Morning Mix: Ron Paul, Racist or Cynic?
Another day, another poll showing Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leading in Florida, despite taking some hits from both former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on everything from the Massachusetts health care law to tax returns.
Romney was also taking hits from Democrats who pounced on his ties to Medicare fraud allegations while at Bain Capital. This is either going to make Romney really toughened up for the general election or a crumpled shell of a candidate with all the heat he’s been under lately.
Texas Rep. Ron Paul on the other hand is pretty much skipping Florida, focusing instead on Maine. It’s probably a good thing to since most of the campaign media is focused on the Romney/Gingrich battle instead of reporting how Paul totally knew about all the racist and homophobic garbage peddled in his newsletters. In fact, he signed off on it all leaving the real question of whether he’s a racist or just another cynical politician looking to expand his base.
In news not-directly related to the campaign, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she is looking forward to life outside of politics. Clinton said she does not plan to serve in a second Obama administration but would stay on until the president would be able to nominate her replacement. Clinton’s tenure at the State Department has been a smashing success and this country is well served with her in office. While I don’t think this is the last we will have heard from Clinton, it is always bittersweet to see such amazing female leadership transition into life outside of public service.
2012 is shaping up to be the year when infrastructure and the environment finally get some real attention. The Obama administration made news with a major re-write of forest policy while Speaker of the House John Boehner made it clear Republicans will try and attach domestic drilling to infrastructure spending. So that will be fun.
Most importantly, a hearty congratulations to Care2 blogger extraordinaire Robin Marty and her husband Steve, daughter Violet and son Sebastian as they welcomed little Howie to their family yesterday. Our best wishes to the Marty family and we look forward to Robin’s sharp eye and analysis returning soon!
Photo from Gage Skidmore via flickr.