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Friday, January 20, 2012

As the GOP Turns

Who says the Republicans primaries are dull: Rick Perry dropped out; Marianne Gingrich dropped a dime on her ex. And Mitt Romney lost the Iowa caucuses -- 17 days late.

At least no one talked about Romney's taxes. Oh, wait a minute.

When last we left the GOP soap opera Our Man Myth was struggling to cope with a rising tide of stories about his tax-paying privileges and I opined the media was on the verge of devoting their full attention on the increasingly likely GOP nominee.

But that was before one of the wildest days in any primary I can recall. Let's start with the Gingrich squeeze play.

With polls suggesting the Newtster was closing in on Romney in South Carolina, Perry's withdrawal and Gingrich Wife #2's decision to open up about their "open marriage" threatened to change the equation.

After all, it's not easy to believe evangelicals will be comfortable with the revelation that the Speaker of the House was having an affair with an aide "in my bedroom in our apartment in Washington." While leading the witch hunt to impeach Bill Clinton over an affair.

OK, they'd be fine with the last part.

So with Gingrich is full mad dog mode, you would think it would be a red letter day for the Mittster, a break from the look at his 15 percent tax rate and offshore tax shelters.

Except for the part where Iowa's Republican Party decided to do a recount after all -- and award Rick Santorum with a 34-vote win. So much for Romney's historic sweep of the first two voting tests.

About the only thing that's clear is Romney's chances of delivering a knockout blow in South Carolina tomorrow have faded and Florida's Jan. 31 contest takes on added importance.

Including 10 more days to delve into the Romney tax question.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What revelation? Other than an interview timed to cripple Newt when he is making up serious ground on Mitt, there is nothing anyone can say that can make him less appropriate to be president than we already know. The larger question is who in the Romney campaign has their dirty fingers in it?

January 20, 2012 9:44 AM  
Blogger caldy11 said...

Hey Massachusetts Liberal, I couldn't find an email for you so this seemed like the only way to get in touch. I'm writing to you because I'm the head of Public Relations for Harvard's Model United Nations conference, I follow your blog and I felt like you might be interested in this and maybe even throwing up some publicity for it. We all worked really hard to bring it together this year and are as excited as ever to welcome this year's group of High School students. Anyways the conference is focused on fostering international communication and understanding and welcomes students from 37 different countries. I copy pasted the email that went out to a few newspapers below. All the best!

Did you know that on Thursday January 26th Boston's population will jump by aprox. 3,000 for 4 days? This is because on January 26th Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN) will be opening its 59th session at the Sheraton Boston. This conference will gather together nearly 3,000 high school students from the US and over 30 countries around the world, making it the largest and oldest conference of its kind. HMUN was founded in 1927 to simulate the freshly created League of Nations and has since developed into an international phenomenon that fosters understanding and open discussion of international topics. This year's conference will be opened by a speech from Clare Lockhart, co-founder and CEO of the Institute for State Effectiveness.

It is nearly impossible to find another high school conference of similar size and prestige that is working to promote international understanding and cooperation, and the entire event is made even more special because it is entirely student run. Every year students are selected by their peers and put in charge of different aspects of the conference. College students book the hotel, run security, handle the money, fill out the forms, research and outline the committees, run the press and chaperon the 3,000 high school students for four days. HMUN is a branch of Harvard's International Relations Committee, a larger student organization that focuses on international relations.

If you want, I can get you in touch with any of the secretariat (the students selected to run the conference), or some of the high school students and possibly even our opening speaker.

my email is ccalderwood@college.harvard.edu

all the best!

January 20, 2012 11:42 AM  

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