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.
Photo from WisPolitics.com via flickr.