TheDC Morning: What does an adult who believes in the tooth fairy sound like?
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1.) What does an adult who believes in the tooth fairy sound like? — They sound like a Newt Gingrich supporter who still thinks the former House Speaker can win the Republican nomination. TheDC’s Alexis Levinson talks with Gingrich’s latest endorser:
“The Daily Caller caught up with the latest politician to endorse Gingrich, Delaware State Senator Dave Lawson, whose endorsement was announced on Wednesday after Rick Santorum dropped out and the vast majority of pundits declared the race at the end. ‘The race isn’t over until the votes are counted, and so I don’t believe the race is over,’ Lawson told TheDC. ‘I believe that Speaker Gingrich certainly has a very good crack at this nomination; I believe he certainly has the right attributes to work toward putting this country back on its feet.'”
How do they define “very good” in Delaware? It couldn’t possibly be defined the same way it is in every other state.
2.) The Sleeping Dragon will continue sleeping — China is rising! America is sinking! That basically sums up what you learn in political science classes in college. But it’s wrong according to those who believe that demographics matter, TheDC’s Jamie Weinstein (ME!) reports:
“‘Demographic trends are poised to spoil Beijing’s plans for a Chinese century,’ said Susan Yoshihara, co-editor (along with Douglas A. Sylvia) of the book, ‘Population Decline and the Remaking of Great Power Politics.’ … Conversely, Yoshihara says America is in a great position to make the 21st century another American century. ‘The United States has the demographic advantage,” she said. “America’s workforce will be expanding significantly while those of other developed nations stagnate or decline precipitously.'”
Yes, Virginia, America can lead this century — we just need leaders willing to tackle some crucial issues like entitlement reform.
3.) What do you call a Maine moderate? — Apparently someone who calls for Dick Cheney’s execution. TheDC’s Alexis Levinson reports:
“Rep. Chuck Kruger, Democratic chairman of the Maine Legislature’s Moderate Caucus, tweeted in August, ‘Cheney deserves same final end as he gave Saddam. Hope there are cellcams #cheney.’ The Maine Wire first reported this, and preserved the screen shot of the now-deleted tweet. In an email to The Daily Caller, Kruger clarified, ‘I do not wish for the death of Dick Cheney or anyone. I did NOT call for his execution, that was an absolute smear from an organization dedicated to damaging Democrats. I did make a lousy attempt at humor, and I regret that.’… Kruger said he ‘joined the mod caucus because we are very polarized and several of us want to find common ground on key issues.'”
4.) Tea Party leader seeks relevancy — TheDC’s Alex Pappas reports:
“The leader of the Tea Party Nation organization has a blunt message for likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney: Tea partiers will likely vote for you, but don’t expect them to get energized and campaign for you. ‘The tea party is not going to coalesce around Romney,’ Judson Phillips told The Daily Caller on Thursday. ‘Most of us will vote for Romney, but we will not be out there with signs for him or in his campaign.'”
This can’t be a particularly wise strategy for those who think President Obama is imperiling the country. Plus, if Romney wins the election, what type of clout would the Tea Party have if they didn’t campaign for him? Answer: Not much.
5.) Poll of the Day: Romney edging Obama –Fox News poll of presidential general election: Mitt Romney 46%, Barack Obama 44%.