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January 27, 2011

THURSDAY'S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP.... Today's installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:

* Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is trying to gut measures approved by voters last year, requiring nonpartisan, post-Census redistricting. This is what happens when criminals are elected to run states.

* Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams formally launched his Senate campaign this morning, hoping to succeed Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) who is retiring at the end of her term next year. He'll be part of a very crowded primary.

* Things didn't go too well for Mitt Romney in Iowa three years ago, and in the upcoming presidential race, the former moderate-turned-conservative governor might just skip the first caucuses altogether.

* Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), arguably the Senate's most right-wing member, insisted yesterday that he's not interested in running for president. He then boarded a plane bound for Iowa.

* In case it wasn't obvious enough before, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) conceded yesterday that he's "seriously thinking" about running for president. You don't say.

* With Rep. Chris Murphy (D) running for the Senate in Connecticut, the race to replace him in the 5th district is starting to take shape. Three Republicans, including the former State Sen. Sam Caligiuri who lost last year, are poised to enter the race.

* Any chance former Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.), who suffered an unexpected defeat in 2010, might seek a rematch in 2012? Apparently not.

* Remember Sharron Angle? The failed, cringe-worthy Senate candidate in Nevada last year? She was in Iowa yesterday, and hedged about whether she might run for president of the United States: "I'll just say I have lots of options for the future, and I'm investigating all my options." Whatever you say, Sharron.

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A thought occurred to me yesterday that the same people crying that it's unconstitutional to force people to buy private insurance are the same people who want to privatize Social Security and force me into that or eliminate the Department of Education and give me vouchers to send my children to private institutions.

Posted by: doubtful on January 27, 2011 at 12:05 PM | PERMALINK

What Governor Scott is doing in Florida seems like a reasonable approach to assuring that the republican dominated state government gets to redraw electoral districts so that they can increase their domination of Florida politics.

As always, we republicans are ALWAYS WILLING TO PLAY BY THE RULES as long as we get to set the rules.

Posted by: RepublicanPointOfView on January 27, 2011 at 12:17 PM | PERMALINK

Sharon Angle in 2012! Yes!H.L. Mencken would be so happy.

Posted by: edr on January 27, 2011 at 12:20 PM | PERMALINK

Jefferson was not, in his letters, for private schools but for public ones although it was a 'Left Behind' system.

Mr. Jefferson was revising the Virginia Statutes in 1797, he drew up a comprehensive plan for public education. Each ward should have a primary school for the three R's, open to all. Each year the best pupil in each school should be sent to the grade-school, of which there were to be twenty, conveniently situated in various parts of the state. They should be kept there one year or two years, according to results shown, and then all dismissed but one, who should be continued six years. "By this means," said the good old man, "twenty of the best geniuses will be raked from the rubbish annually"
Posted by: Kill Bill on January 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM | PERMALINK

Angle for president.

Thats never going to happen.

Posted by: Kill Bill on January 27, 2011 at 12:33 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder if she's including her 2nd amendment option!

Posted by: Fred on January 27, 2011 at 12:40 PM | PERMALINK

Just back from shopping in Greensboro, NC where I was confronted by a huge photo of Mike Huckabee - he will be there on the first Sunday in March for a book signing to promote his new book. I'm seriously thinking of attending and wearing my Obama T Shirt. He will be at Costcos (we have a lot of really really nice black employees there!

Posted by: js on January 27, 2011 at 1:25 PM | PERMALINK

I think we're beginning to realize a strange fad: right wing kooks running for President as a source of income. Really it's just a media career move for creatures like Palin, Bachmann, Angle and Gingrich. They're not running for President, they're lining their pockets.

Posted by: SaintZak on January 27, 2011 at 1:53 PM | PERMALINK

Your smear of Rick Scott is out of line. You obviously don't know the first thing about him.

Posted by: facts for "journalists" on January 27, 2011 at 2:30 PM | PERMALINK

I think Iowa and New Hampshire are just the new vacation spots. I would love to see SharonAngle.com run for President and have to debate!!

Posted by: shanti2 on January 27, 2011 at 3:07 PM | PERMALINK

The Florida geezers who turned out in droves for Rick Scott are now going to get the medicine they deserve for being uninformed or misinformed, a Medicare crook.

Posted by: max on January 27, 2011 at 3:26 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe Angle, Palin and Bachmann will run as a single person? Say, something like "Palbangle"? Between them, they ought to be able to scramble up enough IQ points to make one decent brain, no?

Posted by: exlibra on January 27, 2011 at 5:57 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe they, in iowa, will find a cage to put DeMint in, for impersonating a humanoid type.

Posted by: Ted76 on January 27, 2011 at 6:45 PM | PERMALINK

In case it wasn't obvious enough before, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) conceded yesterday that he's "seriously thinking" about running for president. You don't say.

Cool. Boss Hogg goes to the White House. It would certainly confirm the Republican Party as the Unreconstructed Confederate Traitors White Supremacy Party.

Posted by: TCinLA on January 28, 2011 at 12:31 AM | PERMALINK



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