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cnn27f-1-webJust like We watch NASCAR for the wrecks and Hockey for the fights, so too will America have a strange fascination with CNN’s revival of the old “Crossfire” political debate show, but this time, I think they struck TV gold! The show has 4 co-hosts, 2 of which are Van Jones and Newt Gingrich.  Names and political ideologies which immediately caught my attention as soon as I saw they were involved with the show.

CNN states …

Crossfire,” the long-running political debate show that aired on CNN from 1982-2005, is getting a reboot, the news network announced Wednesday. Four new hosts – two on the left, and two on the right – will debut the program this fall.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who made a bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, will host on the right alongside S.E. Cupp, the conservative columnist who currently co-anchors “The Cycle,” a television program on MSNBC.

On the left, President Barack Obama’s former deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter will host next to Van Jones, another former Obama adviser who later founded Rebuild the Dream, a group that fosters innovative economic policy.

It seems that everyone’s crazy Uncle (Ron Paul) is giving the GOP establishment shits and fits.  No one within the party wants him to succeed, but they don’t know what to do with him either.  After approximately 20 GOP debates only the strong are left standing. Ron Paul is among the GOP presidential hopefuls that are still striving to get to the White House. On Tuesday Floridians will cast their votes in Florida’s primaries and although Mitt Romney is the GOP favorite, Ron Paul has an intimidating support base and poses a real threat to the Republican establishment, according to some. A petition has started an attempt to make remove Paul from the race.

So much for Republican Family values.  It seems that some of the most sexually uptight members of the GOP usually end up having a super freaky closet life, that would embarass Hugh Hefner and Larry Flynt.   The “Do as I Say , Not as I Do” concept of living is ripe within Conservative circles,  and there has been no shortage of scandal in the 2012 GOP  election season. There’s been Herman Cain, the serial adulterer, and his BFF and protege’ Newt Gingrich, the “serial husband/adulterer”, and now, just as Newt Gingrich has retaken the lead in the South Carolina primary poll from Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, yet another bombshell regarding Gingrich has hit regarding his lurid past.  Marianna Gingrich, Newts 2nd Wife, has spilled the beans on the activities between Her, Newt and Calista.  Looks like Newt and his best friend Herman Cain have far more in common that we ever thought….. I wonder if they ever partied together?

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You gotta hand it to Ron Paul supporters, they extremely loyal and creative.  The Endorse Liberty PAC which supports Ron Paul, has taken a page from the Onion News Network, by launching their own “Fake Politicians Network”, which satirizes all the 2012 GOP candidates (with the exception of Ron Paul of course).

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi is urging republicans to negotiate with congressional democrat for bipartisan agreement on a massive $1 trillion-plus year-end spending package in time avert a possible government shutdown this weekend.

It would be easy to count our president out of the next election60 minutes Steve Kroft questions the president on a wide range of critical topics, including his performance in office, the U.S. economy and unemployment, and the budget woes in Washington.

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Anyone have $10,000 that I can borrow? Former Gov. Mitt Romney offered to bet $10,000 against Texas Gov. Rick Perry in a question about healthcare during a nationally televised presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa. Perry declined the bet of course. But it demonstrates how and why Mitt Romney as well as the other GOP candidates are clueless to the struggles of  99% of American‘s. How can we ever hope that someone who doesn’t understand us, or care to, could have our best interests at heart. You already know the answer to that question.

 

Mike Papantonio appears on MSNBC‘s The Ed Show to discuss the latest Republicans to turn down Trump’s debate offer, as well as Mitt Romney‘s last ditch efforts to become president.

(RAfTLF) Herman Cain endorsing Newt Gingrich is no where near a surprise.  The two have been friends for years, and Newt Gingrich even says Cain is one of his Intellectual influences.  But the spear of influence doesn’t end there.  These two bosum buddies are more alike that anyone cares to admit….. and America should not only be skeptical and cautious when it comes to Newt Gingrich, but we should all be afraid as well.  NPR outlines Herman Cain’s specific influences on GOP front-runner Newt Gingrich.

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(NRP) When businessman Herman Cain left the Republican presidential race over the weekend, he said he would endorse one of his former rivals.

