Inside the Beltway: Don’t worry, be happy, Republicans

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ANOTHER PALIN ERA BEGINS

This is the time of “red, wild and blue America” says the Sportsman Channel, which will showcase new host Sarah Palin before the Hollywood press on Friday. The former presidential hopeful will host a power breakfast at the 2014 Television Critics Association in Pasadena, Calif., to talk up “Amazing America,” an original lifestyle series which debuts in April. “Grizzlies are unpredictable,” the network advises, “and we’ve go the mother of them all.”

Producers intend to demonstrate “where the American spirit and the great outdoors are celebrated in equal measure,” the channel notes, providing a complement to other programming that includes “Meat Eater,” “Addictive Fishing” and “Dog Soldier TV.”

PALIN ERA, PART 2

“I’m not a defender of everything she says. I don’t hear everything she says. But I know she represents a certain group of people who rose up against their own party, which you rarely see. I probably hired her back, if you really want to get to the bottom of it, to give her a chance to say her piece and piss off the people that wanted her dead,” FOX News CEO Roger Ailes told the Hollywood Reporter, regarding Mrs. Palin’s continued presence on his network.

“Hmmm. Funny. I accepted for the same reason,” she countered on her Facebook page in response.

MCCAUL HAS A WARNING

There’s some fretting, and talk of a “false narrative,” meanwhile. The House Homeland Security Committee has garnered the likes of former lawmakers Joe Lieberman and Jane Harman plus retired U.S. Army Gen. Jack Keane for a hearing next week about the spread of al Qaeda, the worrisome expansion of Islamist extremism and the diversification of terrorist groups abroad.

President Obama’s narrative fails to reflect the reality that al Qaeda is not on the run, but is in fact growing in strength at an alarming rate across the Middle East and Northern Africa,” says Rep. Michael McCaul, Texas Republican and committee chairman, who cites renewed fighting in Iraq and civil unrest in Syria in particular.

“We must take an honest look at the danger to the homeland from the spread of extremism. Continuing to downplay the terrorist threat endangers our ability to defeat it, and this hearing will examine the consequences of the administration’s counterterrorism rhetoric,” Mr. McCaul adds.

POLL DU JOUR

46 percent of Americans would not re-elect the current member of Congress in their district if the election were today; 45 percent of Republicans, 37 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of independents agree.

49 percent of conservatives, 40 percent of liberals and 49 percent of moderates also agree.

30 percent of Americans overall are not sure yet if they would re-elect their local member of Congress; 27 percent of Republicans, 33 percent of Democrats and 22 percent of independents agree.

27 percent of conservatives, 31 percent of liberals and 20 percent of moderates also agree.

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