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The Vichy Republicans: Striving for mediocrity ...

The New York Times’s venomous and possibly deranged Frank Rich, who associated Sarah Palin with terrorism in his Sunday column this week, borrows from his previous archrival George Will in the claim that the White She Devil is a critter from hell and anyway, she will never be elected.

While Letterman is suddenly hugging up to Mitt Romney as his alter ego in L.A., Jay Leno restarts again on a positive note with a visit by the White She Devil, the Wolf Girl Incarnate, the Slayer, the former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin. But what is most telling comes up in Texas in the middle, where the Romney team, including Cheney, H.R. Bush, Boy George’s proxy Karen Hughes and Karl Rove, has lined up to take out Perry in his primary race against Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. White She Devil supports Perry.


Politics: The reason to reason

Why is it that they are so easily scorned and so effectively intimidated? Why is it that the common-sense wishes of the vast majorities of Americans are always suppressed as they trudge the middle of the road, drowned out by the noisy bombs fired from the political fringes?

As the man in "The Graduate" said to Dustin Hoffman's character, "I've got one word for you." Except, unlike the movie, it's not "plastic," although that still would describe a lot of our leaders.


CPAC — Not good news for Mitt Romney, not bad news for Scott Brown

There are two measures of current conservative taste and popularity. The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) poll indicates professional opinion and should measure abilities of the candidates as they are judged by professionals. The second is the NASCAR track, the Baptist church and the popularity of the candidates in the heartland for whatever reason. Mitt Romney, who won the last three CPAC polls, lost by a good margin this year to Ron Paul, the conservative libertarian who offers Austrian economics. This is bad news for Mitt Romney.


Ron Paul wins huge victory in conservative straw poll

This is a shocker. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) wins the straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in D.C.

For Paul, this is huge, a major boost if indeed he wants to run for president. Though glasses of champagne will not be clinking at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington!

For conservatives, this creates a potential 2010 primary donnybrook if Paul chooses to run.



A correction to my previous post is in order, and I only wish it had come more quickly than this.

Sarah Palin is not being paid to speak at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference from April 8-10 in New Orleans. I sincerely regret the error.


To tea, or not to tea? That is the question

Note: A correction for this post was made by the author at 4:40 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20. — Ed.

Sarah Palin had a big day Thursday. She didn't mean to. But as she was notably absent from the big event in the Republican universe, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) here in Washington, questions about her political viability landed in four significant places in the Lamestream Media (as Palin likes to call it).

Palin skipped CPAC but will speak for another $100,000 fee at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans on April 8. Despite her absence from CPAC — the mother of all conservative gatherings that this year participants are calling their own "Woodstock" — she will be included in a presidential straw poll conducted at CPAC each year. Results will be tallied Saturday evening, and despite the fact that Mitt Romney has won it each year since 2007, you never know; maybe Palin takes the prize.


Offense or defense?

The first time I went to CPAC was in the mid-’90s. I worked for Tom DeLay at the time, and DeLay was completely in his element.

CPAC is a trade show for conservative activists. It is a place where Ann Coulter books sell like hotcakes. You can find big booths for the National Rifle Association, pro-life groups and any other libertarian and very conservative group.


Politicians dropping the ball

Have you ever watched a football game where the two sides continuously fumble and throw interceptions and blow their opportunities by repeatedly turning over to each other?

Have you ever sat through nine innings of inept baseball where both teams combine bad pitching and fielding errors to hand the lead back and forth?


Contempt of Congress: America wants to throw the bums out

While the Republican hack wing of the Tea Party movement thinks it is smart, Republicans in Congress are in for a rude awakening, because huge numbers of the American people hold them in contempt. While the Democratic partisans may think public relations will strengthen their position, Democrats in Congress are in for a rude awakening because the American people hold them in contempt, too.