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The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER ● Cranky ad­mo­ni­tions, chitchat to jharper@wash­ing­ton­times.com.

DEMOCRATS: MUF­FIN THERAPY FOR ‘POSTELECTION GRIEF’

A cer­tain seg­ment of the na­tion now suf­fers from “postelection grief,” in­spir­ing one ther­a­pist to write an es­say for Na­tional Pub­lic Ra­dio sug­gest­ing that dis­traught peo­ple would ben­e­fit from bak­ing muffins in the “sanc­tu­ary” of their kitchen.

Jean Fain, a Har­vard Med­i­cal School-af­fil­i­ated psy­chother­a­pist, even sup­plied a “Hil­lary muf­fin” recipe that in­cludes ba­nanas, ap­ple­sauce, oat­meal, hazel­nuts and choco­late chips — not­ing that “muf­fin mak­ing as a med­i­ta­tive prac­tice is a re­li­able source of com­fort and hope.” Well, OK.

Now along comes Pub­lish­ers Weekly, the ma­jor in­dus­try guide in the books realm, with a re­port that at least three ma­jor book pub­lish­ers are now rush­ing out se­ri­ous books to help Democrats cope with Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s vic­tory. And yes, one is ac­tu­ally called “The Trump Sur­vival Guide: Ev­ery­thing You Need to Know About Liv­ing Through What You Hoped Would Never Hap­pen,” de­scribed by pub­lisher HarperCollins as “a se­ri­ous call to ac­tion for all anti-Trump dis­senters,” and “peo­ple look­ing for an­swers.”

But there’s more, of course. “What We Do Now: Stand­ing Up for Your Val­ues in Trump’s Amer­ica” from Pen­guin Ran­dom House fea­tures fancy es­says from 27 well-known pro­gres­sives, in­clud­ing Sens. Bernard San­ders and El­iz­a­beth Warren, fem­i­nist Glo­ria Steinem and New York Times colum­nist Paul Krug­man — all asked “to pro­vide ad­vice to peo­ple in their area of ex­per­tise on what they can do to voice their con­cerns over the next four years.”

A third of­fer­ing for de­pressed Democrats is ti­tled “Rad­i­cal Hope” from Vin­tage Books, an­other an­thol­ogy of es­says from var­i­ous au­thors and ac­tivists, deemed “an an­ti­dote to de­spair; a balm, a salve, a ral­ly­ing cry, a lyri­cal man­i­festo, a power source, a torch to light the way.”

STAND­ING UP FOR EVANGELICALS

“If there’s any­thing the lib­eral me­dia de­spises more than typ­ing ‘Pres­i­dent-elect’ be­fore Don­ald Trump’s name, it’s hav­ing to ac­knowl­edge the po­lit­i­cal in­flu­ence of evangelicals. There’s no hid­ing their im­pact now — not af­ter they helped pro­pel Trump to the big­gest elec­tion up­set in mod­ern history,” writes Fam­ily Re­search Coun­cil pres­i­dent Tony Perkins. “For years, the press has tried to fake a death cer­tifi­cate for the re­li­gious right, in­sist­ing right up to last month that the bloc was ei­ther ex­tinct or too frac­tured by Trump to re­verse Amer­ica’s po­lit­i­cal and cul­tural back­slide.”

Mr. Perkins cited a re­cent oped by Washington Post colum­nist Jen­nifer Ru­bin, who sug­gested that val­ues vot­ers should demon­strate their val­ues through pub­lic ad­vo­cacy and ser­vice to oth­ers, drop “griev­ance-mon­ger­ing, re­sent­ment, and tribal iden­tity” and seek to “re­pair” their im­age.

“Has there been a greater cham­pion of the vul­ner­a­ble in the womb or the per­se­cuted around the world than Chris­tians? Has any move­ment done more in pri­vate ser­vice to the home­less, the sick, or the needy than the church? Un­like the Left, which re­lies on the gov­ern­ment for its char­ity work, Amer­ica’s men and women of faith sac­ri­fi­cially give of their own time and re­sources,” Mr. Perkins writes in re­ply. “To sug­gest that we haven’t done our fair share — or worse, added to the suf­fer­ing — is not only dis­hon­est but in­sult­ing. Even so, Ru­bin claims it’s time for evangelicals to ‘use their in­flu­ence for good.’ As if end­ing re­li­gious geno­cide, stop­ping the slaugh­ter of in­no­cents, pro­mot­ing a so­ci­ety where peo­ple can wor­ship freely, and pro­tect­ing the fam­ily isn’t?”

