- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Republicans have passed judgment: Things are pretty tense inside the Democratic Party as the heavyweights figure out how to spin the nomination tussle between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernard Sanders, who is not quite ready to conveniently exit, stage left, from the 2016 presidential race.

As press and pundits speculate over his visit Thursday with President Obama, the tenacious Mr. Sanders plans a massive “Future to Believe In” rally in the nation’s capital later in the day; C-SPAN already plans coverage at 7 p.m. EDT. The sword-rattling and political posturing could continue all the way to the Democratic convention next month — or maybe not. We’ll see.

In contrast, the Republican Party has now shifted into serious and productive planning for its own convention — described as a “united event” for 50,000 enthusiastic attendees, 15,000 cranky journalists, 2,470 delegates, 2,302 alternate delegates and 120 staffers.

“As recently as two months ago, Democrats and the national media were crowing in anticipation of a bare-knuckle floor fight at the Republican convention over our party’s nomination, and now the shoe’s on the other foot,” says Republican National Committee chief strategist and communications director Sean Spicer. “Democrats appear to be taking their fight all the way to Philadelphia, while we remain smoothly on track for a unified event and great show in Cleveland, where we’ll nominate Donald J. Trump as the next president of the United States.”

And there you go. Voters themselves can chime in on what should be included in the Republican Party platform that will be crafted at the convention. Consult this new official website: Platform.gop.

NOW THERE’S A THOUGHT

Hillary Clinton has won enough delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination for president, effectively crushing Bernie Sanders’ historic bid to become America’s first Jewish president,” notes Heat Street political analyst Andrew Stiles, who adds, “Looks like Bernie will have to wait at least another four years for another shot at history, assuming Hillary Clinton is not indicted for mishandling state secrets and endangering national security via her private email server.”

LADIES DAY ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

A unique form of broadcast sexism surfaced this week during the coverage of the California primaries and Hillary Clinton’s bid to become the first woman to win a major party presidential nomination.

An extensive new Media Research Center analysis finds the “Big Three” broadcast networks organized their coverage to ensure that Mrs. Clinton’s campaign was almost entirely reported by female correspondents, while the GOP race was largely reported by male correspondents, according to Rich Noyes, research director for the conservative press watchdog.

Analysts reviewed 950 news stories that aired on ABC, CBS and NBC about the presidential campaign from Jan. 1 to June 7. On-air correspondents were almost equally divided between male and female: Men reported 487 stories, women correspondents reported 463 stories.

But the subject matter determined who covered what: 83 percent of the stories about the Democratic primaries and Mrs. Clinton — 245 reports — came from women correspondents, compared with just 50 assigned to male reporters. Coverage of presumed GOP nominee Donald Trump was nearly the reverse: Men reported 374 on the GOP stories, or 68 percent, while women reported 173 of them (32 percent).

YET ANOTHER THREAT

Uneasy about the overreach of the Obama administration into America’s moral fiber? A forthcoming book from Roger L. Simon explains all: “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already” explores this subtle but insistent dynamic.

Mr. Simon, founder of PJ Media, deems this moral narcissism as “the new method for feeling good about yourself. It no longer matters how anything turns out as long as your intentions were good, that you were moral. And, just as importantly, the only determinant of those intentions, the only one who defines that morality, is you.”

Mr. Simon explains the political dimensions, noting that this phenomenon is behind “all those scandals from Obamacare to the Veteran’s Administration to the IRS, Benghazi, Bergdahl, Syria and beyond. Everything the Obama administration did and does was about making them feel good about themselves — the results be damned.” The book is published by Encounter Books.

PEACE IN THE AGE OF OBAMA

America, land of peace? Not necessarily. The U.S. no longer ranks in the top 100 most peaceful nations on Earth. It stands at No. 103, according to the Global Peace Index, a comprehensive statistical analysis released Wednesday that quantifies the relative peacefulness of 162 countries.

Such nations as Cuba, Gabon, Sri Lanka, Haiti and Bangladesh are ranked as “more peaceful” than America, the massive study found. The annual assessment measures internal crime statistics, political forces, refugee activity, population trends, terrorism, homicides and economic conditions.

The most peaceful spots on the planet? Iceland, followed by Denmark, Austria, New Zealand, Portugal, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Canada, Japan and Slovenia for the top 10. Syria is at the very bottom of the list, followed by South Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia, Yemen, Central African Republic, Ukraine, Sudan, Libya and Pakistan. China is ranked at 120, Russia at 151.

Find it all at VisionofHumanity.org.

POLL DU JOUR

69 percent of U.S. diners don’t know what “okonomiyaki” (Japanese savory pancake) means when it appears on a menu.

64 percent can’t identify “bibimbap” (Korean rice and vegetables), 63 percent can’t define “gougere” (puff pastry).

60 percent can’t identify “harissa” (North African spice mixture), 58 percent can’t identify “patatas bravas” (sauteed potatoes in spicy tomato sauce), 57 percent can’t identity “en papilotte” (cooking food in a parchment paper).

56 percent worry that ordering an unfamiliar ingredient will ruin their dining experience.

29 percent say restaurant menus are more complicated than they need to be.

Source: An Open Table/Harris Poll survey of 2,035 U.S. adults who dine out at least once a month, conducted March 3-23 and released Tuesday.

• Guffaws, knowing little snickers to jharper@washingtontimes.com

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