By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
"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 buzz around Mitt Romney's vice-presidential choice has become deafening — a political soap opera that involves "American Idol"-like auditions on the stump and conflicting reports on who is in the running.
Liberals explain away Election Day.
The candidates aren't the only ones competing Tuesday: The pollsters, pundits and party chiefs who are paid to gauge, as accurately as possible, the country's political temperature have a lot riding on the results as well.
"I don't think they picked the Domino's CEO at random," said Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report, who spoke at the conference.
"It's the quadrennial parlor game, where anyone who knows anything isn't talking and people talking the most know nothing," said Charlie Cook, head of the Cook Political Report.