ATLANTA -- It has to be the heat. A severe outbreak of global warming disorder, or GWD, among Washington's elite is the only possible explanation for the strange behavior of so many power brokers.
Temperatures in Washington were so high this week that White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, perhaps suffering from dehydration, had a brief moment of lucid candor. During an interview with the newspaper The Hill, Gibbs took a page from Sean Hannity's playbook and castigated the "professional left" for criticizing President Barack Obama's handling of the war in Afghanistan and his unfulfilled pledge to close the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention facility. "I hear," Gibbs said, "these people saying he's like George (W.) Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested. I mean, it's crazy."
Unfortunately, Gibbs did not clarify whether he believes there is some connection between drug use and mental instability. He did note, however, what it will take to bring Obama's backers back into the fold: "They will be satisfied when we have Canadian health care and we've eliminated the Pentagon."
This is, of course, the same Robert Gibbs who famously forecast during last month's record-breaking heat wave, "There are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control" of the House of Representative in the November elections. Understandably irritated by the prospect of losing her perks and privileges, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi downplayed Gibbs' efforts to keep the Democratic base home from the polls and told CNN, "I don't spend a whole lot of time thinking about what the president's employees say about one thing or another."
Apparently uncertain about how effective these comments might be at alienating fellow Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was forced by high temperatures in Nevada to take matters into his own hands -- or mouth. During a campaign event in Las Vegas this week, the liberal icon boldly told supporters, "I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK? Do I need to say more?" Nope.
Reid's racial slur might have been excused as a case of GWD-induced heatstroke, except someone remembered the majority leader's saying in 2008 that Obama benefited from his "light-skinned" appearance and his ability to turn his "Negro dialect" on and off. Since making his most recent bigoted comment, Sen. Reid has lost the endorsement of the National Rifle Association and been introduced to congressional Republican colleagues Sen. Mel Martinez and Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart, as well as Senate candidate Marco Rubio. He also has been reminded that the slogan "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" really isn't true. It's just heated rhetoric.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.