a motion approved 3-2 by the town’s board of supervisors, including Chairman Andy Schrader. He vows to keep township functions “family-friendly and enjoyable, without exposing the public to political rhetoric.”

OBAMACARE TAINTS THE MIDTERMS

It is the stuff of Republican dreams. Poll numbers consistently have revealed that a majority of Americans are not keen on Obamacare. Now the numbers reveal something else.

“Obamacare hate threatens Democrats in midterms,” says pollster John Zogby.

President Obama got some chilling news from a recent USA Today/Pew poll. Americans who oppose his health care law say they are significantly more likely to vote in November than those who support it. Democrats can lose the Senate if those numbers hold,” he observes.

“On the other hand, the poll’s sample included 42 percent self-identified Republicans and 39 percent self-identified Democrats. This pollster knows that party identification changes over time, but not like an earthquake on the San Andreas Fault,” Mr. Zogby continues. “Nonetheless, Democrats are going to need those new health care beneficiaries to come out in droves to vote, and it looks like it could take some convincing.”

‘GRAB A BITE WITH KARL’

Club sandwiches? Fancy little steaks and a Caesar salad? “Grab a Bite with Karl Rove,” proclaims the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which is offering the master strategist as a luncheon companion in the near future. Mr. Rove, apparently, still has a certain cachet.

“You’ve seen him on Fox News or read his seasoned opinions in The Wall Street Journal. He’s one of the most prominent GOP strategists and a powerful voice for conservatives across the country,” the organization says in their pitch. “As the GOP gears up for the 2014 midterms, we’re elated to offer the opportunity to sit down for lunch with the ‘architect’ of George W. Bush’s victorious 2000 and 2004 campaigns, renowned for their advanced design and clever strategy.”

The lunch location is unnamed, though it will be in the nation’s capital. The raffle, which does not require a campaign donation, includes airfare and a night’s hotel stay in Washington. The contest closes on May 16.

WALKER ON THE RUN

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