NEWS AND OPINION:
This is truly a grand old party. In keeping with the season, the New York Young Republicans will host a bodacious get-together this weekend at an undisclosed location in Manhattan.
“We will hold our 110th Annual Gala, just as we have done through every major world event, including both World Wars and COVID-19, since our founding,” the organization — incorporated in 1911 — tells Inside the Beltway in a statement.
The black-tie event Saturday features an open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, a sumptuous seated meal and a spectacular guest list. The official hosts for the evening are Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Georgia Republican, Donald Trump Jr. and Jack Posobiec, senior editor of Human Events. The toastmaster for the evening is Andrew Giuliani Jr. And yes, his father, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, is also on the celebrity guest list.
The extensive, 40-person list of “special guests” for the event is indeed lengthy. In no particular order, it includes Steve Bannon and Steve Cortes, former advisers to former President Donald Trump; Rep.-elect George Santos, New York Republican; Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe; Fox News contributors Deroy Murdock and Mark Pepper; former New England Patriots defensive end Jake Bequette; political adviser Roger Stone; entrepreneur and Blackwater founder Erik Prince; a host of noteworthy foreign dignitaries and members of the European Parliament — well, you get the idea.
Dinner guests will hear from high-profile national speakers, mingle with special guests, and “discuss opportunities for the advancement of our mission,” the organizers say.
Its substantial mission statement — in place for over 70 years — is to “promote and maintain the principles of the Republican Party” and “to resist and expose political corruption,” among many other things.
ON THE RADAR
Arriving next month from Regnery Publishing: “In Defense of the Second Amendment” by Larry Correia.
“Bringing with him the practical experience that comes from having owned a high-end gun store — catering largely to law enforcement, and as a competitive shooter and self-defense trainer, the author blasts apart the emotion-laden, logic-free rhetoric of the gun control fanatics who turn every ‘mass shooting’ into a crazed call for violating your rights, abusing the Constitution — and doing absolutely nothing to really fight crime,” the publisher says in advance notes.
Mr. Correia also deploys “logic, reason, and Constitutional backing in this urgent and vitally important guide to the 2nd amendment.”
Among his main points, according to Regnery: why “gun-free” zones are more dangerous for law-abiding citizens and “red flag” laws don’t work; and how the Second Amendment “does indeed include your right to own an AR-15.”
The book arrives Jan. 24.
ALE TO THE CHIEFS
It is one of the more unusual competitions on Capitol Hill. That would be the annual “Hill Staff Home-brew Competition,” which does indeed feature eligible congressional legislative staff and federal employees who brew their own beer and enjoy a little competition.
The winners of this beer bout have been revealed by Julia Herz, executive director of the American Homebrewers Association. “It’s exciting to see the Capitol Hill community embrace the ingredients of bipartisanship, beer, and friendly competition,” Ms. Herz said in a statement to Inside the Beltway.
So without further ado, here are the awards and the winners — along with the lawmakers they work for:
Capitol Hill Staff Homebrew Champion, best of show: “Stuck in Committee,” a strong bitter brewed by Joshua Sizemore, who hails from the office of Sen. Steve Daines, Montana Republican.
Second Place: “Hot Toddy Ale,” a winter seasonal beer brewed by Molly Ryan, from the office of Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican.
Third Place: “Santos L. Halper,” A Belgian dark strong ale brewed by Nathan James of Congressional Research Service.
The organizers tell Inside the Beltway that the “participating congressional offices” also included brew-minded folk from the offices of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Maryland Democrat; Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska Republican; and Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Oregon Democrat; Rodney Davis, Illinois Republican; and Mike Kelly, Pennsylvania Republican.
ONE FOR THE CRÈCHE
Catholic League President Bill Donohue reveals that a tried, true and traditional Christmas greeting has a place in the Big Apple.
“The Catholic League has erected a life-size nativity scene in Central Park, on a piece of public property in front of the Plaza Hotel, between 58th and 59th Street on 5th Avenue. We received a permit from the New York City Parks Department, as we have for decades,” Mr. Donohue said in a statement to Inside the Beltway.
“There are no Santa Clauses, reindeers, Jack Frosts, or any other secular symbols surrounding our religious display. We don’t need to have them. Why? Because Central Park is a public forum, a place that is open to all ideas, concerts, artistic exhibitions, and the like. So the government cannot stop us from erecting our crèche,” Mr. Donohue observed.
“So why do some say that religious symbols cannot be displayed on public property unless they are accompanied by secular symbols? They would not be correct if they were referring to a public forum, but they would be correct if they were referring to a swatch of public land near a municipal building, such as a city hall,” he continued.
“The difference there is that it could be argued that the proximity of the religious symbols near a municipal entity might be interpreted as government sanction of religion. That argument cannot reasonably be made if the land is a public forum. Practicing Christians, Jews, and others, need to understand the difference so as to avoid unnecessary problems,” Mr. Donohue said.
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POLL DU JOUR
• 68% of U.S. adults agree that “there is more common ground among the American people than the news media and political leaders portray.”
• 67% agree that “people are always capable of changing for the better.”
• 66% agree that “politicians should put aside their differences and compromise.”
• 56% agree that “most people are trying to do the right thing.”
• 55% agree “it isn’t difficult to be friends with someone whose political views are different from their own.”
• 52% agree that “our society has a responsibility to take care of people in need.”
• 51% agree that “our country would be stronger if people would respect authority and follow rules.”
SOURCE: A Public Agenda/Ipsos poll of 2,219 U.S. adults conducted Aug.24-26 and released Tuesday.
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