- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 7, 2010

Matthews’ whitewash

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews got considerable mileage from his insistence that “tea party” participants are of a certain race.

“They’re monochromatic, right?” he said Tuesday night. “Meaning they’re all white. All of them — every single one of them — is white.”

Members of the Project 21 black leadership politely disagree.

“Here’s a news flash for Chris Matthews. I was there. So was my son. Last time I checked, both of us are black — and we weren’t the only black people there. I guess the MSNBC camera people missed us,” said Bob Parks, a member of Project 21, which is an initiative of the National Center for Public Policy Research.

“Chris Matthews’ statement exposes how his narrow-minded liberal bias blinds him to the truth. I was a speaker at the FreedomWorks 9/12 March on D.C. and several similar rallies in Pennsylvania,” said Deneen Borelli, also a member of Project 21. “The tea party movement is not about color. It is about Americans expressing their concerns about the growth of government which will diminish individual liberty.”

The great beyond

Hey, this is just as good as a focus group. Exclusively for Inside the Beltway, hypnotist and professional mind reader Blair Robertson makes some predictions for a certain political party.

“Here are my intuitive impressions and predictions regarding the Republicans: My impressions are that at the moment the Republicans are like a pot getting ready to boil. Like the pot, it doesn’t appear like anything is happening, but they are brewing. It’s happening now and this year that whistle will start blowing loudly,” Mr. Robertson tells Inside the Beltway.

“Love them or hate them, two voices that conservatives are listening to are Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh. Any Democrat discounting either of these two are unwise. I’m the first to admit that these two are ‘obvious,’ although I stand strong in my impressions. Watch for them and what they do for unification of the party,” Mr. Robertson said.

“I predict that another voice will rise and join in harmonizing the Republicans: Bobby Jindal. It’s interesting — Bobby has a ‘Life Path’ number of one this year and is poised to make some serious waves in 2010. Number one indicates a new beginning and a fresh start,” he said.

“He has many interesting aspects about him, and ‘interesting’ is just what the party needs,” he added. “With all of the above said, I hasten to add that I get the impression that the surviving voice in the Republican Party may be yet to appear. I’ll certainly keep you updated as it’s revealed to me.”

Mr. Robertson has agreed to predict for the Democrats, too. Stay tuned.

Just plain murky

Number of times President Obama has vowed on camera to keep the health care reform debate “transparent”: eight.

Chances the debates will ever air on C-SPAN: zero or less.

“Top Democrats in the House and Senate have systematically worked to keep the American public in the dark about their government takeover of health care,” said Rep. Tom Price, Georgia Republican. “Approval of this bill and public trust of this Congress are in a race to the bottom, and in response Democrats have ducked behind closed doors. President Obama made a campaign promise that these deliberations would occur live on C-SPAN, not hidden away in a backroom.”

He added, “If the Democrats arent engaging in more nefarious backroom deal-making, why do they refuse to pull back the curtains and let the public see whats going on?”

For your lexicon

To be paired with “axis of evil” and “axis of weasels” as the health care debate submerges into the dim recesses of Congress:

President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — believing they and only they know what is best for the country — have formed an ‘Axis of Ego’ that is closing off the process of free and open debate that is the hallmark of the American political system,” said Colin Hanna, president of Let Freedom Ring, a grass-roots group that tracked how many lawmakers promised to actually read 2,000-page reform legislation.

“It’s an abuse of process and shows a cynical disregard for those outside their hallowed halls.”

Farewell, Janet

They’re more than annoyed. A group of high-profile conservatives is calling for the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, deeming her downright “pathetic” after her reactions to the would-be Christmas Day bombing.

Among the critics: Rep. Michael C. Burgess, Texas Republican; Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform; Craig Shirley, chairman of Citizens for the Republic; David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union; Gary Bauer, president of American Values; Brent Bozell, executive director of the Conservative Victory Committee; and Alfred Regnery, publisher of American Spectator.

The collective, with a dozen more critics, also called Ms. Napolitano’s decisions “at best highly questionable; at worst erroneous.” The group cites almost a year’s worth of Ms. Napolitano’s activities, including a 2008 terrorism report titled “Rightwing Extremism” and her comments after the near destruction of Northwest Flight 253 by a suspected operative of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

“It may well turn out that the bombers own ineptitude may be the only factor that saved those passengers. Given the overwhelming financial and human resources devoted to Americas security and overseen by Secretary Napolitano, the only honorable act left for her is to submit her resignation so the American people can be assured their safety is in capable hands,” Mr. Bozell said.

Poll du jour

• 75 percent of Republicans and 70 percent of Democrats blame Congress for their personal financial troubles.

• 67 percent of Republicans and 32 percent of Democrats blame President Obama.

• 64 percent of Republicans and 77 percent of Democrats blame Wall Street.

• 50 percent of Republicans and 75 percent of Democrats blame large corporations.

• 35 percent of Republicans and 30 percent of Democrats blame themselves.

• 25 percent of Republicans and 30 percent of Democrats blame their employers.

Source: A Harris Poll of 2,276 adults conducted Dec. 7-14.

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• Jennifer Harper INSIDE THE BELTWAY can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.old.

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