Inside the Beltway: Get Romneyfied

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“They certainly did violate Gannett’s conduct code, but what should really concern professional journalists is how no one was surprised that so many journalists are more passionate about a hot liberal political cause than at least pretending to be neutral,” counters Media Research Center news analyst Brent Baker.

HISTORIC MUDSLINGING

“He is a man of splendid abilities but utterly corrupt. Like a rotting mackerel by moonlight, he shines and he stinks.”

(Virginia Rep. John Randolph on fellow New York Rep. Edward Livingston, 1799)

PARSING KENNEDY

As expected, the five conservative Supreme Court justices took a mighty swing at Obamacare on Tuesday. But observers who question the individual mandate are particularly intrigued by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy — the resident swing voter — who got quizzical as well as skeptical.

“The questions raised by Justice Kennedy indicate a growing concern about the constitutionality of the individual mandate,” says Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, which challenged the heath care law with an amicus brief representing 119 members of Congress and nearly 145,000 Americans.

“While you can never predict the outcome of a Supreme Court case based on oral arguments, it is very encouraging that it appears a majority of the justices understand that requiring Americans to purchase health insurance raises significant constitutional questions,” Mr. Sekulow adds.

POLL DU JOUR

61 percent of Republicans say Rep. Ron Paul should drop out of the presidential race.

58 percent of men, 65 percent of women, 62 percent of conservatives, 53 percent of independents and 69 percent of tea partyers agree.

60 percent of Republicans say Newt Gingrich should drop out.

64 percent of men, 56 percent of women, 57 percent of conservatives, 66 percent of independents and 54 percent of tea partyers agree.

39 percent of Republicans say Rick Santorum should drop out.

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