- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 29, 2008


Public anger over higher gas costs “spells a major opportunity for conservatives because liberal policies and nonsensical regulations are directly responsible for higher energy prices. Energy prices provide a prime example to show how liberal policies are actually harmful to the poor, working families and the elderly - those whom liberal Democrats claim to be their ‘base,’” advises longtime conservative guru Richard Viguerie.

“This is a ‘teaching moment’ … We have a major opportunity to show the American public how the liberals have messed up their lives. High energy prices caused by bad liberal policies exemplify perfectly the differences between conservative principles and failed liberal ideology. …

“The biggest problem in doing this is our mindset. The lack of Republican leadership has put conservatives on the defense for so long that we’re forgetting how to play offense. … We have to point out how the liberal worldview, which is that government - led by them, of course - needs to control everyone and everything. As with energy prices, central government control does not work. …

“Conservatives must provide the leadership because the establishment, big-government Republicans, as usual, have run for the tall grass and are AWOL.”


Ralph Nader, the perennial eco-alternative Democratic candidate for all sorts of things, plans to attend the Democratic National Convention just to liven things up during this excruciatingly politically correct confab later this summer.

But gee. Why wait? He’s already throwing his weight around.

Sen. Barack Obama “talks white” said Mr. Nader, who has criticized the presumptive presidential nominee for not campaigning in low-income communities.

“He wants to show that he is not another politically threatening African-American politician. He wants to appeal to white guilt. You appeal to white guilt not by coming on as black is beautiful, black is powerful. Basically he’s coming on as someone who is not going to threaten the white power structure, whether it’s corporate or whether it’s simply oligarchic. And they love it. Whites just eat it up,” Mr. Nader told the Rocky Mountain News.


“Maybe the mainstream media are growing tired of hackneyed images of Barack Obama appearing in Christ-like poses, because now the Obama-friendly scribes at Rolling Stone have crafted an even more preposterous way of peddling the junior senator from Illinois: his image on a magazine cover devoid of any headline,” writes Peter Sasso of Newsbusters.org.

“Yes, the cover of the most recent edition of Rolling Stone features a giant picture of a grinning Barack Obama without any headline attached to it. It is the second Rolling Stone cover for Obama in just a matter of months, following up on a cover that portrayed Obama with an otherwordly aura emanating from behind him.

“Sen. John McCain is still awaiting his first Rolling Stone cover and the editors can’t use age as an excuse. After all, Keith Richards has appeared there numerous times.”


On this day in 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the death penalty could constitute “cruel and unusual punishment.” Twenty years later to the day, a divided Supreme Court ruled that women have a constitutional right to abortion, but the justices also weakened the right as defined by the Roe v. Wade decision.

Perilous moments? Last but certainly not least, on this day in 2002, President Bush transferred presidential powers to Vice President Dick Cheney for more than two hours during a colon screening that turned out just fine, according to a New York Times account.


13 percent of Americans rate the overall economic policies of the U.S. government as “good,” 71 percent deem them “bad.”

25 percent of Republicans say the policies are good, 52 percent say they’re lousy.

7 percent of Democrats give them thumbs up, 83 percent thumbs down.

40 percent of Americans overall expect their household financial situation to improve in six months.

46 percent of Republicans and 36 percent of Democrats agree.

28 percent of us say the job market is good, 53 percent say it’s bad.

41 percent of Republicans say the market is good, 37 percent bad.

20 percent of Democrats say good, 64 percent say bad.

Source: Harris Poll of 1,219 adults conducted online on June 5 and 13.

mContact Jennifer Harper at [email protected] or at 202/636-3085.


“Fleeced: How Barack Obama, Media Mockery of Terrorist Threats, Liberals Who Want to Kill Talk Radio, the Do-Nothing Congress, Companies That Help Iran, and Washington Lobbyists for Foreign Governments Are Scamming Us - and What to Do About It” - title of a new book by former Clinton adviser Dick Morris.

“I support John McCain for president. But that doesn’t mean I support the Republican Party.” - Ralph Peters, to USA Today.

“The survival of this flag is a testimony to the strength and perseverance of this nation.” - Brent D. Glass, director of the National Museum of American History, on the successful conservation of the American flag that flew over Fort McHenry in 1813 and inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

“I´m a victim of sexism.” - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.



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