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- Rev. Al Sharpton’s Easter message: Politically ‘crucified’ Obama has risen again
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- Goodbye, Afghanistan — hello, Africa: Air Force to shift as U.S. exits Middle East
- Iran mulls ban on vasectomies, decrease on abortions to bolster population
- CNN op-ed claims right-wingers ‘more deadly than jihadists’
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Inside the Beltway: Anticipation
“Regardless of the final results of the election, Wednesday, Nov. 7 continues a gigantic battle between small-government, constitutional conservatives and the big-government Republicans for the heart and soul of the GOP,” longtime conservative maven Richard Viguerie tells Inside the Beltway.
“The fight for control of the GOP has been on hold while all wings of the party united behind Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. The agenda of the conservative movement and the tea party of small-constitutional government will now become the agenda of the Republican Party. The takeover of the GOP by conservatives has been a 100-year long battle,” he continues.
But look out.
A conservative armada gathers Wednesday afternoon at the National Press Club to train their guns on the election. On hand for some straight shooting: the aforementioned Mr. Viguerie, chairman, ConservativeHQ.com; Media Research Center president Brent Bozell, Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser, Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist and Paul Revere Project president and book publisher Al Regnery.
Welcome to Post-Election Day. It promises to be as noisy as Election Day, now that all the strategists, pundits, pollsters, elected officials, lawmakers, journalists and assorted experts gather in the name of erudition and fancy lunches to tell America what Tuesday meant. Or did not mean.
It is a huge phenomenon, and likely good for the economy: dozens of these events begin while the polling machines are still warm, and continue for weeks. They are catered, microphoned, videotaped, name-tagged, and staged in some very nice spots.
Among myriad events, the National Journal’s sold-out “The Day After” showcases 27 political luminaries over seven hours at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on Wednesday. Among their stars: Dick Gephardt, Elaine Chao, the Journal’s editor-in-chief Ron Fournier, editorial director Ron Brownstein and ace analyst Charlie Cook.
“Elections tell us who won, but they do not tell us why and how,” advises the American Enterprise Institute, which has lined up its resident scholars Michael Barone, Henry Olsen, Norm Ornstein and Karlyn Bowman for a luncheon to explain all, also on Wednesday.
The puzzled electorate in the Golden State will have their questions answered — and their bellies filled with lamb shanks, mashed potatoes, angel hair pasta with chicken and red chard plus eggplant Parmesan — when Mark Baldassare, CEO of the Public Policy Institute of California, and Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll, share their insights into “what voters were thinking” at the Sacramento Press Club next week.
THE HISTORIC ELECTION
“By their votes ye shall know them.”
- President Harry S. Truman, in a casual remark made Sept. 23, 1948
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