Inside the Beltway: Cruz control

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“Whatever the state of Rove’s current fortunes, this tells us nothing about how he or the party will do in 2014 or 2016. Republicans should welcome any group, including that of Rove, aimed at helping them win elections. But that makes him just one voice among many seeking to help influence events. Liberals may want to hold onto Rove as a right-wing boogey man, but conservatives need to stop obsessing about him and the mythical establishment he represents,” Mr. Tobin says. “If they are to win again, they will need all they help they can get — even from the likes of Rove.”

OSCARNOMICS

The Academy Awards tends to be overproduced and politically tinged; where else would liberal darlings Barbra Streisand and Jane Fonda appear on the same stage? Both are presenters this year. Still, the event is an economic powerhouse, earning $130 million for Los Angeles and $89 million for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. But there are hidden costs for things peculiar to Tinseltown. Among the many expenses for the single night, this according to the Hollywood Reporter:

$1.5 million for copyright and trademark protection, $1 million for the stage set, $250,000 for security personnel; $240,000 for event staff; $45,000 for 50 24-karat gold-plated Oscar statuettes; $25,000 for the red carpet; $20,000 for gourmet chocolates and $10,000 on the winners’ hand-addressed, gold-embossed envelopes,

POLL DU JOUR

• 50 percent of Americans say controlling gun ownership is more important than protecting gun owner rights; 73 percent of Democrats agree.

• 46 percent overall say protecting owner rights is more important; 74 percent of Republicans agree.

• 46 percent overall say new gun legislation is “essential this year”; 19 percent of Republicans and 71 percent of Democrats agree.

• 29 percent say the legislation “should not be done” at all; 53 percent of Republicans and 9 percent of Democrats agree.

• 21 percent say the legislation should be done in “the next few years”; 24 percent of Republicans and 18 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Pew Research Center/USA Today poll of 1,504 U.S. adults conducted Feb. 13 to 18.

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