Another election, another day for Mitt Romney to not seal the deal. Or… is it? Tonight's contests in Alabama and Mississippi will give the front-runner a chance to prove he can appeal to authentic, scary-parts-of-the-country-dwelling conservatives — voters whose hearts pump a homogeneous mixture of red American blood and gravy. (Or maybe Gingrich will just split the Santorum vote. Either way…yay Romney!)
Oh yeah. Hawaii and American Samoa are voting too.
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Tags: Alabama, American Samoa, Hawaii, Liveblog, Mississippi, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul
Though evidence for human-induced climate change is overwhelming, global warming skeptics have always had one trump card.
Sure, the dramatic increase in carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere is a result of human activity and, yes, there's a tight historic correlation between atmospheric CO2 concentrations and temperature. And yes, climate change is an observable process, with increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, melting of ice sheets, changing wind patterns and a rising global average sea level already in evidence.
But: Al Gore is very fat.
It's an airtight argument, for now. Yet climate change skeptics are intelligent folks (political science interlude: contrary to popular belief, more highly educated Republicans are most likely to disbelieve the dangers of global warming, because they're more aware of the "correct" partisan position on this topic). They know there was a time when Al Gore was not fat and that this time may come again. Therefore, new backup theories are needed to undermine the science-rational thinking industrial complex.
First up, Rick Santorum, who previewed this line of attack in Michigan before deploying his Druidic wisdom in Mississippi yesterday…
In the Deep South, one of the most conservative regions of the country, Romney and his Republican rivals polished their credentials with attacks on President Barack Obama's handling of the economy and the nation's use of energy. "The dangers of carbon dioxide? Tell that to a plant, how dangerous carbon dioxide is," said Rick Santorum.
He is the Santorum, who speaks for the trees. And if those trees could vote, they might propel Santorum to a first-place finish in Alabama and Mississippi, particularly if Mitt Romney makes them self-conscious about their height.
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, James Inhofe, Mississippi, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Science & Technology
Bizarro-world frontrunner Rick Santorum has begun waging a war on a word machine. No, not Mitt Romney.
Santorum is going after the poor, defenseless teleprompter…
Republican Rick Santorum has for quite a while taken issue with candidates on the trail who use a teleprompter… But campaigning along the Gulf Coast in the Tuesday primary state of Mississippi, Santorum took it a step further, saying use of the digital word machine should be outlawed.
"See, I always believed that when you run for president of the United States, it should be illegal to read off a teleprompter," Santorum said at a Gulfport restaurant. "Because all you're doing is reading someone else's words to people"…
"You're voting for someone who is going to be the leader of our government," Santorum said. "It's important for you to understand who that person is in their own words, see them, look them in the eye… hear what's (in their) heart."
While politicians like Santorum have been slamming Presdient Obama's teleprompter use for years, it's unclear what spurred this renewed hatred for the device. Perhaps Santorum thinks the teleprompter is a form of contraception.
Or maybe he doesn't want the other GOP candidates to ever read anything. That way, they'll be just like his supporters.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Mississippi, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum
Mitt Romney loves so many things. He loves cars, trees and freedom. He loves "our lands." He loves "our people." He loves "all the little inland lakes that dot the parts of Michigan."
In Mississippi, Romney did try out some Southern charm, telling his audience he was "an unofficial Southerner."
"I am learning to say y'all and I like grits, and things," he joked. "Strange things are happening to me."
Based on my own Yankee attempts to figure out exactly what grits are, the following is a dramatization of a top-level Romney campaign meeting…
Tags: Food, Mississippi, Mitt Romney, Primaries, Republicans