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- Catholic League slams Obama: ‘Do Christian lives mean so little to you?’
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Question of the Day
“Queasiness in the right-leaning media.”
- Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh’s characterization of subtle buyer’s remorse emerging among certain journalists such as American Spectator contributor Matt Thomas and syndicated columnist Jonah Goldberg, who now appear uneasy with Mitt Romney as the “inevitable” Republican nominee for the White House
Though the nation’s 21 million eligible Hispanic voters traditionally lean Democratic, the Republican National Committee is determined to woo this vast voting bloc, pushing the idea that traditional values are part of the GOP playbook, and that unemployment among Hispanics now stands at 11 percent.
“I happen to believe that the Latino community is just tired of the broken promises and empty rhetoric of this president,” says committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who has named Bettina Inclan as the project’s director. She is the strategist who secured more than 50 percent of the Hispanic vote in Florida that put Gov.Rick Scott in office, and now vows to bring the “Republican message of economic opportunity and family values” to Hispanic communities in Florida, New Mexico, Colorado, North Carolina and Nevada.
See the new GOP campaign at http://rnclatinos.com in English and Spanish, including a telling section called “El Record De Obama.”
There’s much work to be done. A recent Pew Hispanic Center poll found that 59 percent of Hispanics nationwide have not paid much attention to the Republican primary contests, while only 30 percent have ever heard of Sen. Marco Rubio. Republicans also have competition — like from progressives at the American Worker Pac’s “Latino Project,” who are intent on electing “pro-worker Democrats” in 15 Hispanic-heavy congressional districts.
ON THE RADAR
It’s a motley trio, indeed. Sarah Palin, Al Gore and former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates are the keynote speakers at the upcoming SkyBridge Alternatives Conference, a global economic gathering better known as “Salt.” The high-profile event has drawn former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton plus Mitt Romney to the podium in years past. The four-day conference will be staged at the swank Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas in early May.
Also on the speaker’s roster: Karl Rove, who joins former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs onstage to offer “White House insider’s perspectives.”
POLL DU JOUR
• 66 percent of Americans say there are “strong conflicts” between rich and poor in the U.S.
• 55 percent of Republicans, 55 percent of conservatives, 73 percent of Democrats and 79 percent of liberals agree.
• 23 percent overall say there are mild conflicts between rich and poor; 7 percent say there are no conflicts whatsoever.
• 46 percent overall say the rich became wealthy because they “know the right people” or were born into it.
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