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Drive-By Muthings: November 11, 2012

* I’m sure CIA chief David Patreus resigning over an extramarital affair just days after Obama’s re-election was just a coincidence and had nothing to do with the Benghazi fuster-cluck. Well, pretty sure. Actually, no…I don’t believe in coincidences. The scandal and cover-up just went deeper.

* Don’t get too worked up over House Speaker John Boehner’s remark this week that “revenue increases” were on the table. By revenue increases, he’s talking about more tax revenue being generated by an improving economy, not tax hikes.

In fact, Boehner has declared that raising taxes on the rich is off the table and non-negotiable. President Barack Obama, on the other hand, says no deal without screwing the job-creating wealthy. We’ll have to wait to see who blinks.

* At least one tech-savvy GOP grassroots activist is quite displeased with the highly-hyped get-out-the-vote grassroots operation of Team Romney. Click here to read his criticisms.

* Nevada Sen. Dean Heller didn’t win because he moved back to the middle. He won because Shelley Berkley was an extremely flawed Democrat candidate whose campaign skills outside of her safe congressional district were extremely over-rated and over-hyped.

* Republican Wes Duncan’s upset victory over presumed Democrat Speaker Marcus Conklin isn’t so surprising considering how redistricting changed the district from a Democrat district to a GOP-friendly district. However, consider the money factor.

The RJ reports that Conklin spent a staggering $711,000 to save his bacon. Duncan, on the other hand, spent a relatively-speaking puny $123,000. A 7-1 disadvantage. Yes, money is absolutely important in elections, but is not necessarily determinative. Just ask Marcus Conklin.

* For her entire legislative career thus far, Assemblywoman Melissa Woodbury has represented a Democrat-majority district and has voted in decidedly moderate manner. It’ll be interesting to see how she votes in the 2013 session now that she has been re-districted into a decidedly “safe” Republican district. If she continues to vote the moderate line, don’t be surprised if she draws a GOP primary opponent in 2014.


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