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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

and into the home stretch it is SANTORUM!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

I resolve to lie, cheat and steal, eat and drink more, procrastinate, and as usual, ignore my resolutions.

If Rick Santorum finishes in the top three in the Iowa caucuses, and it looks like he will, it will be because Bob Vander Plaats and Chuck Hurley have endorsed him. He had been running below the "Mendoza Line," for months until that endorsement.

Their endorsement was just about the last nail in the coffin for Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry, for they appeal to many of the same likely caucus goers as Santorum. My state senator, Kent Sorenson, (wanna trade?) saw the handwriting on the wall and at the 11th hour abandoned Bachmann's campaign to jump on Ron Paul's bandwagon. Bachmann says he did it for big money, which Sorenson denies. I will believe Bachmann over Sorenson, who makes the proverbial rat fleeing a sinking ship look noble.

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The Mendoza Line is a baseball expression indicating the threshold of hitting incompetence. That cutoff point is usually thought of as a batting average of .200. Mario Mendoza, a native of Mexico, was an outstanding major league shortstop for nine years but often hit below two hundred.

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One by one, other candidate's Achilles heels have been cruelly exposed. They are damaged goods. The arguments against Mitt Romney are less specific, less damaging and are no different than they were four years ago. Romney is the best candidate to successfully challenge President Obama.

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If you are still undecided about which candidate to support, don't go to your caucus. After months of debates, oodles of press coverage, and the opportunity to get up close and personal with each candidate, you will learn nothing more tonight. You wouldn't want to make a choice based simply on who speaks eloquently for a candidate, now would you?

Ron Paul, defender of the Constitution, ignores the changes since that great document was signed. Great, however it needs occasional updating to keep up with the huge changes in our lives. There was no way the framers could have addressed how to deal with issues such as automatic weapons, illegal drugs, and freedom of speech extending to flag burning, Twitter, etc.

Not to alter and interpret the Constitution would have ignored women's suffrage and slavery, among other topics. The ineffective libertarian Congressman Paul is the Ralph Nader of the Republican Party. In Sioux Center, Paul said he might not support his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.

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Ron Paul and Rick Perry have way too much money! My mailbox, and my eyes and ears are full of their Texas BS. Paul has three really good ideas, but three out of a hundred isn't good. He makes a good congressman, although he has not been very effective. That sounds contradictory but every elected body of more than three should have a Paul. No matter how outrageous their politics are, every elected body should have contrarians like Paul, Steve King or Michelle Bachmann. They keep the majority on their toes. Perry is young enough to mend his ways -- at 76, Paul is not.

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Latinos disapprove, by a margin of more than two-to-one, of the way the Obama administration is handling deportations of unauthorized immigrants. That is according to a new national survey of Latino adults by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center. The survey also reveals (or contradicts) that heading into the 2012 presidential campaign Obama and the Democratic Party continue to enjoy strong support from Latino registered voters, despite a decline in Obama's job approval rating.

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Here is a fact you haven't heard from the Republican Presidential hopefuls - the Obama administration has stepped up deportations of unauthorized immigrants. Deportations have reached record levels under President Obama, rising to an annual average of nearly 400,000 since 2009, about 30% higher than annual average during the second term of the Bush administration and about double the annual average during George W. Bush's first term. The fact that Latinos continue to strongly support Obama may indicate that they don't want the competition from illegals.

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President Obama enjoyed a brief surge in popularity a week ago. A survey released Monday showed the president had a sudden uptick in the opinion poll, with 47 percent of respondents approving of the way he was handling his job and 45 percent disapproving. It was the first time since July that more people viewed him favorably than unfavorably.

On Thursday, though, a Gallup tracking poll showed that Obama is once again underwater, plummeting to 41 percent approval and 50 percent disapproval, a sharp drop from earlier in the week.

Don Paulin, 2carpenterdon@gmail.com, 7557 30th Av, Norwalk, IA 50211 - 515-201-7236 -30-

By Don Paulin
Been There, Done That


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