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Rand Paul: Get unreal

Will someone please tell me why there is so much attention paid to the newly announced scientific development, where researchers, using computers, were able to create synthetic life? What's the big deal? We've had synthetic life in Washington, like, forever.

How real could it be here when we find out some of our senators have never used an ATM? Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) for one, told the Omaha World Herald this week, "It's true, I don't know how to use one.” He isn't great at withdrawing his own money, in other words, just spending ours.

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Tuesday's lessons

On Tuesday morning, as polling places opened in Kentucky, Arkansas and Pennsylvania, Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), now in charge of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told me: "This is unlike anything I have ever seen."
 
Hours later, as expected, a volatile electorate would show its hand. And as expected, Rand Paul would beat Trey Grayon in the GOP Senate primary in Kentucky in a drubbing, Sen. Blanche Lincoln would limp to a plurality — forcing a runoff — in her three-way race in Arkansas, and Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) would see his more than 30-year Senate career die in the rain when Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) won their primary going away. 

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Rand Paul and the winged monkeys: Palin 5, Republican Establishment 0

Just as the winged monkeys descended from the huge UFO that hovers over Washington to slander and disgrace Sarah Palin when John McCain selected her for VP, MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow insinuates that Tea Party activist Rand Paul is a racist and an extremist in his first TV interview.

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We got them just where we want them

“We got them just where we want them.”

That was my initial sardonic reaction to the fact that Republicans lost a not very close race in the 12th district of Pennsylvania.

It is hard to spin this loss as anything more than a setback for the GOP.

The only thing I can really come up with is that it may make the Democrats overconfident about their prospects in November. And there is some evidence that the majority party is letting its guard down a bit.

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Primary follies

So many questions: Will Arlen Specter switch back to the Republicans? Will this setback cramp his style when it comes to asking really inane questions this summer at the Judiciary Committee hearings for the season's Supreme Court nominee? I guarantee you, we're going to miss his loopy musing.

Moving right along: Does Super Tuesday winner Rand Paul show up as an "R" for Republican or a "T" in November's Kentucky Derby? Does he now plan to kiss the hand of godfather Mitch McConnell or continue to tell McConnell just what it is he can kiss?

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Skunk at the garden party

Rand Paul’s election may very well mean the beginning of the end of the neo-conservative movement in the Republican Party. It also might mark the beginning of the end of the social-conservative wing of the Republican Party.

During the nomination process of the presidential election two years ago, I wrote about the impact of the Ron Paul insurgency and its potential impact. Paul was a fundraising sensation and he had a cadre of committed followers who believed profoundly that the federal government had grown too big, had become too intrusive, had gone to war for all the wrong reasons and was too involved in the daily lives of the American people.

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Benefiting from your opponent's errors

A.B. Stoddard answers viewer questions about several special elections and considering two new political scandals as well as the administration's approach to implementing the healthcare reform bill.

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Nikki Haley, Sarah Palin and Jenny Sanford: The Three Sisters awaken

They were there at Arthur’s death and at the beginning of Siegfried’s ride; the Three Sisters are harbingers of mythic beginnings and endings, calling from native hills and rivers. So the arrival of Jenny Sanford in the morning and Sarah Palin in the evening to support Nikki Haley in the South Carolina governor’s race is most auspicious.

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Let Greeks be Greeks, Italians Italians — and an Italian Pope, please

Robert Samuelson, the economist at The Washington Post, has a good column today about the decline of the welfare state, citing Greece, and making the obvious suggestion that we face the same circumstances, simply calling welfare, “entitlements.” Samuelson seems to have been ahead of the pack right along. Earlier on he advised economists to study history. No doubt he is right this time too. But I’m sensing globalization is taking a hit as well. And opposition, which this last century and a half wore the mask of internationalism, may this time find the human face of regionalism. This “new regionalism” might even be called — to coin a phrase — federalism.

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Assault on the primary system

In the early 20th century, in an effort to return power to the people, progressive politicians like Robert La Follette pushed hard to reform the political system by insisting that states use a primary process.

Primary elections would take power away from local power barons and give it to the people, who would then be responsible for nominating candidates to stand for election.

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