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The Republican primaries: Much ado about nobodies

The “official” Republican presidential primary season begins in a week with the Iowa caucuses.  Then we get down to real voting in New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida and so on. And for what?  To determine which loser running under the Republican banner wins the dubious right to go up against another loser — current President Barack Obama — in November 2012. When we at Capitol Hill Blue look over the crop of candidates vying for the title we gotta wonder: “Where did they find these folks?” Looking at the list of dismal choices, the mind boggles.  This is the best
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As a Congressman, Ron Paul’s record is lackluster at best

Ron Paul sponsored 620 bills as a Congressman from Texas. One became law — H.R. 2121, which authorized sale of the old U.S. Customs House in Galveston, Tex. Most of his bills never go anywhere. Many never even get a co-sponsor. Only four ever made it to the House floor for a vote. Only one passed — the courthouse sale. As a Congressman, he failed to move legislation. According to The Washington Post, 47 bills Paul introduced in the current Congress went nowhere.  One would have forced the U.S. to withdraw from the United Nations.  Another sought to repeal the
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The hypocrisy of Ron Paul and his supporters

The rabid supporters of twice unsuccessful Presidential candidate Ron Paul claim their candidate is different from the others but when he comes under attack for using his foundations to further his political career, they chime in with a defense that claims other candidates do the same thing. In the end, the partisan supporters of the Texas Congressman who is sometimes a Libertarian, sometimes a Republican and always a conspiracy-touting extremist are no different than the die-hard backers of former presidents George W. Bush or Bill Clinton. “It is kind of funny that the standard defense of Ron Paul using his
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Gingrich compares Virginia ballot flub to Pearl Harbor

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich‘s campaign director is comparing the candidate’s failure to get his name on Virginia’s Republican primary ballot for 2012 to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. That’s right. Gingrich’s inability to take the necessary steps to qualify for a ballot is, in his campaign’s view, similar to an surprise attack that killed thousands of Americans and triggered the nation’s entry into World War II. Gingrich campaign director Michael Krull posted on Facebook: Newt and I agreed that the analogy is December 1941. We have experienced an unexpected setback, but we will
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Ron Paul uses non-profit groups to evade campaign finance disclosure laws

Two of Ron Paul‘s foundations are skirting the edge of, and perhaps crossing, the line between issue advocacy and political campaigning and may be breaking federal tax and campaign finance laws. The non-profits, all part of millionaire Paul’s political empire, pays his campaign aides, organizes political volunteers and promotes his often unorthodox ideas, the Associated Press is reporting. An AP “enterprise” story by Ryan J. Foley, published Saturday coincides with Capitol Hill Blue findings that raise serious questions about how Paul uses money donated to both his campaigns and his various causes. By diverting funds into his foundations, Paul is
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Ron Paul’s con: Using hatred of America to get rich

Hypocrisy is the constant bedfellow of most — if not all — politicians and even afflicts Ron Paul, the so-called “savior of America” on the GOP primary ticket. Yet the grandfatherly doctor so revered by his followers is a flagrant hypocrite who evades the truth and preaches one game while practicing another. If one is to believe the self-righteous proclamations of Ron Paul and his fanatical followers, the long-time Texas Congressman is so clueless that he had “no idea” that newsletters bearing his name spewed out racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic bile during the 1980s and 90s. Yeah, right.  And there
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In direct mail solicitation, Paul predicted ‘race war,’ touted newsletters

Texas Congressman and GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul claims he never read the racism-tinged newsletters that bore his name in the 1980s and 1990s, but a direct-mail newsletter solicitation sent out over his signature claimed authorship and warned potential contributors of what he called an approaching “race war in our big cities” and claimed a “federal-homosexual” conspiracy to conceal the dangers of AIDS. “Save yourself and your family,” Paul urged in the letter, sent out after he lost a re-election bid and before he returned to Congress. He added: While on Capitol Hill, I developed extraordinary sources in House and
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Ron Paul’s racist newsletters come back to haunt him

A common complaint from Texas Congressman and GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul’s supporters is that the media ignores their favorite candidate. As the old Mongolian proverb goes, “be careful what you wish for.”  Paul is getting media attention now and it’s not the kind of attention he or his enthusiastic band of followers wanted. A series of racist-themed newsletters that appeared under his name in the 1990s have resurfaced and questions about those newsletters and the money he made from them caused Paul to walk out on a CNN interview Wednesday. “I didn’t write them. I disavow them,” a testy
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Republicans pack spending bill with perks for donors

Congressional Republicans — supposedly representing the party of less, leaner government — are stuffing the latest spending deal with right-wing leaning “policy riders” and earmarks to gain conservative support going into the 2012 elections. The volume of these riders stuns even the most jaded Congressional cynics as Republican lawmakers stack the bill with legislative initiatives targeted to benefit high-dollar GOP donors. For example, Kentucky GOP Senator Mitch McConnell and House Appropriations Committee chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) have packed in several riders to benefit the coal industry.  McConnell, Rogers and House Speaker John Boehner have received more than $1.1 million in
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Ron Paul: God wants small government and no Fed

In Ron Paul‘s view of the world, God wants limited government and elimination of the Federal Reserve. That’s right.  The twice-failed Presidential candidate — once as a Libertarian and later as a Republican — says he finds his anti-government beliefs rooted in scripture, not politics. While some might find it a stretch to see God as a strict Constitutionalist, Paul finds a way to link most of his beliefs to his Christian faith. “Ron Paul is, first and foremost, a right-wing religious zealot,” a long-time GOP political consultant tells Capitol Hill Blue.  “That is key to his hardcore, almost cult-like
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