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This is one election cycle I will never forget (well maybe a little of it, age and all) because every day, there's something said that's so outrageous that it not only makes the nightly news, but it becomes material for Saturday Night Live and Jon Stewart. For example, yesterday when Herman Cain was asked about the 4:00 A.M. call from Ginger White’s phone he said," she could have texted me, I don't know, and besides I call several people" as a respond to the 61 calls between the two. Then there is Newt Gingrich wanting credit for ending the Cold War and does not want to be labeled a lobbyist even though he was one except, he didn't have to register as one. That was just yesterday. I almost forgot to mention Mitt Romney getting a little testy with the home channel, Fox News, when he was asked about his flip-flops. This is the worst list of GOP presidential candidates of all time, and that's not just coming from this Democrat, you can read the displeasure from prominent conservative journalists, pundits, and party backers. It is a mystery, with this bad economy, a vulnerable president, and people wanting change; I can't figure out why the Republicans couldn't persuade some respected candidates to run.

The last 30 years, we've heard Republicans say that tax cuts pay for themselves and shouldn't have to be offset with spending cuts. In fact, it hasn't been that long when I heard senators John Kyl and Mitch McConnell tell that to David Gregory of "Meet the Press". Yesterday, Mitch McConnell said that the payroll cuts will probably be extended, but they will have to be offset with spending cuts. The Democrats want to increase taxes on the top 300,000 or so, who have prospered in the Bush Tax cuts era, to pay for payroll tax cut but the Republicans are resisting. At least, we've made some headway. Republicans now understand that tax cuts paid for with borrowed money will increase the deficit. Now, if they can only be convinced that increasing the marginal rates 3% will not send the top 1%, into bankruptcy. It's hard enough trying to prove to them that the top 1% are not all "job creators."

I think it all starts with all of the candidates running against Washington. Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate are the only ones that can fix Washington, after we elect them. I've never known anyone that hates an institution, being able to improve it. The system has to be fixed from within with compromise; not by rotating members every two or six years. It has worked before, so it's not like it's impossible. They know the problem, but they want you to think it's the other guy. I see politicians blaming the other party for being entirely responsible for the predicament we are in today and the pundit will let them get away with it. If we were to roll back the tapes, you would see that same politician taking equal blame when he's confronted by a respected journalist. There are some politicians who want to fulfill a prophecy of privatizing everything, and they're currently saying, " No one who's on Social Security or Medicare will lose their benefits but those younger than 55 years old will see some changes in order to preserve these programs" but as always, you have to read the fine print.

The new political line “crony capitalism" is often taking out a context by those that don't want a public/ private joint venture because they think their taxes might go up. They don't mind “crony capitalism" when they want to privatize public functions. Now we don't want the insurance companies or oil companies writing legislation but the constitution allows them to petition the government via the use of a lobbyist. As President Obama said, “they can have a seat at the table, just not all the seats."

It must be difficult being a republican these days because the lines in the sand are shifting every day but what else could you expect since Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich are the current forerunners. Some are saying the GOP will have a real nomination convention because they will not be satisfied with the eventual winner. Jon Huntsman is in jeopardy of being left out the next debate because of his low poll numbers, leading to a rumor (which he adamantly denies) that he will head an independent party bid. How ironic, Newt Gingrich might be the benefactor of Cain's indiscretions, yet he has one more extramarital affair. According to the polls, I saw today and if the primaries were held today, Gingrich would win Iowa, South Carolina, Carolina, and Florida, and Mitt Romney would win New Hampshire. They are not being held today, but it's funny how Newt was down-and-out a few months ago, doesn't even have a good staff, is just selling books and hardly trying, but he's at the top. The Obama campaign is concentrating on Romney because the more, the light shines on Gingrich the more his baggage will be exposed without running a single ad against him. Yesterday, a commentator said “We heard all this talk about the tea party influencing this year’s election but the frontrunners are Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich; established Republicans.