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The continuing hypocrisy of Ron Paul and his flock of sheep

As Texas Congressman and long-time libertarian Ron Paul comes under more and more scrutiny, more and more examples of his political hypocrisy come to the forefront. The Presidential candidate who preaches austerity buys full-fare airline tickets so he can bump up to first class on his many airline trips.  He talks about honesty in government but lends his name and Congressional cariier to newsletters that play on unproven paranoia to pad his own bank account.  He talks about leadership but his own leadership skills are so bad that — if you believe his own excuses — a series of racist
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Gingrich’s sugar daddy kills the campaign cash cow

Nevada casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, the largest single contributor to the Presidential hopes of former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich, closed his checkbook after Gingrich lost the Florida primary to GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney. As a result, Gingrich’s campaign is practically broke and is left scrambling for campaign cash. Adelson and his family donated $11 million to Gingirch through the Winning Our Future political action committee in the two months leading up to the Florida primary and the casino billionaire single-handedly funded the former speaker’s media blitz that led to his upset victory over Romney in South Carolina. But
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Romney edges Paul to win Maine caucus

Republican front-runner Mitt Romney bounced back from midweek losses in three states to win the Maine presidential caucuses, the state’s Republican Party announced on Saturday. With 95 percent of the vote counted, results of the non-binding straw poll showed the former Massachusetts governor with 39 percent, just ahead of libertarian Texas Congressman Ron Paul with 36 percent. The outcome was a comeback for Romney, who unexpectedly lost to former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado on Tuesday. Romney visited Maine on Friday and Saturday to meet voters and help energize the get-out-the-vote drive. Earlier on Saturday he
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Romney captures CPAC straw poll

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, long criticized by conservatives as a “RINO” (Republican In Name Over) won over enough right-wing activists at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to win the event’s straw poll Saturday, beating out challenger Rick Santorum. Romney carried the straw poll with 38 percent of the vote, compared to 31 percent for Santorum.  Former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich finished a distant third with 15 percent and Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who skipped the event, brought up the rear with 12 percent. While the straw poll win is not an official endorsement from the
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Santorum’s surge sends Romney campaign into reboot mode

Staggered by Rick Santorum‘s surge, Mitt Romney is trying to reset his presidential campaign by defining himself as a strict conservative. The former Massachusetts governor had focused on his business credentials and played down his ideology, four years after he failed in his attempt to win the GOP nomination by running as a social conservative. “I was a severely conservative Republican governor,” Romney told the Conservative Political Action Committee‘s annual gathering Friday. It was a speech that, advisers said, Romney viewed as an important chance to speak directly to the conservatives who rejected him in three contests last Tuesday. He
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Can Romney regain his momentum in Maine?

Maine’s Republican presidential caucuses look like a two-man race between Mitt Romney, the party’s current front-runner, and libertarian Ron Paul in a small-state contest that has taken on new importance for Romney after his losses in three states this week. Voting in dozens of local caucuses across Maine’s 16 counties has been going on since late January. Results of a non-binding straw poll will be released by the state Republican Party around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Among the Republican contenders seeking to take on Democratic President Barack Obama in the November general election, only Romney, the former governor of nearby
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Is Ron Paul skimming from taxpayer, campaign funds?

  Republican White House candidate and champion for smaller government Ron Paul appears to have been reimbursed twice for travel between his congressional district and Washington with both taxpayer and campaign funds, the Roll Call newspaper said on Monday. The libertarian congressman from Texas has staked his presidential campaign on a vow to slash government spending, but allegations that he may have received thousands of dollars in excess payments could taint his image and hurt his campaign for the Republican Party’s nomination to face President Barack Obama in November. Paul’s office was not immediately available to comment. The congressman has
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Scrambling Gingrich tries return to the high road

Newt Gingrich, suddenly in danger of losing his perch as Mitt Romney’s strongest GOP challenger, is fine-tuning his presidential campaign to place more emphasis on raising money, guarding his home turf and trying to avoid nasty quarrels with the front-runner. Rick Santorum’s stunning success in this week’s elections in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri has fueled his claim that he, not Gingrich, is best qualified to rally conservatives who feel Romney is too moderate and unreliable. Gingrich, the former House speaker, again faces a dilemma that has dogged him for much of the election. Should he show his feistier, meaner side
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Gut-wrenching social issues return to forefront of Campaign 2012

This was supposed to be an election where America’s struggling economy takes center stage. Then social issues got in the way. Republican strategists know they can’t win on the economy. “We’re weak on economic issues,” a GOP strategist admitted to Capitol Hill Blue this week. “The modest rebounds we’re seeing right now will most likely increase in the coming months and those improvements will help Obama, not Republicans.” But the Obama administration handed the GOP a gift: A return to the gut-wrenching social issues of abortion, contraception and gay marriage.  The administration’s decision to force insurance for birth control on
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CPAC: Just another phony conservative sideshow

God help us. It’s time for CPAC — the Conservative Political Action Conference — the annual gathering of the rabid right wing in the National Capital Region. CPAC this year comes just as conservatives finally have something to celebrate — former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum‘s sweep of the Tuesday caucuses and — in their minds — a victory for those who see regression as a way of life. CPAC is the creation of David Keene, part of a long-line of political opportunists who see rallying the rabid right as a way to make a quick buck. Keene’s American Conservative Union
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