The next three days amount to a virtual GOP-palooza in Florida.
In 24 hours, Republicans descend on Florida en masse for a grand old party for the Grand Old Party. On Thursday, the mighty eight presidential hopefuls meet once again for another debate, this one hosted by Fox News and the Florida Republican Party, staged in Orlando. That's just the opening act, though.
Tea Party Express organizers describe the Republican debate in Tampa, Fla., on Monday night as a milestone — clear evidence that the grass-roots movement holds definitive sway over serious politics, despite critics who claim otherwise.
The American Conservative Union will begin awarding grades to state lawmakers in five 2012 general election battleground states this year, ACU Chairman Al Cardenas said.
His preference for politics trumps his taste for glitz: The nation's capital gets a visit from Donald Trump this weekend, who is opting out of a $10 million Las Vegas wedding to join the throngs at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner on Saturday.
They don't want to undermine the work of their congressional allies, but leading conservatives and Republican presidential hopefuls are already voicing their displeasure with the spending-cut and budget deals taking shape on Capitol Hill.
Just so you know: "The Star Spangled Banner" still resonates with the nation no matter how many hapless performers take untoward liberties with its lyrics.
Social and economic conservatives have worked together under the mantle of the Republican Party since Ronald Reagan made them the core of his 1980 coalition, but the alliance now may be fraying.