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Bombastic Gingrich draws Republican ire

When Newt Gingrich stepped down as Speaker of the House and resigned from Congress amid an ethics scandal over a book deal and revelations that he was once again dumping a wife because of an affair with a younger woman, Republicans on Capitol Hill breathed a sign of relief. Newt was gone…or so they thought. Gingrich may have left elected office but he did not disappear into the shadows as so many in the GOP hoped. “Newt Gingrich is a political vampire,” one former aide tells Capitol Hill Blue.  “It would take a wooden stake to kill his ego, his
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Pathetic GOP field turns perennial losers into contenders

In a Twilight Zone political season where a celebrity-seeking real estate developer, a serial adulterer, a sexual predator, a brain-dead Texas governor and an intellectually-challenged Congresswoman can be touted as leading contenders at one time or another, it should come as no surprise that losers like Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul now find themselves one-two-three in the race for delegates for the GOP nomination for President. For different reasons, no one in the crowded field of GOP pretenders deserves to be President.  Among the three delegate leaders, one is a shape-shifting political package molded by pollsters and strategists,
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Romney wins New Hampshire: Can he be stopped?

After back-to-back wins in Iowa and New Hampshire, the question now for the muddled Republican field of Presidential contenders is:  Can Mitt Romney be stopped? Romney cruised to an easy win in New Hampshire Tuesday, capturing nearly 40 percent of the vote and leaving a field of other pretenders — led by Ron Paul with 23 percent — far behind. “It’s a convincing win to be sure,” GOP analyst Stan Wilson tells Capitol Hill Blue, “but it’s a win with an asterisk because it’s a win over second-tier candidates.” Political professionals say that in a perfect political world — a
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What happened to Rick Santorum?

Rick Santorum wrapped up his campaigning in New Hampshire Monday with a shell-shocked state of mind in a state that took a close look at him and didn’t like what it saw. Santorum’s hopes of continuing the momentum from his near-upset of GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney in Iowa last week ran head-on into political reality. Some feel Jon Huntsman will be the new Santorum, the back bencher who rises from obscurity to contender.  Whatever happens, it appears the Santorum bubble popped as soon as he landed in the Granite State. “This isn’t Iowa. Rick Santorum doesn’t sell here,” New Hampshire
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The worst Presidential field ever? That’s affirmative

Listen to the watchers and talkers in New Hampshire and you hear the same thing:  The current crop of Republican presidential candidates is the worst, most lackluster, most mediocre collection ever assembled by a political party. “I hate to admit it but there isn’t a standout in the whole bunch,” longtime New Hampshire political activist Sam Ruskin tells Capitol Hill Blue.  “They are, on the whole, a sorry lot.” MSNBC host — and former Republican Congressman — Joe Scarborough agrees. “Political luminaries come up to me, grab me by the lapels and whisper in my ear that this is the
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Romney roughed up a little in second New Hampshire debate

After back-to-back debates Saturday night and Sunday morning, GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney got his hair mussed but the general consensus among debate watchers and pundits is that the former Massachussets governor was not hurt enough to stop his momentum. University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato: Romney was dinged in the second debate, but not seriously wounded.  Basically, the candidates firmed up their own individual base but I don’t think they took much away from Romney either in terms of Republicans or independents. Sabato’s assessment was echoed by a panel of New Hampshire voters assembled by Capitol Hill Blue. 
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Romney emerges unscathed from first New Hampshire debate

If the challengers for the Republican nomination for President hoped to derail the Mitt Romney express at the first of two debates before next Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary they got switched to a siding. Romney, leading all polls by a comfortable margin in the Granite State, sailed through the debate on cruise control, looking comfortable while his challengers spent as much time attacking each other as him. A panel of New Hampshire voters assembled by Capitol Hill Blue agreed, for the most part, that Romney emerged a clear winner from the debate. “He appeared Presidential,” said Andrea Wilson. “The others
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Romney opens up big lead in South Carolina

Uh. Oh. Bad news for the “Occupy Mitt Romney” movement.  The candidate who is supposed to be in trouble after a close call in Iowa still holds a huge lead in New Hampshire and has surged to a “major lead” in South Carolina. A new CNN/Time magazine poll shows Romney’s support down South climbed 17 percentage points in the last month — up to 37 percent and a 20 point lead over second place Rick Santorum. Not a bad showing for a candidate who all but ignored South Carolina until recently.  After picking up the endorsement of Gov. Nikki Haley
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Santorum’s homophobia doesn’t play well in New Hampshire

GOP Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum‘s homophobia may play well in Iowa but it ran head on into the boo birds in Concord, New Hampshire. Trying to defend his anti-homosexual agenda and even equating it with polygamy, Santroum faced hoots, boos and catcalls from a gay-friendly crowd at the New England College Convention. A female student asked Santorum about his anti-gay stance: “How can you justify your belief, based on these morals that you have about all men being created equal when two men who want to marry can’t?” Shot back Santorum: “How about three men?  If reason says that if
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Nasty Newt is back, but will anybody care?

A petulant, whiny Newt Gingrich is turning up the heat on GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney. The kinder, gentler Newt is gone, replaced by an old familiar Newt — the vicious attack dog who goes for the jugular and takes no prisoners. After vowing to keep his campaign for the Presidency positive — something you can only do when you’re leading the pack — New Newt has become Nasty Newt with angry bile spewing at every term. Romney, Nasty Newt says, is a liar, hiding behind a super-pac that “Romney boated” him with ads about his record, his infidelity and
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