- The Washington Times - Monday, May 6, 2019

Former Vice President and current presidential hopeful Joe Biden is having a wee skirmish of sorts.

“Joe Biden started a catfight with Beto O’Rourke over who is more Irish,” reports Irish Central, a sizable U.S.-based news organization that covers Irish American matters.

“Biden wants you to know one thing. He’s the only true Irish American running for president in 2020. That means Beto O’Rourke, Congressman Tim Ryan, former Congressman John Delaney and even Kristen Gillibrand (her maternal great-grandmother, Mimi, was an Irish immigrant) don’t pass muster when it comes to Irish heritage in the former VP’s opinion,” writes Niall O’Dowd, editor and founder of the publication.

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The hubbub got started over a recent observation Mr. Biden made to Demetri Sevastopulo, Washington editor of The Financial Times.

“There’s only one real Irishman running for president, and it’s me,” he told the newsman, who shared this revelation in a tweet.

Yes, well.

“Biden is extremely proud of his Irish heritage. His great-grandfather, James Finnegan, emigrated from County Louth as a child in 1850. All eight of his great-great-grandparents on his mother’s side were born in Ireland during the first half of the 19th century. On his father’s side, two great-grandparents were also born in Ireland. Essentially that makes him five-eighths Irish. However, dissing Beto, etcetera has started a catfight, especially as Twitter lit up with the controversy. Beto has undeniable Irish roots: His great-great-grandfather Bernard O’Rourke was born in Glencar, North Leitrim,” Mr. O’Dowd explains.

The aforementioned Mr. Sevastopulo — who did not categorize this moment as a “catfight” among politicians — has nevertheless tried to calm the fervor by downplaying the significance of Mr. Biden’s remark.

“It was a joke response to me pestering him,” he tweeted Monday. “I have asked Beto about his Irish roots too. He doesn’t talk about them much.”


The nation is not in the mood for the drawn-out drama of impeachment — of anyone.

“Congressional Democrats seem to be in an impeaching mood these days, but voters think their threats against President Trump, Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh are going nowhere,” advises a new Rasmussen Reports survey.

It found that 71% of likely U.S. voters think the House of Representatives is unlikely to impeach any of them in the next few months.

“Only 22% consider the impeachment of any of these men as likely — while just 7% say impeachment is very likely and 34% say it’s not at all likely,” the survey analysis said.


Merriam-Webster, producer of world-class dictionaries, reports that “snitty” continues to lead the popularity trends at its popular website. “Snitty” caught the public’s attention when Attorney General William Barr wielded the word during his appearance before the Senate last week, using it to describe a letter written by Robert Mueller. The special counsel had criticized Mr. Barr’s four-page summary of his 448-page report on Russian election interference. Mr. Barr, in turn, shared his own feelings on the letter.

“It was a bit snitty,” he said.

Merriam-Webster notes that “snit” was first used in 1939, while “snitty” appeared in 1978, and officially means “disagreeably ill-tempered.”


The Republican Jewish Coalition has arrived in Israel to stand with that nation following recent missile attacks by Hamas.

“We are here in Israel on a mission of solidarity. We bring not only the support of the coalition but also the assurance of President Trump’s commitment to stand with Israel,” notes Executive Director Matt Brooks, who is traveling with a delegation from the organization.

“We are emboldened by the president and vice president’s unequivocal statements of support for Israel as it defends itself from terrorist rocket fire. Being on the ground in Israel, we can see that the Israeli people are deeply comforted by the Trump administration’s resolve. This is why Donald Trump is known the world over as the most pro-Israel president of all time.”

Mr. Brooks adds: “The president and the Israeli government are committed to finding a peaceful solution. Now, they just need someone with whom they can make peace. We all pray that the people of Gaza will seize this opportunity to make a better life for themselves and the region.”


The philanthropic Bradley Foundation — which maintains that America is “invigorated” by its unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — holds considerable sway in the nation’s capital on Tuesday.

The group has organized a morning symposium at The Heritage Foundation, titled “The State of the Constitution.” It will be introduced by foundation President and CEO Richard W. Graber, feature eight notable scholars and be moderated by senior legal fellow Hans von Spakovsky. It will be live-streamed beginning at 9 a.m. EDT from Heritage.org/events.

In the evening, the 2019 Bradley Prizes will be awarded in a historic site not far from the Capitol, honoring efforts that “restore, strengthen and protect the principles and institutions of American exceptionalism.” Each of the three winners — chosen from 200 nominations — will receive a stipend of $250,000.

And the winners: Janice Rogers Brown, former judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; author James Grant, founder and editor of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer; and Roger Kimball, editor and publisher of The New Criterion and president and publisher of Encounter Books. Wall Street Journal editorial writer Kimberley Strassel will be the master of ceremonies; the event will include an unscripted discussion about “pressing challenges” now at stake for the nation.


47% of Americans say socialism is “not compatible” with American values; 87% or Republicans, 59% of independents and 32% of Democrats agree.

45% have a neutral opinion of socialism; 18% or Republicans, 43% of independents and 67% of Democrats agree.

42% have a negative opinion of socialism; 76% or Republicans, 45% of independents and 15% of Democrats agree.

29% say socialism is compatible with American values; 7% of Republicans, 27% of independents and 50% of Democrats agree.

10% have a positive opinion of socialism; 6% or Republicans, 9% of independents and 15% of Democrats agree.

Source: A Monmouth University poll of 801 U.S. adults conducted April 11-15 and released Monday.

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