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So, how does this work? How does the man announced just three-plus months ago as the Chairman of Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign in North Carolina endorse Mitt Romney?

I mean talk about loyalty. You’d think the guy would have the decency to at least wait a couple of weeks until after his man is waxed in the primary.

Man, ol’ Newt must really inspire a lot of passionate devotion and commitment in his followers. 

 

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Our good friends at the nationally acclaimed polling firm, Public Policy Polling generated a lot of national headlines today when they reported that a huge chunk of Republican voters in Mississippi and Alabama (Surprise!!)  have some pretty distorted views of reality.

“In Mississippi only 12% of voters think Obama’s a Christian to 52% who think he’s a Muslim and 36% who are not sure. In Alabama just 14% think Obama’s a Christian to 45% who think he’s a Muslim and 41% who aren’t sure.”

Of course, if you think about it, this all makes a lot of sense. After all, the President’s name obviously sounds downright Mooslim, er ah, Muslim, right? In the words of George Cleveland, “I mean come on. Give me a break!”

Not surprisingly, however, it appears that Deep South voters continue to be thrown off by the names of other major candidates as well. According to a recent, less-well-reported poll result, more than two-thirds of Alabama and Mississippi Republicans also think that:

  • Newt Gingrich is a rare South American salamander. 
  • Rick Santorum is the name of the Albanian parliament.
  • Ron Paul is a famous guitar inventor.
  • Mitt Romney is the back-up catcher for the Atlanta Braves.
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I don’t spend a lot of time trolling Fox Noise (er, ah, News) and missed this when it came out last week, so pardon me if you’ve already seen it. For those who haven’t yet had the pleasure, however, this commentary clearly is the dumbest in a long line of certifiably loony takes from the Murdochians.

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About each other, that is.

In case you missed it the other day, John Nichols of The Nation had one of the most insightful takes on the latest developments in the GOP presidential primary battle. In it, he quotes thus far unsuccessful GOP candidate Buddy Roemer’s to-the-point tweet:

 “The two frontrunners: A lobbyist and corporate shill. Why are they on top? They have the most $$. We can do better”

 

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There’s always something very amusing about supposedly connected politcos who attempt to sign up with the campaigns of front-running presidential candidates only to find that the train has run out of steam just as they climb aboard. Remember Al Gore endorsing Howard Dean eight years ago this month?

It’s hard not to chuckle as veteran politicans attempt to grab for the glory by bestowing “endorsements” that turn out to be worth absolutely nothing.  This is especially true when it’s clear that the endorsers really don’t give two hoots about the substance of what the endorsed candidate is saying and are obviously just trying to pick a winner and cash in politcally.  

It seems pretty clear that we’re getting to witness just such an occurrence here in North Carolina during the current campaign cycle with the recent endorsement Read More