Independent tea party activists called a press conference to announce the formation of a Central Florida Tea Party Council and demand that Peg Dunmire, the "Florida Tea Party candidate" against* Grayson, drop out of the race. Dunmire and party director Fred O'Neil showed up. Things got... well, not ugly, but not pretty, either.
The legislation split conservatives and had activists griping about the NRA, which -- while not endorsing the bill -- got a carve-out that was written in a way that exempted them from campaign finance restrictions.
PAUL: I was listening to some people on the Hill today, and they were looking for the justification for setting it up. I don't know what the legal justification is -- I'm not an expert in whether Congress has to give you authority or the president has authority to do it. Those issues take research and time, and I'm not going to make an off-the-cuff response.
Way back on March 3, Lyndon LaRouche supporter Kesha Rogers won the right to challenge Rep. Pete Olson (R-Tex.) in the 22nd district of Texas. A few reporters noticed; I talked to Olson briefly after the election and we both remarked on his luck. But she faded until this week when, for some reason, conservative bloggers noticed Rogers and began asking whether the media was covering up for her. Was it, asked Jim "Gateway Pundit" Hoft, because the press doesn't want to reveal that it's LaRouche activists, not conservatives, comparing the president to Hitler.
"I wanted to get him before or the day after he got elected," said Bunning, "because I knew all the papers would immediately turn on him. And they did I would have told him, as soon as you win the nomination, they're your enemy, and the more you recognize that the better off you are, because then you can be a little more careful about how you approach some of our wonderful papers like the Herald-Ledger and the Courier-Journal."
A few weeks ago, reporters and pundits were dumping ice water on the narrative that 2010 would be a "year of the black Republican." But last night, South Carolina's Tim Scott was only one of two African-Americans who locked down GOP nominations for Congress. The other, Bill Randall, won a runoff in North Carolina and will face adroit Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.). Miller has faced off against black Republicans in the past, and Randall enters the race most famous for wondering whether government "collusion" led to the BP spill. So this might be a case of a black candidate garnering headlines but acting, effectively, as a sacrificial lamb.