One likely recipient of that endorsement: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Like Cain before him, Gingrich is trying to establish himself as the conservative alternative to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. And Cain and Gingrich share a long history of mutual admiration.

Just after Gingrich got word of Cain’s exit from the race, he opened his remarks to a Tea Party crowd on Staten Island with praise for the former candidate, saying Cain’s 9-9-9 plan had made a real impact.

“Whether you liked it or disliked it, it was a big idea and started to elevate the debate towards big solutions and not the usual nitpicking, consultant-driven negativity,” Gingrich said.

That warmth went beyond the niceties of a political eulogy. As Gingrich pointed out to reporters, he and Cain go way back.

“He is a friend of mine. We worked together against Hillarycare in the early ’90s,” Gingrich said, referring to the Clinton administration’s failed health care plan, “and I was very honored to be able to appoint him to the tax reform commission with Jack Kemp when I was speaker.”

Emphasis On Similarities

Gingrich was already a fan of Cain’s thinking back then. In a 1995 profile by writer Joan Didion, Gingrich name-checked Cain in a list of his intellectual influences, which also included Thomas Jefferson and Isaac Asimov.

Sixteen years later, both Cain and Gingrich ran for president as iconoclasts. Gingrich talks about his big ideas. Cain touted his bold solutions.

Cain has yet to throw his support behind anyone, but when he was still running, he stoked speculation of a joint ticket with Gingrich.

“We have such a high mutual respect for one another, and the differences in our ideals are not that far apart,” Cain said in an interview with Iowa radio station WHO in late October.

Their mutual respect was on display again a week later, when Cain and Gingrich met for a very cordial Lincoln-Douglas-style debate. Sexual harassment allegations against Cain were swirling, but they didn’t come up.

“We both represent a willingness to talk about common sense without regard to whatever the national establishment thinks is acceptable. And that’s radical,” Gingrich said.

He added that they were “by any reasonable standard, the two most radical candidates” in the race.

A ‘Bold, Brash’ Style

It was an unlikely pairing, to be sure: the Washington veteran who favors obscure historical references and the former pizza executive who has never held elective office.

But on style, there was some overlap.

“They’re both big, bold, brash, with big mouths. And I think they’ve got a lot of DNA in common,” says Mark McKinnon, a former George W. Bush adviser.

McKinnon says the two also shared an unorthodox approach to campaigning. They dotted their schedules with stops far away from early primary voting and paired stump speeches with book signings.

“I think Newt Gingrich thinks he could be president and ought to be president, but I don’t think he really thought he was going to be president. And I think that like Herman Cain, he actually started this campaign with the notion of just upping the equity of Newt Gingrich Inc.,” McKinnon says.

Diminishing Options?

Gingrich defended Cain as the sexual misconduct allegations piled up. In mid-November, Gingrich still called a joint ticket with Cain “a real possibility.” There, strategist McKinnon sees Gingrich tilling the ground for an endorsement.

“I think he saw no upside to attacking Herman Cain and saw that there was a potential base of voters that would shift to Gingrich if the Cain campaign collapsed, so I think it was smart strategically to talk about, or at least keep in the mix, the notion of a ticket and not to shoot it down,” McKinnon says.

Des Moines Register poll released over the weekend already showed Gingrich surging ahead as Cain’s numbers sank in Iowa. So Cain’s endorsement may not be a deciding factor for many voters. For Tea Party activist Bill Miller, who was in Gingrich’s Staten Island audience, it’s a matter of diminishing options.

Ron Paul‘s at a ceiling, and he’s not going anywhere further. Michele Bachmann — who I love, I adore — she’s not going anywhere. And I don’t see (former Sen.) Santorum doing it either,” Miller said. “So basically, you know, it comes down to Gingrich and Romney. … It’s Gingrich.”

With that kind of lukewarm support from conservative voters, Gingrich is also working to line up other potential endorsements. He met with one possibility in New York on Monday: businessman Donald Trump.

by ANNA SALE – NPR

The Republicans swept into control of the House in 2010 largely because of their anti-tax fervor. Now, Reuters Columnist David Cay Johnston explains how they’ve painted themselves into a corner where they may have to swallow cuts proposed by the President.