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LAS VEGAS – The biggest loser in Nevada’s Republican caucuses? The state’s feckless GOP.
Unable to control how its county parties count and report results, state Republicans were scrambling Sunday to explain why, almost 24 hours after most caucuses ended, the votes still have not been counted.
Here in Clark County, home to two-thirds of the state’s population, officials counted ballots, by hand, until 4 a.m. before calling it a night. Counting resumed again at 9 a.m. By 11 a.m. local time Sunday, only half of the county’s ballots had been counted.
“About midway through the night I said, ‘This is ludicrous,’” state GOP Chairman Amy Tarkanian said Sunday morning. “So I sent my state party people down there, including my husband, and said, ‘Go help them count, this is crazy.’”
Tarkanian, whose husband is Danny Tarkanian, who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP Senate nomination in 2010 and who is seeking the nomination in a new congressional seat, said state and county officials are seeking to avoid a situation like what happened in Iowa, where two weeks after voting ended the state party announced that it was Rick Santorum, not Mitt Romney, who won the state.
With second place still undecided between Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul — a consequential matter since delegates are awarded proportionally here — Tarkanian said she wants to avoid looking bad, as did her Iowa counterparts when they finally announced new results long after their contest ended.
But it may already be too late for that — unlike Iowa, Nevada hasn’t even reported nearly complete results yet.
Chuck Muth, a former Nevada GOP executive director, wrote on his blog that the night was the “Nevada GOP’s national embarrassment.”
“You can say this about Nevada Republicans: they are consistent,” Muth wrote. “They never blow an opportunity to blow an opportunity. And hoo-ahhh … did they ever blow this one!”
Clark County GOP Chairman Dave Gibbs did not return messages left on his cell phone Sunday morning.
By all accounts, the night was a foreseeable disaster, months in the making.
By Paul Joseph Watson
The establishment media is so desperate to sink Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, they’re brazenly misreporting the results of polls, making it appear as if the Congressman is performing worse than his rivals, when the opposite is true.
The latest example comes out of Politico, an establishment mouthpiece which routinely defends the DC status quo. Reacting to the results of the final Des Moines Register opinion poll, Politico hastily sent out a “Breaking News” email alert claiming the outcome showed Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum “climbing to second [place] at 21 percent and Ron Paul in third, with 18 percent.”
In reality, Paul took second place with 22 per cent, with Santorum in a fairly distant third with 15 per cent of the vote.
Politico sent out a revised email shortly afterwards which read, “[t]his breaking news alert corrects a previous breaking news alert.”
The Daily Caller attempted to contact Politico seeking an explanation as to why the error was made, but their calls were not returned.
Of course, these botched poll numbers will likely be explained away as an ‘accident’, but isn’t it funny how these ‘accidents’ routinely serve to denigrate Ron Paul?
Fox News has made a habit out of making mistakes that portray Paul in a bad light, the most infamous of which occurred when the network attempted to skew Ron Paul’s 2011 CPAC straw poll win by representing it with footage from the previous year’s CPAC event, at which Mitt Romney supporters had loudly booed the result.
A Fox News poll released earlier the same week which asked who would make the best president included many of the potential candidates that Ron Paul trounced in the CPAC straw poll, yet the Congressman’s name was not even included in the survey.
Perhaps the most brazenly unfair and agenda-driven treatment of Paul occurred after the Ames Straw Poll result when, after Paul almost tied with Michele Bachmann for first place, the establishment media completely ignored him and instead talked up the chances of candidates Paul had easily defeated.
The establishment media is presumably smarting from the fact that their ceaseless smear attacks against Ron Paul have had virtually no effect whatsoever on his chances of performing well in Iowa, to the point where they now have to resort to inventing poll results to make themselves feel better.
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In my latest column at The Daily Caller, I attempt to demonstrate that many Republicans’ disagreements with Ron Paul on foreign policy have mostly to do with old partisan attachments that prevent any serious reassessment of our current policies. One-time possible 2012 Republican presidential contenders like Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have all expressed foreign policy views similar to what Paul espouses. Yet, each of these Republican leaders decision to not enter this race has left Paul as the only viable candidate making the argument for a more practically prudent and fiscally responsible foreign policy. Or as The Politico’sJames Antle asks What GOP foreign policy debate? (emphasis mine):
Remember the foreign policy debate that was supposed to break out in the Republican Party during next year’s primaries?
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels… ruffled hawks’ feathers by suggesting that America might have to shrink its military footprint around the globe to restore solvency to the federal budget. He proposed a defense budget test.
“What size and kind of military is absolutely essential to preserve the physical safety of Americans?” Daniels asked. “What, very strictly defined, are the national interests of our country?”
He reminded audiences concerned about the U.S. world leadership, “If we go broke, no one will follow a pauper.”
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, one of the most successful Republican National Committee chairmen in recent history, sounded a similar note. “Anybody who says you can’t save money at the Pentagon has never been to the Pentagon. We can save money on defense. And if we Republicans don’t propose saving money on defense, we’ll have no credibility on anything else.”
Barbour also questioned how long the U.S. should remain in Afghanistan. “What is our mission?” he asked. “How many [members of] Al Qaeda are in Afghanistan? … Is that a 100,000-man Army mission?”
He then answered his own question:, “I don’t think our mission should be to think we’re going to make Afghanistan an Ireland or an Italy.”
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has also said, “The United States must also become more discriminating in what we try to accomplish abroad,” he said in a speech at the Reagan Presidential Library.
Christie acknowledged the limits of using the military for nation-building. “We certainly cannot force others to adopt our principles through coercion,” Christie continued. “Local realities count; we cannot have forced makeovers of other societies in our image.”
Daniels, Barbour and Christie are not running for president. Romney is. The former Massachusetts governor seems also to have considered the case for foreign policy restraint…. (but) it seems that Romney has since decided to move in the opposite direction. He now resists further cuts to the defense budget, arguing instead that military spending should be increased. He argues for a larger role for the U.S. military on the world stage. He warns against “isolationism” — though the country is now engaged in three wars.
Romney’s foreign policy team is dominated by people who advised former President George W. Bush.
Antle adds, and this is key:
Most other Republican presidential candidates would be likely to draw from a similar talent pool.
Antle then concludes:
So despite initial impressions that much has changed since 2008, the Republican foreign policy debate may remain Paul versus everyone else.
My conclusion: The foreign policy debate Daniels, Barbour and Christie think the GOP desperately needs to have now falls, as Antle points out, squarely on the shoulders of Ron Paul–and if conservatives are serious about a more fiscally responsible and prudent federal government, this is unquestionably a debate the Republican Party and this country must have.