Morning Mix: Vegas Votes and Ari Fleischer Helped Drive Komen Decision
Today is the Nevada caucus and all indications are former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney should win the state handily. The state has the second largest Mormon population outside of Utah and in 2008 he carried 94% of their votes. But since it’s a caucus and not a primary it means Rep. Ron Paul has an edge here. Nevada’s foundation is gambling, gold and guns, so of course he’s popular here. Plus, Paul has an impressive ground game in every caucus state, so there’s no reason to think a strong second place showing is out of the question for Paul.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich may have a campaign in another state of implosion, but that wont stop him from dumping millions of dollars in anti-Romney ads.
Meanwhile former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorm fell 24 signatures short to qualify for the Indiana ballot and has vowed to challenge the decision. The Indiana primary isn’t until May, so this may be the ultimate exercise in tilting at windmills yet.
But the news isn’t all bad for Santorum. He managed to pick up the endorsement of fellow culture-warrior Phyllis Schlafly’s endorsement, further proving that with true conservatives Gingrich just doesn’t cut it.
Another conservative Democrat announced retirement, proving that this country is nowhere near coming to some sort of moderate middle. Rep. Heath Shuler (D. N.C.) fell victim to congressional redistricting that made his western North Carolina district much more difficult for a Democrat to win. The real question is whether or not Shuler’s seat flipping Republican would really matter since he voted with the GOP nearly all the time anyways.
No way this will be awkward: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) announced he’ll be meeting with federal prosecutors personally in connection with the John Doe criminal investigation surrounding his campaign and staff. The investigation has so far led to charges against four aides or appointees from Walker’s time as Milwaukee County Executive.
Finally, Komen just can’t wash the stink off it, can it? Now comes news that former press secretary for George W. Bush Ari Fleischer helped guide the Komen Foundation’s disastrous Planned Parenthood strategy. Fleischer personally interviewed candidates for the job currently held by Karen Handel and drilled interested candidates on how they would handle the controversy about Komen’s relationship with Planned Parenthood. Well that explains a lot, doesn’t it.
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