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1.) Romney takes New Hampshire for granite — So.

Mitt Romney.


TheDC’s David Martosko reports:

“Within minutes of declaring that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had won the GOP primary election in New Hampshire, the Fox News Channel released a detailed set of data from its on-the-ground exit polls. The central message that emerged from those polls was that Texas Rep. Ron Paul held sway over significant demographic groups within New Hampshire. Going beyond simple vote totals, exit polls can give campaign strategists — and the news media — a detailed picture of why certain groups voted the way they did. According to the Fox News exit polls, older voters were Romney’s comfort zone: He won a plurality, 39 percent, of voter support from those over 40. But Paul was the choice of 48 percent of voters under 30 years of age — a percentage more than twice as great as Romney’s.”

You lucky people. Your choices are Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, or Barack Obama. Isn’t this great? TheDC’s Alex Pappas gives us the highlights of Mitt’s victory speech:

“You’d think Mitt Romney had already won the Republican nomination from his victory speech here on Tuesday night. After declaring a win in the New Hampshire primary, Romney didn’t even reference his Republican rivals or the nomination battle still ahead. Instead, he used his election night address to supporters to immediately rip into President Obama in a speech that sounded like the general election is already on. ‘We remember when Barack Obama came to New Hampshire four years ago,’ Romney said. ‘He promised to bring people together. He promised to change the broken system in Washington. He promised to improve our nation.’ The former governor of Massachusetts went on to say that ‘today, we are faced with the disappointing record of a failed President. … The last three years have held a lot of change, but they haven’t offered much hope.'”

Will Mitt be The One to Change things back to Hope?

2.) Jon Huntsman still running for president, you guys — Just a reminder. It’s easy to forget. Despite his strenuous attempts to alienate conservatives as much as possible, he’s still not doing very well in the GOP race. Weird, huh? Alex Pappas reports:

“After finishing in third place in the New Hampshire primary, Jon Huntsman entered his election night party Tuesday to U2’s song ‘Beautiful Day.’ But it wasn’t the beautiful day Huntsman imagined when he left his job as ambassador to China last year amid much buzz and entered the Republican race for president. It was a good enough finish, though, he said… ‘I’d say third place is a ticket to ride,’ Huntsman said in front of a blue backdrop that said the phrase ‘Country First’… Huntsman spent more time than any major candidate in New Hampshire, opting to skip the Iowa caucuses.”

Which is why he did as well as he did there. Hey, have his daughters put up any other hilarious YouTube videos? At least he’ll have those to look back on.

3.) Color of Change wants everybody to have a job except the people they don’t like — You remember Color of Change, right? The Van Jones organization? No need to pat them on the back for their latest triumph, because they’re way ahead of you. TheDC’s Steven Nelson reports:

“The liberal activist group Color of Change announced Tuesday evening that it received confirmation from MSNBC that the left-leaning cable news network has indefinitely suspended conservative commentator Pat Buchanan. The group’s leaders launched a campaign in October aiming to have Buchanan, who they dubbed a ‘white supremacist,’ removed from MSNBC programming. ‘Amazing news!’ a Color of Change email alert announced on Tuesday evening. ‘Pat Buchanan and his white supremacist ideology will no longer be on TV.’ On Monday evening, Buchanan denied that he had been suspended, saying on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, ‘I don’t know anything about that. I hope to get back full up here in January, but I’ve been out for a couple of months.’ Instead, he cited health issues for his absence.”

Everyone should be free to say what they want, as long as it doesn’t make liberals angry.

4.) “The Body” vs. “The Legend,” Round 2 — Chris Kyle was already an American hero before he decked Jesse Ventura, but that cemented his status. Now Ventura is denying it, because what else is he going to say? TheDC’s Vince Coglianese reports:

“The ‘most lethal sniper in U.S. military history’ is standing by his claim that he cold-clocked Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura after the former politician and show-wrestler shot his mouth off about dead SEALs… Ventura responded in a Facebook statement on Saturday, denying the event ever took place. ‘The event this man spoke of never happened,’ wrote Ventura. ‘I have been to Mc P’s many times since leaving the Navy. I was never there alone. I was always accompanied by other people. If this happened 6 years ago, someone would have known of it before now. Certainly in the UDT/SEAL community it would have been known. This has to be news to all of us. I have always opposed the war in Iraq but I have never spoken or wished any ill will towards the soldiers…’ In an interview with The Daily Caller — during The Matt Lewis Podcast, set to be released this week — Kyle responded to Ventura’s denial by standing by his original story. ‘The incident is in my book,’ said Kyle. ‘His name was purposely left out because I was not wanting any of this to ever come up and then on another radio show a caller came in and dropped his name, definitely caught me off guard, and I was unprepared. So, I just said yes, you know, it was him, and admitted to the whole thing… But since then, the thing has taken off and it’s definitely drawn attention away from the book and the story that I’m trying to get out… So, for now, I am sitting back, saying nothing. I’m gonna allow Mr. Ventura to get his word out and also the witnesses are coming forward…'”

So it’s the word of the Navy SEAL sniper with four tours of duty in Iraq and hundreds of kills, against the word of… this guy. Okay then.

5.) 9021OMG — And now for the most important news of the day, from TheDC’s Taylor Bigler:

“‘90210’ actress AnnaLynne McCord shared a little more than she intended when she sent a fan a photo of herself on Twitter last Friday. McCord tweeted to a female fan: ‘This is for you, @meganraee You rock! Xxx’ and included photo of herself and her left nipple. Once she realized the nip-slip, McCord immediately removed the photo and replaced it with a cropped version. Thankfully, the original image will remain in Internet history. The actress didn’t seem fazed and later tweeted: ‘Hahaha! Megan, you feel like sharing? Very funny I actually LOL-ed xxxA'”

Kind of like Weinergate, but without the nausea.

6.) Today’s words of wisdom from the Twitter feed of Alec Baldwin, the Capital One spokesman who doesn’t like bankers and hangs out at Occupy camps — “Tomorrow, I head to Banff for Bobby Kennedy Jr.’s WATERKEEPER ALLIANCE ski tournament. I hope there’s snow up there!!”

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