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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - Ron Brownstein
An alarm must have gone off somewhere, signaling former President George W. Bush to step out of his polite, self-imposed exile and back onto public radar. Indeed, Mr. Bush makes a noteworthy debut Tuesday evening, joining NBC "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno, the sole late night guy who wears an American flag pin.
"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.
A thrice-married, twice-divorced, Southern Baptist-turned-Catholic would not seem a good fit for evangelical voters, a key bloc of the Republican electoral base that will play an outsized role in the critical Iowa caucuses next month.
Undercover videographer James O'Keefe has released the entire two-hour version of his sizzling National Public Radio sting — not just the 11 minute version.
"Other measures continued to produce consistently grim verdicts," Mr. Brownstein says. "Just 23 percent said Obama's agenda would increase opportunity for people like them to get ahead, while 47 percent said it would diminish their opportunities; 25 percent said it would have no impact."
What with a government shutdown, hair-raising federal debt, Obamacare chaos and a sluggish economy, "Americans aren't feeling much holiday cheer about the country's direction or anyone setting it," Mr. Brownstein says.