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Advice for philandering politicians

Really, there should be a template for politicians who hold press conferences to confess to sexual dalliances.

We've run the gamut from former President Clinton's defiant "I-did-not-have-sex-with-that-woman" mantra in the Roosevelt Room of the White House and belabored parsing of "it depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is" to South Carolina Republican Gov. Mark Sanford's weird "I-spent-the-last-five-days-of-my-life-crying-in-Argentina" confession in the Columbia state capitol.

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Mark Sanford’s real screwup

And another one bites the dust -- a promising Republican, that is. Except it turns out this one, the governor of South Carolina wasn't so promising after all. In fact, Mark Sanford, the strongly religious wayfaring social conservative, was more interested in knowing a woman in the biblical sense than he was in dealing with the affairs of his state.

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A plethora of philandering politicians

What is it with philandering politicians?

Why do men in power — the ones on pedestals — think they are above us and can get away with cheating on their spouses, particularly when media scrutiny is so intense and peccadilloes are arguably more politically damaging?

There's a long list of those who thought they could jet off to Argentina, or cruise on the Monkey Business, or check into a hotel under an assumed name or use an escort service and never get caught, never have to come clean.

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Setting the stage for a Republican comeback

As absurd as it sounds, Republicans could be poised for a comeback by the mid-term elections of 2010.

Helped by Democratic arrogance and signs that President Barack Obama's popularity may be slipping as Americans get a closer look at the real cost of his all-government, all-the-time ideas of chance, the GOP could become the lesser of two evils in the minds of voters by the time voters get another chance to voice their displeasure at how things are going in Washington.

Far-fetched? Yes. Impossible? Not really.

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Democrats to GOP: Screw you on health care

Democrats, sensing a defining political issue that could help them solidify their hold on national government, may abandon efforts to try and work out a deal with Republicans on a national health care plan.

Polls show most Americans want something done about the rising cost of health care and the inability of many to obtain insurance and if that means nationalizing the medical system, then so be it.

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Republicans call Obama ‘timid’ on Iran

Republican say President Barack Obama is "too timid" in his response to the growing unrest in Iran following disputed elections.

That's a politically-correct way of saying the President is a coward.

As the loyal opposition, Republicans are expected to oppose whatever action the President takes. If Obama were threatening to nuke Tehran, Republicans would be calling is actions "risky."

In other words, he can't win when it comes to pleasing the party of the elephant.

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Are Republicans dumping the Reagan legacy?

Now here's a twist: President Barack Obama often refers to former President Ronald Reagan in glowing terms while Republicans seem to be backing away from the man who used to be the symbol of the modern GOP.

The Reagan mystique sure ain't what it used to be -- at least when you listen to some Republican leaders.

Is this a case or reality overriding myth or simply practical politics of discarding a canard that no longer works.

Good question.

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GOP turns to buzz words to taunt Dems

Republicans are lining up behind a pointed political attack line: President Barack Obama is nationalizing American industry and socializing medicine.

Drawing on the government's ownership stakes in auto giants, insurance companies and banks — and the billions of tax dollars at risk — the GOP is trying to develop wedge issues in the national debate over how to repair the economy and expand health insurance.

It's a strategy they hope will pay off in campaigns for Congress next year and, in the process, help rein in Obama's outsized influence.

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Country lawyer whips Washington insider

A state senator and small-town lawyer pulled off a surprising win in Virginia's Democratic primary for governor, besting a former legislative colleague and the well-funded Terry McAuliffe, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Tuesday's victory by Democrat Creigh Deeds sets up a rematch this fall with Republican Bob McDonnell.

Deeds lost to McDonnell in the race for attorney general four years ago by only 323 votes out of almost 2 million cast — the closest race in modern Virginia history.

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Honoring a lobbyist?

Lawmakers rarely shine a positive spotlight on lobbyists, much less publicly toast them and rave about their style on Capitol Hill.

But they did just that on Tuesday night for consumer advocate Joan Claybrook, who retired earlier this year as the head of the watchdog group Public Citizen. The organization held a dinner event in honor of her 27-year leadership.

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