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Morning Mix: Mitt’s Comeback, Santorum Not Sure About Separation of Church and State

Morning Mix: Mitt’s Comeback, Santorum Not Sure About Separation of Church and State

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney may have some life to that campaign after all. Romney managed to snag Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s (R) endorsement and regained the lead from former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in the latest Gallup poll. He’s also pulled back ahead in Michigan and is keeping things competitive in Arizona.

The pressure has to be getting to Santorum. He’s gone on the offensive drawing attention to the budding friendship between Romney and Rep. Ron Paul (TX), accusing the two of collaborating against him and even coordinating a Romney/Paul ticket.

For his part Paul laughed off Santorum’s claims noting the two don’t really agree on much. Except, of course, they do agree on quite a bit. Their positions on abortion, gay rights, immigration, labor laws and regulatory oversight are practically identical and really the only true places Paul veers away from Romney are on the gold standard and foreign policy.

But if Romney needs to patchwork a coalition in order to secure the nomination and the Christian conservatives have made it clear they’ll never vote for Romney, Paul with his third-place stash of delegates is Romney’s only choice. Of course there is collaboration, but whining about it doesn’t seem very presidential, which is more likely the reason the Paul and Romney camps are chuckling at this story–because Santorum is doing their work for them.

But why would christian conservatives vote for anyone other than Santorum when, on ABC’s This Week he said “I don’t believe in an America where the separation of Church and state is absolute”? Romney will never top that.

While on the topic of Christian crusades, Get ready for the contraception battle to gear back up. In anticipation of congressional debate over the Obama administration contraception rule Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) took the lead letting everyone know eradicating access to birth control is not about women, or women’s health, but about religious freedom. Of course. Religious freedom to subjugate women which your church may tolerate but our democracy does not.

Everybody else clear on the Santorum vision of the separation of church and state? Okay, let’s keep it handy for this next item. Mike Huckabee started chumming the waters for a 2016 run, which shows the following: Republicans have no faith they can win in 2012 and 2016 is going to be a blood-bath of an election by comparison especially if we don’t get serious about campaign finance reform.Also, if we think the culture wars are hot now, just wait till the candidates include Huckabee and Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) to start. I hate to say it, but they’re just really getting started.

Finally, like Komen for the Cure, can we stop pretending NASCAR is anything other than partisan? Santorum sponsored a car in the Daytona 500 and some of Romney’s best friends own teams. We get it.

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10:31PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Yes, Eugene, I'm talking about photovoltaic film.

And here's some news from way back last August:
"Japanese breakthrough will make wind power cheaper than nuclear"
http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/blogs/japanese-breakthrough-will-make-wind-power-cheaper-than-nuclea

10:02PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

And, the byproducts of the combustion of methane, H2O and CO2, are less contributing to radiative forcing than is methane, CH4, which, if uncaptured, would end up in the atmosphere.

9:59PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Burning petroleum products is much more "polluting," in every sense of the word, than is burning methane.

9:40PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Methane is polluting. I don't know whether wind farms make sense. Some people say not. Your film is photovoltaic?

9:18PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Eugene, we are getting very close to having a practical, affordable solar film that can cover the roof of a home and provide all the power the home needs. Of course, we need a way to store that energy for use at night and on gloomy days, but that's an engineering problem a lot less challenging than the solar film itself.

The Great Plains are sprouting wind farms all over the place. The vanes move slowly, so I can't imagine they'd be much threat to birds anymore, yet because of the size and gearing, they generate a lot of energy. Again, you need to store it, but that can be done.

There's progress being made on harnessing the energy of tidal movement, which is unceasing, so no storage mechanism is needed.

They're developing ways to produce automobile fuel from algae, in vats in the desert in a self-contained biosystem that doesn't pollute and uses only a little solar energy to drive it.

They're getting methane from the sewage of dairy farms, and from trash in landfills.

These are just the headlines. I'm sure there's a lot more that hasn't made the news yet.

8:43PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

What about the continued burning of hydrocarbons is realistic?

8:34PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

What alternative energy is looking realistic?

8:28PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

We have a choice: a government-run alternative energy "Manhattan project", like the one that created the atom bomb, or government underwriting of private research and development projects, many of which will fail but (hopefully) all of which will contribute valuable knowledge that others can build on.

The third alternative, doing nothing, is simply not acceptable. Research and development is urgent but expensive, and small, independent researchers need financial assistance to accomplish anything. We've left that financial assistance to private enterprises, and where has it gotten us? Only since Obama took office has alternative energy actually started to look realistic.

5:51PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Eugene said "As I've said before, it's okay for the govt to do research. Inventing the internet is not the same thing as starting a business."

Not only did no one say otherwise, but the distinction is of no material relevance here.

Very much of business owes its existence to government funded R&D.

5:47PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Lowering the price of oil solves nothing, but rather exacerbates a host of problems.

And, what would you have government do? Institute price controls?

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