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Ron Paul’s niche support: Solid but not enough

Ron Paul‘s niche support among specific libertarian and right-wing voters keeps him hovering near first place in Iowa as state’s unique caucus primary system approaches but his band of rabid supporters forget one thing. A win in Iowa doesn’t translate into long-term political success or the Republican nomination for President. Just ask former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who won Iowa four years with support form the same cadres of narrow-interest voters that now flock around Paul.  A few weeks later, Huckabee was history. “Iowa is a lot of hoopla but little else,” says Michael Jander, who worked for Huckabee in
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Gingrich rolls the dice in latest GOP gabfest

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich took his shoot-from-the-lip political nature into the latest GOP presidential debate Tuesday and wandered into dangerous and uncharted territory on immigration and Social Security. It was vintage Gingrich, unleashing the riverboat gambler style that served him during is contentious days in Congress. Instead of playing it safe, Gingrich offered ways for illegal immigrants to avoid deportation and become U.S. citizens, a defiant stance to the rapid Republican right wing that wants all illegals shipped home. “I don’t see how the party that says it’s the party of the family is going to adopt
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‘Super Committee’ crashes and burns

Turns out the over-hyped Congressional “Super Committee” wasn’t so super. In fact, it was a dud. The joint House and Senate committee, charged with coming up with a plan to overcome the government’s record $15 trillion debt, threw in the towel Monday and admitted it could not overcome partisan bickering and political divides. The failure sent stock prices into the dumpster as the uber-secret committee dissolved into bitter, finger-pointing oblivion. It leaves behind another Congressional legacy of failure, a monument to gridlock that symbolizes Congress and a political system unwilling to make the tough decision to solve an economic crisis.
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Cain fades while Newt gains, mouths off

Looks like Herman Cain‘s 15 minutes of political fame are up. The former Godfathers Pizza CEO, reeling from multiple charges of sexual harassment and hobbled by gaffes, dropped to third place in the latest USA/Today Gallup poll — joining an ever-growing list of short-term frontrunners who rose to the top tier and then dropped into the political dung heap of obscurity. Republicans have a new flavor of the month — former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich who is statistically tied with the party’s only longtime frontrunner — former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The poll shows Gingrich with 22 percent
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GOP establishment worried about its ‘loony list’ of candidates

As the Republican Party struggles to find a candidate with the best chance to beat Barack Obama in 2012, it faces a major problem: A proliferation of flawed, scandal-scarred candidates who — if successful — could doom the party’s changes of reclaiming the White House. Capitol Hill Blue has learned that a confidential “loony list” is circulating among senior aides at the Republican National Committee as strategists huddle in closed-door meetings trying to figure out ways to weed out the problem candidates. On the’ loony list’ are: Herman Cain, the former Godfather’s CEO under fire for a past history of
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Cain turns to Secret Service to hide from the press

Herman Cain is hiding behind a new security barrier of Secret Service agents — the first GOP candidate to request such protection in the 2012 campaign — and claims he wants the guards because of threats against him. But a source close to the Cain campaign confirmed to Capitol Hill Blue this week that the candidate is more concerned about the threat of a free press than any potential assassin. “He wants to keep reporters at bay,” the source said.  “He sees the media as an enemy.” In fact, Cain is so afraid of the press that he canceled a
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Debt talks collapse as deadline nears

Partisan bickering drove a wedge into deficit reduction efforts by the so-called Congressional “super committee” Friday as next week’s Wednesday deadline looms. “We in trouble,” a committee staff member told Capitol Hill Blue Friday night. The latest deadlock came as Democrats rejected the latest proposal from Republicans although the plan included some compromises. House Speaker John Boehner unveiled the new offer that he said could save $643 billion over the next decade but that only meets half the committee’s goal of $1.2 trillion. Democrats disputed Boehner’s claim that the plan would generate $229 billion in new revenues, saying the only
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A Republican presidential quagmire

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends We’re so glad you could attend Come inside! Come inside!* From any rational point of view, the Republican party is in a mess as it stumbles towards naming a candidate to face Barack Obama in 2012. In its manic scramble to find someone — anyone — to stave off former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney‘s seemingly inevitable march to the nomination, the GOP is turning to an endless series of flawed, unqualified or inept pretenders to the throne. With scandal-scarred, former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich joining the latest revolving
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GOP deficit plan: Limit deductions, tax health insurance

Republicans are looking at limiting deductions for mortgage interest, charitable donations and other traditional areas as well as taxing employer-provided health benefits as ways to raise taxes without calling it a tax increase. The plan, floated by Rep. Pat Toomey of the 12-member “super committee” is spurring considerable debate within both committee meetings and the GOP caucuses on Capitol Hill. Some Republicans feel the plan violates the party’s promise to hold the line on taxes but others say it is not a tax increase, per se, but simply a revamping of the current tax code. Still others call it smoke
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Bloomberg: Iowa is a four-man race

With the Iowa caucus just weeks away, the latest poll from Bloomberg News shows the race for the GOP nomination for President is a four-man race and a statistical dead heat. Bloomberg’s latest numbers: Herman Cain — 20 percent; Ron Paul — 19 percent; Mitt Romney — 18 percent; Newt Gingrich — 17 percent. Because the differences fall within the poll’s margin of error, the poll is considered an even split. However, support for all the candidates is shallow at best. Some 60 percent of those polls say their choice could change, given more information.  Ron Paul’s support is the
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