- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 4, 2016

Some people still have great expectations for a certain Democrat. The canny few who managed to get a copy of Newsweek’s now-recalled “Madam President” special edition published Nov. 8 are hopeful they can capitalize on a report which features the subtitle “Hillary Clinton’s historic journey to the White House,” and a glowing portrait of the former presidential nominee.

The magazine is priced as high as $500 on eBay. The glorious but erroneous publication is now being peddled by multiple online dealers who somehow snagged a copy before the whole lot was hustled back to Newsweek within hours of President-elect Donald Trump’s victory. About 125,000 of the commemorative issues were published; the few surviving copies have achieved some sort of historic status, with most of the sellers describing their offering as “unread” or “in mint condition.” The public is interested. Some offers already have drawn multiple bids.

Newsweek also had a version for President-elect Donald Trump on hand, also touting his “historic journey.”

But there’s more. Interesting to note that “Madam President” is also the name of a new nail polish, described as ‘a commanding red with real Oval Office power,’ by OPI, which makes the new shade. Elie Tahari, a woman’s fashion designer with clients that include Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, introduced an entire “Madame President” line of sleek female attire. A dramatic advertising campaign included models in a mock-up of the Oval Office and participating in a faux swearing-in ceremony. The company’s pitch has since turned holiday fashion.

Cafe Press, the longtime purveyor of political campaign items of every description, has since reduced their “Madam President” coffee mug from $14 to $10. The Democratic Party, meanwhile, has re-opened its official online store, now offering “POTUS legacy posters” and lapel buttons which read “I didn’t vote for Trump” and simply the word “No.”

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

A certain buoyant, confident mood persists among Americans delighted in the outcome of the 2016 election. “Most voters expect big things from President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican Congress right from the start,” says a new Rasmussen Reports survey which found that 54 percent of likely U.S. voters think major legislation to improve the country is likely to be passed during Mr. Trump’s first 100 days in office.

Those voters likely sense a change in White House management style. Insiders agree.

“We have got a president here in Donald Trump who wants to look at the best and brightest of America, regardless of background, regardless of past disputes that we may have had with each other, That is the past. That’s the rear-view mirror. We want a look through the front windshield,” incoming White House chief-of-staff Reince Priebus told CBS “Face the Nation” on Sunday.

“Donald Trump will talk to a lot of folks and just say, what do you think about this option? That’s a good thing. But in the end, once he formulates his opinion, once he decides this is where we’re going to go, he pulls the trigger and he moves,” Mr. Preibus continued, adding, “He is a details guy. I would say he’s a Socratic method guy. He asks a lot of questions, asks questions about questions. And he will keep going until he’s satisfied with the information that he’s getting.”

CHUCK GETS IRATE

“It’s not about the media, sir. Hitting the media is always a crutch for you guys.” NBC “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd told Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who had suggested in an appearance Sunday that the press typically underplayed Donald Trump’s accomplishments.

But alas, public research disputes Mr. Todd’s sentiment, and has for quite some time.

Voters have consistently said they thought the media was against Mr. Trump in assorted polls — even as far back as a year ago. Almost half the respondents in a Rasmussen Reports survey said that was the case in a poll dated Dec. 9, 2015.

More recent findings reveal intensified results in the lead-up to Election Day: 55 percent said the press was against Mr. Trump in Quinnipiac University survey on Oct. 19; 56 percent agreed with that in a similar AP/GFK poll on Oct. 27. Another 75 percent said the press “wanted Hillary Clinton to win the election” in a USA Today poll on Nov. 1.

And when all was said and done, the public still sided with Mr. Trump. A Media Research center post-election poll found that six-out-of-10 voters said the press clearly favored Mrs. Clinton, while 78 percent pronounced election coverage had a liberal bias.

FOR THE CURMUDGEON WHO HAS EVERYTHING

“Political correctness took a decisive beating in 2016. So what gift could possibly be more appropriate to cap off this long year than one of Regnery’s politically incorrect guides?” asks the longtime conservative publisher of the same name.

Indeed, Regnery Books offers a 28 “myth-busting” books from a variety of authors who unapologetically take on cultural, religious and political forces with refreshing abandon. “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism” by Kevin Wililiamson hammers on the fatal flaw of socialism — “that efficient, complex economies simply can’t be centrally planned.”

“The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex and Feminism” by Carrie Lukas sets out to “correct the lies women have been told, and slams the door on the feminist professors and the rest of the bra-burners who have done so much to wreck women’s lives.”

Also up for ruthless examination: guides to the Middle East, the Crusades, Islam, Catholicism, the 1960s, capitalism, the Great Depression, global warming, hunting, the Civil War, the Vietnam War and Founding Fathers — described by author Brion McClanahan as “a generation without equal, and it deserves to be rescued from the politically correct textbooks, teachers, and professors who want to dismiss the Founders as a cadre of dead, white, sexist, slave-holding males.”

Find the selections at Regnery.com under the “series” heading.

POLL DU JOUR

68 percent of U.S. drivers admit they drive over the posted speed limit; 66 percent of men drivers and 71 percent of women drivers.

50 percent have given another driver “the finger”; 53 percent of men and 48 percent of women.

38 percent say they have sped through a yellow light; 38 percent of men and 39 percent of women.

31 percent say they have thrown trash out the window of their car; 35 percent of men and 26 percent of women.

15 percent text while driving; 18 percent of men and 13 percent of women.

Source: An AutoNation survey of 2,000 U.S. drivers conducted throughout November and released Friday.

• Murmurs and asides to jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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