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Morning Mix: Vegas Votes and Ari Fleischer Helped Drive Komen Decision

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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5:47PM PST on Feb 6, 2012

Santorum did not make it in Indiana... That seems problemmatic... it is a hugely Republican state and should have been very easy, but perhaps he has run out of steam?

11:28AM PST on Feb 5, 2012

GOP presidential candidates......Wall Street owns the entire political process and the candidates we get are the ones they choose. Romney is a shoe in.He'll probably make Gingrich his running mate. Or perhaps Santorum. Whatever the case, if these idiots get in there we lose.

As for Komen, well what can you say about GOP zealots who run charitable organizations? Ari Fleischer, one of the biggest liars in the nation is trying to pull an ACORN on Planned Parenthood. First off, Planned Parenthood doesn't use a penny of the money it gets from the federal government to perform abortions! Somehow that little tidbit never seems to be mentioned. These pro war- throw grandma off the bus- cut food stamps during a crisis-give the rich more money-right to lifers could give a flying leap about women's health or humanity in general. All they do care about is trashing what's left of the Bill of Rights and bringing us back to an age of serfdom, when the church had the power of life and death over everybody. These idiots would bring back public stonings and burn people at the stake if they had the opportunity.

9:58AM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Oh, poor Sharon R....do you believe EVERYTHING you're told?

8:08AM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Woke up this morning to the news that the Catholic hierarchy are making a stink about birth control. Seems that the Affordable Health Care Act will require Catholic hospitals and University health insurance plans too cover the cost of birth control pills, as all health plans cover. It does not require that any woman buy or use said pills. It's called Choice.

It's not bad enough that they thwart birth control for third world countries, so there are more babies and children going hungry, and without shelter. Now they insist on controlling women here.

I hope the Administration does not cave into the Bishops demands. Separation of Church and State. I was a life long Catholic until I realized how religions/churches hurt so many people. They have an agenda which is bad for women.

Between the Komen Foundation, the Catholic Church, the evangelicals, and the The tea party Republicans there is a war against women.

6:14AM PST on Feb 5, 2012

so so interesting.

2:41AM PST on Feb 5, 2012

The more this war on women escalates, the more naked it becomes. They have to show their true colors sooner or later...snakes have to crawl into the sun every once in a while to survive. Stay tuned, ladies and gents. The party which sent out bank accounts down the rabbit hole is trying to stake a claim on America's vaginas...no better way to begin than with poor women who can't fight back. The closer they get to the prize of owning the entire nation the more they'll have to slither into the sun to survive.

11:32PM PST on Feb 4, 2012

Thanks for the update.

10:00PM PST on Feb 4, 2012

I am sick to death of people thinking that just because you are Mormon you will vote for Mitt. I am Morman and I as well as man hate Mitt. The only problem again, is that we are ending up with the lesser of two evils. I'm sick of all the dishonest politicians and I'm sick of hearing that Mitt is a Morman. Personally, I don't want to claim him, but he's better than NEWT.

9:32PM PST on Feb 4, 2012

I was pretty underwhelmed by their announcement that they would continue funding for PP this year. Note, nothing was said about next year. They are going to need a pretty good PR person to wash off this stink.

9:17PM PST on Feb 4, 2012

Anne B. If your sensibilities are offended by our political discussions, I have a suggestion for you. My Granddaughter has some very fine fairy tale books that I really enjoy reading too her in the afternoon. She just loves them. They might soothe your nerves.

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