“Back in January, it took those same network shows just four and a half days to churn that much coverage for Chris Christie’s Bridgegate,” he says.
“Members of the United States military dying due to lack of adequate medical care is an outrage and should have received more coverage than the details of an intentionally-created traffic jam. Both are scandals that should be covered. But one involves the Democratic president of the United States and the other involves a potential 2016 Republican candidate,” Mr. Whitlock concludes.
ABORTION: EVOLVING NUMBERS
A noteworthy update regarding national attitudes on abortion. In 1996, 56 percent of Americans reported they were “pro-choice” and 33 percent were “pro-life,” says a new Gallup report. The numbers are now 47 percent pro-choice and 46 percent pro-life. And the current partisan breakdown: 27 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of Democrats are pro-choice; 69 percent of Republicans and 28 percent of Democrats are pro-life.
A MCCAIN RECALLS A PALIN
“As you look back, did your father make a mistake on Sarah Palin?” Larry King asked Meghan McCain on Thursday night on “Politicking,” the veteran broadcaster’s interview show that airs on OraTV and RT America.
“No, I don’t believe so. I think my father could have had Jesus Christ as his running mate and it wouldn’t have mattered I wish the media had been easier on her during that time, or at least more understanding,” replied the daughter of Sen. John McCain, recalling his 2008 White House bid.
THE ‘YOUNG GUNS’ TAKE AIM
Four years ago, a trio of Republican congressmen — Reps. Eric Cantor of Virginia, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Kevin McCarthy of California — penned a book called “Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders,” meant to remind addled Republicans that, yes, there were new ideas afoot on the political landscape.
“Young Guns” has since become a demographic of sorts. Witness the YG Network, a policy-minded nonprofit that joined forces this week with the American Enterprise Institute and four lawmakers to parse out “practical, conservative domestic reform solutions.” The aforementioned Mr. Cantor, plus Sens. Mike Lee of Utah, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Tim Scott of South Carolina, manned the discussion panels.
Out of it comes “Room to Grow: Conservative Reforms for a Limited Government and a Thriving Middle Class,” a 120-page e-book full of thoughtful essays. Download the book for free at YGnetwork.org
WEEKEND REAL ESTATE
For sale: The Robbins-Anderson Saltwater Farm, built in 1795 near South Thomaston, Maine. Five bedrooms, one bath, 3,478-square-feet of living space on five acres; Georgia and Federal style architectural details, central staircase, original door hardware and woodwork, expansive views of the St. George River, adjacent to a 750-acre wildlife management area, suitable for organic farming. “The purchaser must demonstrate that they can proceed with rehabilitation.” $85,000 through MainePreservation.org, under “revolving fund” heading.
POLL DU JOUR
• 71 percent of Americans say it “wouldn’t matter” one way or the other to if a presidential candidate were female; 74 percent of Republicans and 64 percent of Democrats agree.