John McCaslin

Unlike Las Vegas Democratic Mayor Oscar Goodman, Nevada Rep. Shelley Berkley, a fellow Democrat, thought twice about criticizing President Obama when she took the House floor this week to bash critics of Sin City.

Mr. Goodman, you will recall, said Mr. Obama has contributed to Las Vegas' recent economic decline by warning companies not to visit the convention city on the taxpayer's dime.

"That's outrageous, and he owes us an apology," scolded the mayor. "He owes us a retraction."

Mrs. Berkley, a former hotel executive, says: "I'm mad and I'm not going to take it anymore. I've had enough of my colleagues bashing my district, my hometown and the community I love. ... I've sat back as Las Vegas has been maligned, insulted and lied about for the sole purpose of making political points."

But rather than Mr. Obama, who got the anti-Vegas dice rolling, she singled out Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, for highlighting a Las Vegas "mob museum" as one example of wasteful federal spending; Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, for criticizing a costly "Sustainable Las Vegas" research project; Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal for decrying a Las Vegas-to-California maglev train route; and Rep. Trent Franks, Arizona Republican, who remarked this week that the same maglev train would transport happy passengers from Disneyland to the Moonlit Bunny Brothel.

"I grew up in Las Vegas. I've never heard of the Moonlit Bunny Brothel," says the congresswoman. "But I guarantee that maglev train is not going there."


"Let's be blunt: Democrats are screwing with the wrong man," writes another of this country's African-American leaders, Bob Parks, a member of the national advisory council of Project 21 and a senior writer for the New Media Journal.

"They are proceeding with the assumption that Rush Limbaugh is a political figure, a seriously misguided assumption. Mr. Limbaugh is not encumbered by any re-election land mines, so he doesn't have to worry about his actions coming back to haunt him later. He is purely driven by getting more listeners and having the White House and Capitol Hill Democrats mention him by name is a promotion dream come true."


Actress Phylicia Rashad will deliver the keynote address (and receive an honorary doctorate degree to boot) at Howard University's 142nd Charter Day Convocation on March 13.

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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