- - Tuesday, December 20, 2011


House won’t criticize Nazi remarks by GOP lawmaker

The House has defeated a resolution to criticize a Florida Republican who compared Democrats’ political messaging to the work of Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.

Maryland Democrat Donna F. Edwards introduced the resolution to disapprove the remarks of Rep. Allen B. West. A Republican motion to kill the resolution was approved Tuesday on a nearly party-line vote of 231-188.

Mr. West made the reference earlier this month when asked about Congress‘ low approval ratings and blame that has been directed toward Republicans.

The freshman Republican was quoted as saying, “If Joseph Goebbels was around, he’d be very proud of the Democrat Party because they have an incredible propaganda machine.”

Ms. Edwards said Mr. West later made similar comments in a letter to Democratic Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan.


Paul emerges as outsider GOP pick

MANCHESTER — Suddenly, Ron Paul is in contention to win the Iowa caucuses and positioned to do well in the New Hampshire primary two weeks before the first votes are cast.

Mr. Paul’s standing reflects the fluidity of the Republican race as well as the failure of the social conservative, tea party and establishment elements of the GOP to coalesce behind a candidate.

While the libertarian-leaning Texas congressman is earning support for tight-fisted fiscal positions, he’s so out of step with the GOP mainstream on foreign-policy issues that even his most loyal aides doubt he can use his momentum to win the Republican nomination.

Still, Mr. Paul’s outsider persona and refusal to give in to the ways of Washington have earned him a loyal following that he’s leveraged to build a strong organization.


Lesser-known candidates share state’s spotlight

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