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Barbara Comstock Posts, Quickly Deletes, Photo of Her and Newt Gingrich

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Yep, Barbara Comstock was just hanging out with her pal Newt Gingrich at "a great breakfast in Fair Oaks" (according to Comstock's pal Jill...

VA-8th CD GOP Nominee Hangs with Some Seriously Unsavory Characters; Go...

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That's Charles Hernick, nominee of the 8th CD GOP, which strongly supports Donald Trump for President, hanging with some seriously unsavory characters (clockwise): 1)...

The Liberals’ Share of the Blame

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This piece is appearing in newspapers in my conservative congressional district (VA-06), headed by the preface that "This piece is appearing on various liberal...

Saturday News: Turkey Coup Fails; Trump’s “Worst Rollout Ever;” “For Trump,...

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by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, July 16. Turkey foils bloody coup attempt, closes in on...

Video: Trump Hates NAFTA; Here’s Potential Running Mate Newt Gingrich Praising...

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As Vox notes: "Gingrich’s past policy record is also an imperfect fit with Trump’s platform. In particular, Gingrich has always been an enthusiastic supporter...

Virginia Trump State Chair Wants Newt Gingrich for VP; Says Trump’s...

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From the Kojo Nnamdi Show a few minutes ago, Trump Virginia Chair Corey Stewart had some interesting comments about who Trump should pick for...

I’ll Be Discussing “American Politics 2016” This Wednesday Evening in Harrisonburg

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This is a revised edition, going beyond the information in the flyer to flesh things out a bit. I'll be talking with people about "American...

How the GOP’s Spirit of Strife Has Damaged the Nation

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Appearing in newspapers in the conservative VA-06 Why have our politics become so dysfunctional? The answer is really not so hard to find. Our founders knew...

The “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less” Con: Newt Won, America...

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Back in the summer of 2008, incurable Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich pushed the slogan "drill here, drill now, pay less," claiming that making the U.S. more oil-independent would be a solution to high gas prices. Democrats, worried voters would reject the reality there's nothing we can do to lower market-set gas prices and absolutely terrified of saying no to Big Oil, embraced the slogan. Later, President Barack Obama implemented it as our national policy. Six years later, how's drill baby drill working out for you?

Today, while U.S. oil production is near all-time highs, gas prices also remain near all-time highs. Drill baby drill has been great for multinational oil companies, but terrible for American consumers. Meanwhile, we continue shoveling billions in annual taxpayer subsidies to those same oil companies.

A side effect of higher oil production is that oil transportation disasters are also at record highs. Oil train wrecks and spills, gas pipeline explosions, and oil pipeline ruptures are skyrocketing. Our communities, wildlife and clean air and water are now at the mercy of our national petro-state.

Note that gas prices hit their all-time high of $4.46 in July 2008 under President George W. "Texas Oilman Who'll Lasso Those Saudi Arabians Into Submission" Bush, well above the prior peak of $3.70 under President Ronald "Yes Another Oil-Friendly Republican Are You Seeing The Pattern Yet" Reagan.

Aside from Big Oil's record profits, there was one other winner from Newt's drilling push. Gingrich got 1.5 million people to sign his petition, allowing him to cash in by spamming his big new email list. As Chris Hayes has said, "much of movement conservatism is a con and the base are the marks."

AP Poll Spells Great News for White House

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The latest AP-GfK 2012 election poll has very good news for President Obama and bad, bad news for Willard the "Mitt" and the other remaining clowns in the GOP primary field. The national poll of 1,000 adults conducted over the past week shows President Obama decisively leading Romney 51% to 43%. Against Santorum, the latest in the GOP desperate search for the "other-than-Mitt" candidate, the president is leading 52% to 43%.

Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich aren't doing any better. Paul, the darling of the Ayn Rand brainwashed set, is losing in the poll 53% to 44%, while Gingrich trails the president by 10 points. Gingrich has huge unfavorable numbers, 58%. Romney's unfavorable rating is 43%, Santorum 42%. Ron Paul is the least unlikeable of the four, but even he draws a 40% unfavorable rating, and a majority of those polled said they didn't like the entire field of candidates.

As the economy continues to improve and the Republicans dig themselves ever deeper into a right-wing hole, the re-election of President Obama looks brighter and brighter, as does the prospect that Virginia will have a new Democratic senator, not a GOP retread we happily said goodbye to six years ago..

It's going to be very difficult to any of the four left in the GOP field to move to the center after their primary blood bath, trying to prove who is most extreme. They are hemorrhaging support from independents and will continue to do so the longer they have to throw red meat to their far-right base. That's what happens when you succumb to "Tea Party poisoning."