5 Best Wednesday Columns

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  • Thomas Friedman on What Republicans Could Do  to make a "serious" energy reform bill a reality. The New York Times opinion columnist notes that the very notion that Congressional Republicans would help pass such legislation is "unlikely" and laughable. Still, Friedman notes that even if just seven GOP Senators were to vote for a "watered-down" version of the energy bill, it would get "us started on ending our addiction to oil and mitigating climate change." He speculates: "Can you imagine how high the stock market would soar and how easy a compromise with Democrats would become if Republicans offered an energy policy consistent with their values and our interests?"
  • Rebecca Macatee on Lindsey Lohan and the State of Party Girls "Both of my legs are covered in ghastly, purple bruises. I'm not a soccer player, and I don't have an abusive boyfriend. You might say I'm a party girl." So begins Rebecca Macatee's defense of Lindsey Lohan in the Wall Street Journal this morning. Macatee is of the mind that any 24-year-old would be branded a train-wreck if they had the paparazzi tracking their each and every move. Although she distances herself from Lohan's more extreme (and felonious) adventures, Macatee concedes "I can imagine how easily one can give into the dangerous temptations that Ms. Lohan did."
  • Steven Pearlstein on What President Obama Could Learn From Secret America  Like most media members, the Washington Post columnist is smitten with his paper's investigation into national security excesses in the years after 9/11. Pearlstein thinks it's the kind of expose President Obama needs to study as he heads into the November, not because he's going to be hearing about Dana Priest's series out on the stump (although he might), but because it documents the very kind of government waste voters are tired of. If President Obama is going to continue pushing ambitious reforms, the Priest series is a cautionary tale about the kind of labyrinthine bureaucracy he must avoid enabling. "Doing it right means, first and foremost, keeping it simple," writes Pearlstein, "even when the work to be done is complicated."
  • Kathleen Parker on Alvin Greene's "Gumpish" Normalcy  The Washington Post contributor finds the African American war veteran's story paralleling similar, fictional, "nobodies" such as Forrest Gump and Being There's "Chance the Gardener." While those two characters bumbled their way into becoming unprecedented success stories, Greene's story is largely one of his own making--it's just that no one else believed in him. If the unlikely candidate could somehow unseat Jim DeMint in the Palmetto State ("stranger things have happened") Republicans  would "have to be gracious as one of their favorite tropes became manifest."
  • Victor Davis Hansen on the Power of Saying More Than No and detailing specific alternatives to Obama's agenda in the lead-up to the November midterms. While Republicans have had some success running as simply the counterpoint to the President's liberal agenda, The National Review contributor observes that the GOP will quickly be smeared with radical labels if they do not come up with a coherent platform to run on. Obama, after all, "seems to have some sort of plan to change America." Republicans quickly "must identify exactly how to undo the Obama agenda — and do so in a way that does not earn them the disdain that the Republican Congress earned between 2001 and 2006, and the Republican administration between 2005 and 2009."

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