You'd never expect a guy like Republican message-man Frank Luntz to really have to work hard at anything. After all, this is the very fellow who successfully advised Republicans to cast consumer protection as government interference. That's an easy paycheck! But that's not Luntz's bread butter. That would be the Fox News Focus Group, into which I happened to stumble into yesterday. And it's hard work.
The Human Rights Campaign stands as the the most well-connected and "influential" gay lobbying group in the United States. The repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell is tops among their legislative goal this year. But winter is melting to spring and there is nothing to show other than Congressman Barney Frank's rumblings that repeal may not happen until 2011-when the 2012 elections, in which Democrats have 23 Senate seats up for reelection, are well gearing up. So HRC was forced to break out the big guns down in D.C. Who else to force the arc of history other than a reality show star?
Saturday in D.C., as you may have heard, saw a reversal of sorts. A hotly-disputed number (we average those crowd estimates at 20,000) of middle-aged white conservatives of all stripes, armed with digital cameras, took to their lawn chairs on the National Mall to protest a grab bag of issues. Some of the issues drawing their ire-health care, card check-were relevant to the current conversation. Others, like D.C.'s now defunct gun ban and Barack Obama's place of birth, were nothing of the sort. So, in many ways, conservatives now find themselves in the same hopeless position as did liberals circa 2003, with a critical core of dissent energizing [...]
Constitution Hall, a National Historic Landmark constructed by the society of Daughters of the American Revolution, shed its veneer last night to host the Pet Shop Boys, those fluorescent legends of 80's electronic synth-pop. It was a night for the notoriously uptight residents of D.C. to let it loose. And, were it not for the numbered and regimented seats hemming attendees to a fixed spot, they would have turned the whole house into a dance revival of the gay 80s.
Washingtonians were privileged Wednesday night to view a free advanced screening of the new Ang Lee film "Taking Woodstock" hosted by The Nation. Given the film's subject and the entity responsible for the promotion of this event, its safe to say that the audience which nearly filled the theatrer was the kind of people who ponder Woodstock with a whiff of mysticism. Through that misty veil of peace, love, and music, however, lies confusion and discord as to why the hell we're still talking about those three days in the August of 1969.
The month of August in Washington, D.C., is dominated by uneventful fare with the most noteworthy happenings going down outside of the beltway. Perfect timing, then, for an adorable celebri-teen to show up and maximize media exposure for his pet cause. The photogenic subject in question was Nick Jonas of the pop group the Jonas Brothers. This week, he took to a much smaller stage than he's used to at the National Press Club to promote awareness for Type I Diabetes. There, like out of some cruel joke, a soft, moist chocolate cake was present at each table.