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Morning Mix: Walker Calls In Sick, Ron Paul Maybe Won Maine

Morning Mix: Walker Calls In Sick, Ron Paul Maybe Won Maine

Another day, another batch of weird news associated with Republicans.

First was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker calling in sick to the President. Walker had been scheduled to tour local Master Lock factory where the President was set to speak in the afternoon. Walker came down with a bout of the stomach flu which I’m sure had nothing to do with the union-friendly location, his own recall campaign and the President’s popularity on economic issues.

Then this happened. Apparently Dave Mustain of Megadeth fame is handing out political endorsements. Who does the new metal frontman support? Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. Of course.

It pains me to write this, but I think Ron Paul is on to something here. Dave Weigel has an interview with the Maine Republican party official who makes the case that Ron Paul won the caucus. A Paul win in Maine makes a lot more sense to me than a Romney win, but it’s not likely Republicans are going to want this story talked about at all since they have enough on their hands with Santorum and the Bishops. More on that in a minute.

Back to Ron Paul. I think Maine Republicans, like Iowa and Nevada need to explain why they can’t seem to run an election without allegations of fraud. I still loathe Paul’s platform, but our elections need to be clean and they need to be transparent if there’s any hope for legitimacy regardless the party and regardless the election.

Or those states could just hold primaries which are by design more transparent than a caucus.

Speaking of things that lack transparency, the Catholic Bishops have decided to go all in with the 2012 election. They’ve joined forces with other evangelicals to launch a massive political and public relations campaign pushing their anti-civil rights religious free-exercise agenda.

I wonder if Rick Santorum stands to be the beneficiary of this massive pr-push by the religious right? Polls have him leading Romney in Michigan and Ohio while former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich maintains a healthy lead over both in Georgia. So Romney has the most delegates but in the next three state primaries he’s not projected to win a single one?

No wonder Gov. Scott Walker called in sick. The Republicans are a mess.

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9:37AM PST on Feb 26, 2012

I don't know why these far right republicans get any attention. And I definitely can't understand the rational for printing their illogical thinking in newspapers. They aren't worthy.

Ron Paul is the only republican worthy for the office of president. His ONE Fault: HE IS Not Pro-Choice! I can't follow him :(

12:35AM PST on Feb 22, 2012

Scott Stalker is sick in the head. And to think that there are people who endorse him to keep getting sicker. I would like to vote for him to have the stiffest jacket in the bounciest room.

1:56PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

I cannot believe ANYONE would choose to end American civil rights.
The "church" wouldn't have this kind of money to give if they were taxed, like everybody else.

11:33PM PST on Feb 19, 2012

"I'm not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue," he vowed, promising an end to the Bush administration's high-profile raids on providers of medical pot, which is legal in 16 states and the District of Columbia.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/obamas-war-on-pot-20120216#ixzz1muBJYcp1

2:37PM PST on Feb 19, 2012

@ Charli S.

"I'd vote for Ron if he didn't support the anti-choice stance. I won't elect a person because of one issue but I will most certainly not vote for someone because of 1 issue."

Ron Paul is personally pro life but he is is also upholds the constitution.
"Ron Paul believes that the ninth and tenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution do not grant the federal government any authority to legalize or ban abortion. Instead, it is up to the individual states to prohibit abortion."
http://www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/abortion/

1:40PM PST on Feb 19, 2012

If Walker really had stomach flu, I hope he was miserable. His stomach should feel like the stomachs of the state employees do daily for dealing with his stubborness and foolish ideas.

2:23AM PST on Feb 19, 2012

I am interested, along with Pieklo, in the problems with Republican elections. I am beginning to wonder if their obsession with voter fraud does not really have something to do with projection.

7:00AM PST on Feb 18, 2012

Pieklo's commentary was like a fart in a skillet; all over the place. stick to one thing because the responses also are all over the place.

5:27PM PST on Feb 17, 2012

"He really needed to improve his skills and get a better job, then. It's not my fault he didn't."

How are you supposed to "improve your skills and get a better job"--when all those jobs have been shipped overseas?

BTW, my original comment started: "Jeffrey W.--BOTH Bush and Obama "inherited a recession"? What a selective memory you have--the first Bush tax cuts were because of the SURPLUS left by the Clinton administration--according to Mr. Bush, "The American people want their money back."

I notice you never responded to that one.

3:54PM PST on Feb 17, 2012

All the confusion over the GOP primaries makes me very nervous about what will happen in swing states this November. Some of this really looks like vote stealing.

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