Rewriting history in real time

Memories are always selective in politics. Candidates concentrate on what makes them look best and forget those embarrassing little moments that put them in a bad light.

Call it rewriting history in real time. Call it selective omission. Call it outright lying. They all do it.

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Republicans and abortion

Wife-beating is out (let's hope), but wife-blaming is in — in some circles, that is. Consider GOP presidential-nomination front-runner Mitt Romney's move last week, blaming his wife for writing a check to pro-choice women's health provider Planned Parenthood. C'mon, Mitt.

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Falwell was a political powerhouse

The Rev. Jerry Falwell died at 73, having founded a Southern Baptist mega-church, one of the first of its kind, and a respected university, brought Christian evangelicals into mainstream politics and helped engineer the Reagan presidency. His penchant for truly outrageous statements — and just as quickly apologizing — often obscured his accomplishments.

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Memo to Fred Thompson: Put up or shut up

In 1952, a noted editor wrote that Dwight Eisenhower was running for president "like a dry creek." His wry observation was credited with kick-starting what until then had been a non-campaign, with the famous general mainly content to rest on the laurels of a brilliant military career.

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Fixing the Republican funk

The $64,000 political question is what, if anything, will energize the Republican Party?

An undercurrent attitude is taking hold that it's inevitable that the White House in 2008 will follow the Congress and fall into the hands of the Democratic Party.

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Another (yawn) GOP debate

Under pressure from their rivals, the leading Republican presidential contenders defended their conservative credentials on abortion, gun control and tax cuts in a feisty debate Tuesday night.

"Republicans should be uniting" to defeat the Democrats, implored former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, rather than stressing their differences with one another.

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Religious leader Jerry Falwell dead at 73

Rev. Jerry Falwell
  Rev. Jerry Falwell (AP)

The Rev. Jerry Falwell, who founded the Moral Majority and built the religious right into a political force, died Tuesday shortly after being found unconscious in his office at Liberty University, a school executive said. He was 73.

Ron Godwin, the university's executive vice president, said Falwell, 73, was found unresponsive around 10:45 a.m. and taken to Lynchburg General Hospital. "CPR efforts were unsuccessful," he said.

Godwin said he was not sure what caused the collapse, but he said Falwell "has a history of heart challenges."

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Rudy’s potential conflicts of interest

Energy companies, FBI agents, a media tycoon and even a candlemaker: Rudy Giuliani's firm has lobbied for them all and dozens more in Washington, opening the door to a wide range of potential conflicts of interest should he become president.

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Romney: America ready for a Mormon President

Mitt Romney and wife
Mitt Romney & wife (AP)

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he also is troubled by the Mormon church's past practice of polygamy, but that he can overcome voter concern about his religion.

"What's at the heart of my faith is a belief that there's a creator, that we're all children of the same God and that fundamentally the relationship you have with your spouse is important and eternal," he said Sunday on CBS' "60 minutes."

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McCain admits Bush hurts GOP

John McCain (AP)
Sen. John McCain (AP)

John McCain wants it both ways.

The Arizona Senator and Presidential candidate admits President George W. Bush's low poll numbers hurt the Republican Party but still believes he can run for President on a platform of unqualified support for the unpopular Iraq war.

In doing so, he appears oblivious to poll numbers that show his own Presidential numbers heading south.

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