- The Washington Times - Friday, November 7, 2008


“For members of the Grand Old Party, this is a day to celebrate. Your long national nightmare, otherwise known as the Bush administration, is over,” Stuart Rothenberg writes in Roll Call.

“Of course, there will be plenty of hand-wringing, finger-pointing and even internecine warfare among party activists and their interest-group allies over the next few weeks as various constituencies within the party seek to assign blame for Tuesday’s Democratic sweep, though it was not nearly as bad as it could have been considering the public mood and the Democrats’ financial advantage,” Mr. Rothenberg said.

“Some will predict the end of the GOP. Others will merely consign it to minority party status for years because of demographic changes.

“I know that this will happen because I’ve seen it before: Each time a party has suffered big losses, frustration boils over. It happened after the 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1994 elections.

“Moderates and ideologues in the losing party always seem to disagree about who was at fault and what steps the bloodied and bruised party needs to take to get back on the winning track. After the 1964 and 1974 elections, some predicted the disappearance of the Republican Party. And reports of the death of the Democratic Party were greatly exaggerated after the 1972, 1994 and 2004 elections.

“While the near term is not rosy for Republicans, party members will now be able to turn the page, on what was tantamount to a four-year election cycle.”


“Superstar Gov. Sarah Palin spent Wednesday poolside at the luxurious Biltmore Hotel Resort and Spa, surrounded by her children, would-be ‘first dude’ (aka husband Todd), and a slew of family and friends,” reporter Joseph Curl writes in a blog at www.washingtontimes.com.

“Dressed in a pair of gym shorts, a Pittsburgh Penguins T-shirt and some big, dark sunglasses, the Alaska governor drew a nonstop flow of the curious, and graciously posed for photos with fans bold enough to speak to her (some poolgoers simply stopped by, took a few snaps and left).

“Her unruly mob of children, led by the precocious Piper, 7, spent much of the day slipping down a huge water slide. ‘Piper! Piper!’ the other kids yelled as she led a gang up the steps to the top of the slide. They hardly slowed for lunch, and apparently, the governor over-ordered.

“Palin’s sister walked over to your blogster and said, ‘Do you by any chance want a cheeseburger? Sarah ordered way too much food and I hate to see it go to waste.’ Your blogster ate said burger, dubbed by another reporter on hearing the story a ‘Palin Burger.’ (No, it wasn’t moose).”


“On multiple occasions, Barack Obama has declared that it is fair and even virtuous for ‘people who have done well like me’ to pay higher income taxes. Then why didn’t he?” Wall Street Journal editorialist Stephen Moore writes at www.opinionjournal.com.

“My colleague Kim Strassel has reported on a voluntary federal fund for liberals who want to contribute more taxes than they owe — but, alas, almost none do. The annual collections are less than 0.1 percent of all tax collections. As Ryan Ellis of the American Shareholders Association asks: ‘What’s the difference between Obama and the big corporations who “cheat” the government by taking advantage of what the tax code affords them?’

“Mr. Ellis’s group has reviewed Mr. Obama’s tax returns for the past eight years. The Illinois Senator has dutifully paid his taxes in full. But in no year did Mr. Obama make extra tax payments to help reduce the deficit or fund all the spending programs he favors. If Mr. Obama’s tax plan had been in place over the past 12 years, he would have had to pay $250,727 more in federal taxes over this period,” Mr. Moore said.

“In the end Mr. Obama’s income tax hikes aren’t likely to raise as much revenues as he expects because ‘rich fat cats’ — as they did after Bill Clinton’s tax hikes — will arrange their affairs to realize and report less taxable income. Famous was Hillary Clinton’s accelerated final bonus from the Rose Law Firm, which allowed her to keep more money than under her husband’s pending tax plan.

“Studies indicate ‘rich’ Americans were able to cut their extra payments by as much as 40 percent simply by timing their income to avoid the Clinton tax premium. Expect more of the same in 2009. Rich liberals may be fanatical about wanting to redistribute the wealth — but yours, not theirs.”


“RedState is pleased to announce it is engaging in a special project: Operation Leper,” Erick Erickson writes at www.redstate.com.

“We’re tracking down all the people from the McCain campaign now whispering smears against Governor Palin to Carl Cameron and others. Michelle Malkin has the details,” Mr. Erickson said.

“We intend to constantly remind the base about these people, monitor who they are working for, and, when 2012 rolls around, see which candidates hire them. Naturally then, you’ll see us go to war against those candidates.

“It is our expressed intention to make these few people political lepers.

“They’ll just have to be stuck at CBS with Katie [Couric]’s failed ratings.

“Initial list: 1. Nicolle Wallace. 2. Steve Schmidt. 3. Mark McKinnon.”


President-elect Barack Obama hasn’t even gone to the pound to get his long-promised puppy for daughters Sasha and Malia, but when it arrives, there will be a present awaiting the fur ball,” Paul Bedard writes in the Washington Whispers column of U.S. News & World Report.

“Milk-Bone tells us that it will provide a lifetime supply of the doggie treat to the new first family. Why? Well, says the firm celebrating its 100th anniversary, ‘to welcome the first pup to the White House.’ The firm adds in a release to us: ‘Milk-Bone, the iconic pet snack brand that is celebrating its 100th anniversary by recognizing Milk-Bone Moments, wishes to congratulate the new first family on the historic moment that occurred Tuesday night and their commitment to future pet parenthood by offering to supply the family with a LIFETIME supply of Milk-Bone dog biscuits. The Milk-Bone brand takes an oath to keep the presidential pooch-elect stocked with as many dog biscuits as he or she could wish for!’”

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or [email protected]

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