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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain continues his courtship of the most radical element of illegal alien apologists. He'll speak to the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza in San Diego on July 14.

Sen. McCain is no stranger to the group, characterized by columnist Michelle Malkin as the "militantly ethnocentric, anti-immigration-enforcement Hispanic lobbying group." La Raza honored the Arizona senator in 1999; McCain delivered the keynote address at the group's 2004 gathering.

La Raza smears those who oppose open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens as "haters" and "racists."

"Yes, an ethnic separatist group that calls itself 'The Race' -- a group that has embraced John McCain and vice versa -- has the gall to crusade against 'hate,'" Ms. Malkin notes.

McCain had made significant progress in reaching out to conservatives over the last month or so. But his La Raza embrace is a serious lapse of judgment, one of a number of lapses that, if the primaries are a valid indicator, could lead to a full quarter of the Republican electorate staying home on Nov. 4.

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell could be an attractive running mate for likely Democrat nominee Barack Obama, writes Fred Barnes in The Weekly Standard.

He cites Mr. Rendell's national stature -- he once headed the Democratic National Committee -- and that, even with his public support of Hillary Clinton, he remains a general Democrat good fellow.

Most important, Barnes says Rendell could do what Lyndon Johnson did for John F. Kennedy in 1960 -- deliver his big state. Barnes thinks Rendell could corral the "Catholics, working-class women and downscale white voters" that Sen. Obama could not in his April 22 primary loss to Sen. Clinton.

That might be true. But Rendell has baggage that is quite exploitable. There's the Norman Hsu debacle. There's the Louis Farrakhan praise. There's negotiating sweetheart labor contracts for political gain. There's his administration's unconscionable twisting of economic statistics to mask remarkably lousy economic performance. Incurring massive debt for future generations to pay off is his trademark.

Ed Rendell is much like a Philly cheesesteak that just won't hold together -- a messy lap stainer. That would, however, be a great boost for the GOP.

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ruled that sexual activity is not an "accessory use" for a restaurant, reports .

Club Kama Sutra in Philadelphia argued that sexual activity on the property was "live entertainment," a provision copacetic with its restaurant permit.

As if the name of the club isn't enough to tip you off as to what the primary club activity was, the court noted a pricing structure a bit out of line for your typical buffet-style restaurant: $75 per couple on Friday night, $100 per couple on Saturday night, $25 for either night for single women and $100 for single men on Friday night only.

Must have been some buffet.

In dissent, Commonwealth Court Judge Shelly Friedman said sex indeed is a form of entertainment for patrons who engage in it and is akin to off-track betting and karaoke.

Prudes might be dismayed but such logic can't be faulted.

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