William Katz:  Urgent Agenda

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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – AT 8:34 P.M. ET:

A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT – Hotel rooms are still available in Washington for Monday's inauguration.  The trendies apparently don't think Obama's second time around is anywhere near as zippy as his first.  You know, he's so over. They're already looking for the next big guy, or gal.  Someone to throw a party for, darlings.  Oh, you can get a room at the Willard Intercontinental, along the inaugural parade route, for $1,532 a night.  Just watching Janet Napolitano march by is worth it.

THE PHONIES – When are we going to realize that ethnic "organizations" don't necessarily represent their ethnic groups?  A leading Dem candidate for mayor of New York appeared before Al Sharpton's crowd, said she would keep current, superb Police Commissioner Ray Kelly if she becomes mayor, and was promptly booed, almost off the platform.  But a current Quinnipiac poll shows African-Americans supporting Kelly, 63 to 27 percent.  So who does Sharpton's group represent?  Apparently the 27 percent.  Overall, New Yorkers support Kelly 75 to 18 percent, significant because he has a "Republican" image in an overwhelming Democratic city where 81 percent of the voters went for Obama.  It shows that our side can triumph with the right people and the right policies.

PASSING – Stan Musial, of the St. Louis Cardinals, has died at 92.  He was one of baseball's true greats.  Even here in New York – Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig territory – "Stan the Man" was considered very special.  He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House in 2011. 

January 19, 2013