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Is Rand Paul ready for prime time?

Less than 24 hours after beating the Republican political establishment in the Kentucky Senate primary, Rand Paul has joined that another Tea Party poster child — Sarah Palin — with a galling display of foot-in-mouth disease. “He thinks he’s got enough working knowledge of the system and his philosophy to hold forth on anything any time, but he’s not ready for prime time,” longtime Kentucky journalist Al Cross told Politco Thursday. Paul’s evasion on whether or not he would have voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, along with his longstanding belief that restaurants and other businesses should be
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Parties find some hope in primary results

Both Democrats and Republicans found glimmers of hope for November’s midterm elections amid the political rubble on Wednesday, the day after an anti-establishment wave crashed over the two parties. In Senate primary elections, disgruntled voters dumped one Democratic senator, Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania, and forced another, Blanche Lincoln, to a run-off in Arkansas in races that Republicans said showed broad anger with President Barack Obama and the Democrats’ policies. But Democrats touted their win in a special U.S. House of Representatives election in Pennsylvania and took solace in the rout of the Republican establishment choice in favor of a conservative
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Washington establishment gets kick in the ass from voters

Voter anger crossed party and ideological lines Tuesday, tossing out Democratic and Republican incumbents and establishment candidates while cementing the message that they are mad at the whole damn mess in Washington. Voters issued fired Republican-turned-Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, forced Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas into a runoff and rejected Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell’s handpicked candidate in Kentucky. Tea Party candidate Rand Paul easily won the Republican Senatorial primary Kentucky, soundly defeating the candidate endorsed by McConnell and the GOP establishment. Specter’s defeat follows earlier voter rejections of GOP Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah and West
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Palin spouts lies at NRA gathering

Look out America. Sister Sarah Palin took her traveling road show to the National Rifle Association and warned the NRA gullibles that President Barack Obama and his Democratic cronies want to take away their guns, bullets, rocket launchers and anything else they can get their hands on. Of course, Palin had not facts to back up her claims but facts don’t matter to members of the NRA fantasy world. “Don’t doubt for a minute that, if they thought they could get away with it, they would ban guns and ban ammunition and gut the Second Amendment,” Palin declared in her
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West Virginia voters dump long-time incumbent

A West Virginia congressional seat that’s been held by a Democrat for generations is now up for grabs after 14-term incumbent Rep. Alan Mollohan was swept out of office on a wave of voter unrest that an opponent called a referendum on President Barack Obama. The congressman is the first U.S. House incumbent to be ousted this spring primary season amid widespread anti-incumbent sentiment. The same unrest helped end the 17-year career of Utah Republican Sen. Bob Bennett, who lost a GOP convention on Saturday. State Sen. Michael Oliverio carried 56 percent of the vote to Mollohan’s 44 percent Tuesday
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Palin’s Facebook fans turn fickle

Ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has outraged some of her fans with an endorsement of former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina in the GOP’s U.S. Senate primary in California. The former Republican vice presidential candidate made the endorsement on her Facebook page, saying Fiorina’s experience running a major corporation is sorely lacking in Washington. In the Thursday posting, Palin called Fiorina a “Commonsense Conservative” who has the potential to beat “liberal” Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in November. Fiorina — an adviser on the McCain-Palin ticket in 2008 — got the endorsement over former congressman Tom Campbell, who is leading in most polls,
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Karl Rove leads GOP plot to regain power

The Republican Party’s best-connected political operatives have quietly built a massive fundraising, organizing and advertising machine based on the model assembled by Democrats early in the decade, and with the same ambitious goal — to recapture Congress and the White House. The new groups could give Republicans and their allies a powerful campaign apparatus separate from the Republican National Committee. Karl Rove, political architect of the Bush presidency, and Ed Gillespie, former Republican Party chairman, are the most prominent forces behind what is, in effect, a network of five overlapping groups, three of which were started in the past few
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Voter anger didn’t make it to the polls

It turned out anger didn’t translate at the ballot box. Voters in North Carolina and Ohio kept their incumbents while those in Indiana turned to an old Capitol Hill hand — Republican Dan Coats — in Tuesday’s primaries despite the nation’s bottom-of-the-barrel support for Congress and frustration with the Washington establishment. Coats, who was recruited by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, will face Democrat Brad Ellsworth, whose nomination is assured. The candidates are seeking the seat held by retiring Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh. Coats, 66, retired from the Senate in 1998, has worked as a lobbyist and was U.S. ambassador
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Voter anger highlights primary elections

A rising tide of voter anger has produced serious primary challenges in both parties this year, with Republicans facing a political revolt that could sweep away powerful U.S. incumbents like Senator John McCain. As the long primary season begins in earnest on Tuesday, establishment Republican candidates face at least a half-dozen strong challenges in party contests to pick the candidates for November’s midterm election. Three crucial Republican showdowns in May could provide a test of the strength and staying power of the conservative Tea Party — loosely organized activists who have rallied to demand lower taxes, reduced spending and more
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Will Christ’s defection help Democrats?

The Republican infighting over Florida’s Senate seat that drove Gov. Charlie Crist to ditch the GOP is giving an underdog Democrat a realistic shot at pulling off an upset in the fall. Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek, who appeared headed to a lopsided loss in November, suddenly looks like a plausible contender to snatch away victory as Crist’s decision to run as an independent sets up a three-way race that could split Republicans between the governor and Republican favorite Marco Rubio. Democrats welcomed Crist’s announcement as the fallout from a “corrosive civil war” in the Republican Party. Meek, a 43-year-old congressman
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