Tales from the Trail

Top Democrat dismisses Beck’s ‘non-political’ rally as blatant politics

A Washington rally that will be hosted by Fox TV’s Glenn Beck and feature conservative power broker Sarah Palin drew the wrath on Friday of the chairman of the House Democratic campaign committee.

USA/Chris Van Hollen rejected organizers’ assurances that the “Restoring Honor Rally” — expected to draw thousands of members of the conservative Tea Party movement — would be “non-political.”

In fact, Van Hollen predicted the rally would be partisan and could turn off many voters.

The event, to be held on Saturday on the National Mall — between the U.S. Capitol and Lincoln Memorial — is billed as an opportunity to “celebrate America by honoring our heroes, our heritage, our future.”

But with Beck and Palin on stage before a crush of enthusiastic followers, the rally seems ripe for partisan bashing.

So what does Obama do for an encore?

Maybe he does walk on water…

President Barack Obama, having barely cut his teeth in office after nine months, has joined the rarified club of Nobel Laureates that includes the likes of  Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King Jr. Even Gandhi, despite being nominated five times, never made the list. NOBEL-PEACE/OBAMA

As with anyone who reaches the impossible dream early on, the question is: what next? He’s 48 years old, has more than three years left at the White House, how does he top this?

Obama said he was as surprised as anyone.

“Let me be clear, I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations,” he said in the White House Rose Garden.