Mr. Perkins adds, “The only im­age that needs re­pair­ing is the me­dia’s.”

CUL­TURAL MO­MENT

Many Amer­i­cans have shelled out, oh, $30 or so for a nice Christ­mas tree from a neigh­bor­hood church or the Home De­pot. That is not the case in New York City.

“Yule­tide cap­i­tal­ism is run­ning ram­pant this year — with the cost of a Christ­mas tree top­ping $1,000 in one Man­hat­tan neigh­bor­hood. Long­time Green­wich Vil­lage tree seller Heather Neville said that her tallest — and prici­est — of­fer­ing will com­mand an as­ton­ish­ing $77 per foot from any buyer who can’t haul it home,” re­ports The New York Post.

“This 13-foot tree — a beau­ti­ful fir — is $750, and with de­liv­ery, in­stal­la­tion with a stand, and tip would be $1,000,” Ms. Neville told the news­pa­per — which points out that the to­tal cost is enough to pay for over 600 meals for the home­less at the Bow­ery Mis­sion.

MEET­INGS, RE­CEP­TIONS AND A PLANE RIDE

“On Mon­day, the Pres­i­dent will at­tend meet­ings at the White House. On Tues­day, the Pres­i­dent will sign the 21st Cen­tury Cures Act. The Pres­i­dent and Vice Pres­i­dent will also de­liver re­marks at this event. On Wed­nes­day, the Pres­i­dent will host two Hanukkah re­cep­tions at the White House. The First Lady will also at­tend. On Thurs­day, the Pres­i­dent will at­tend meet­ings at the White House. On Fri­day, the Pres­i­dent will at­tend meet­ings at the White House. In the evening, the First Fam­ily will de­part the White House en route to Honolulu, Hawaii.”

— from an of­fi­cial White House dis­patch.

CPAC RANKED AMONG TOP EVENTS

Events pro­fes­sion­als have con­sid­er­able praise for the an­nual Con­ser­va­tive Po­lit­i­cal Ac­tion Con­fer­ence — CPAC. BizBash, a New York-based in­dus­try source for event plan­ners, now ranks CPAC among the top-po­lit­i­cal events in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal, out­ranked only by the White House Correspondents’ As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual din­ner, the State of the Union ad­dress and Amer­i­can Is­rael Pub­lic Af­fairs Com­mit­tee Pol­icy Con­fer­ence.

Amer­i­can Con­ser­va­tive Union chair­man Matt Sch­lapp re­minds ev­ery­one that the next CPAC is a lit­tle over 10 weeks away, Feb. 22-25, staged once again at glit­ter­ing Na­tional Harbor on the banks of the Po­tomac River about 5 miles south of Washington. Con­ser­va­tives will be fired up, and hope­fully for pos­i­tive rea­sons. Mr. Sch­lapp ad­vises that the theme this year is “We the Peo­ple: Re­claim­ing Amer­ica’s Prom­ise.”

POLL DU JOUR

● 75 per­cent of Amer­i­cans say there are “strong con­flicts” be­tween Repub­li­cans and Democrats.

● 66 per­cent say there are strong con­flicts be­tween “blacks and whites.”

● 60 per­cent say there are strong con­flicts be­tween “rich and poor.”

● 59 per­cent say there are strong con­flicts be­tween “im­mi­grants and U.S.-born.”

● 40 per­cent say the same of “younger and older peo­ple,” 40 per­cent also cite “peo­ple in cities and peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas” as marked by con­flict.

Source: A Pew Re­search Cen­ter poll of 1,502 U.S. adults con­ducted Nov. 30 and Dec. 5.

TRI­BUNE ME­DIA SER­VICES

Muffins, along with in­com­ing “Trump sur­vival books” are sug­gested for those with ‘post-elec­tion grief.”

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