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Dogs Against Romney 2/15/12
A press release hit my in box announcing a press conference by Dogs Against Romney during the Westminster Dog Show. The dogs are protesting Mitt Romney’s transporting his dog for 12 hours strapped to the roof of his car.

Why Eric Holder Has Sheldon Adelson By The Balls 2/8/12
Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has given a Super-Pac supporting Newt Gingrich at least ten million dollars and probably more. Adelson signaled in the New York Times on Sunday February 4th that GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney needn’t worry. The Nevada billionaire says he will be there financially for Mitt after Romney wins the nomination. With friends like this Newt doesn’t need enemies.

Those Kennedy Boys And Their Poppers 2/8/12
The New York Post broke a story Sunday in which Mimi Alford told of an affair she had with John F. Kennedy when she was 19 years old. Among the bombshell revelations is that JFK popped a capsule of amyl nitrate and waived it under her nose at a swinging Los Angeles party even though she said she didn't want to inhale the drug, which causes a sexual high.

Christie Goes Korean-American 2/8/12
Governor Chris Christie made a shrewd appointments recently when he a Korean American on the state Supreme Court. This could be brilliant positioning for 2016. The Korean-American community is growing in both affluence and political clout.

Was Nixon Gay? No, But That Doesn't Stop The Rumor Mill. 1/30/12
Richard Nixon was many things -- crafty, criminal, self-pitying, vengeful, paranoid. But gay According to a book to be released Tuesday, "Nixon's Darkest Secrets," the former president and his best friend, Charles "Bebe" Rebozo, had a relationship of a "possibly homosexual nature." But author Don Fulsom, a former radio reporter who covered the White House from Lyndon Johnson's presidency to Bill Clinton's, provides scant evidence for this claim. No new White House tapes. No love letters, incriminating pictures or diary entries. No recently declassified government documents. Just a recollection from retired journalist Bonnie Angelo, who, in an interview with me, confirmed the story she told Fulsom: In 1972, she saw a tipsy Nixon pull Rebozo into a group photo at a Florida restaurant and hold his hand for "upwards of a minute."

Roger Stone Handicaps Florida 1/30/12
HIALEAH, FLORIDA -- Ran into Roger Stone at a Mitt Romney rally, which isn't THAT surprising considering that a) the man is a political junkie and b) he spends a lot of time down in the Sunshine State. Here are the ODT (Original Dirty Trickster)'s quick-hit thoughts on Tuesday's vote.

Is The Obama Administration Illegally Using Romney's Tax Records? 1/24/12
In what has been one of the few unforced errors of Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign, he will release his tax returns this Tuesday hoping to put the rest what on its face is a campaign misstep. On the other hand, if every deduction and tax treatment in Romney's tax returns is legal he should pay no penalty. What is he supposed to say? Let me voluntarily pay 10% more.

Republicans Form Circular Firing Squad 1/16/12
On the eve of the presidential nomination of Barry Goldwater at the 1964 Republican National Convention, Pennsylvania Governor William Scranton released a letter to the Senator accusing him of "nuclear irresponsibility" and "supporting a whole crazy-quilt collection of absurd and dangerous positions". In his last-minute attempt to wrest the Republican nomination from Goldwater, Scranton handed Lyndon Johnson the cudgel the Texan then used to beat Goldwater to death. Governors Nelson Rockefeller and George Romney (Mitt's father) piled on and then stood by as Johnson and the Democrats depicted Goldwater as a "trigger-happy extremist". Thus, Republicans supplied the ammunition used to kill their chances of regaining the White House.

The GOP Race: Romney Hanging On, Paul Performs, Rick Sinking, Newt Snarls 1/9/12
Running for the President of the United States is not a sprint; it's a marathon. General Eisenhower said, "Plans are worthless but planning is indispensable." Mitt Romney has meticulously planned his path to the White House; while his newest challenger Santorum has been methodical, patient and hardworking; his campaign is still being run by the seat of his pants.

StoneZone's 2011 Best And Worst Dressed 1/2/12
Mr. Blackwell of Hollywood sat as an arbiter of fashion by publishing a yearly list of the 10 Best and Worst Dressed People in the Demi-monde. Although best known for his "Worst Dressed"list, he maintained a successful career as a fashion journalist. Richard Blackwell was a powerful syndicated columnist who wrote features in newspapers and lifestyle magazines. Matrons and starlets, stockbrokers and models, politicians and prize-fighters all jockeyed to be included. Blackwell's critiques could be cutting. Being included in Mr. Blackwell's Best Dressed list could quickly improve one's social standing in New York, Miami or Hollywood while being included in his worst dressed list could doom one to social Siberia.

The GOP's Hispanic Secret Weapon 12/21/11
There is a Hispanic Republican who, as the Republican candidate for Vice President in 2012, would pave major inroads into the Hispanic American vote and help put the Republican ticket over the top. He's handsome, conservative and well spoken. He is fluent in Spanish and English. He could be the Republican's secret weapon. And he is not Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.

Mitt's Plans 12/21/11
"Plans are meaningless but planning is indispensable." -General of the Armies Dwight D. Eisenhower. "Discipline is nine-tenths of politics." -John P. Sears, Campaign Manager for Ronald Reagan and aide to President Richard M. Nixon. Ike was probably the greatest President in my lifetime. Eisenhower gave America four years of peace and prosperity, avoided foreign military entanglements and adamantly refused pressure to create deficits to fuel increased military spending. Eisenhower also sent the National Guard to Little Rock to enforce a new Civil Rights Law and was vilified by segregationists across the south for doing do.

A Miscarriage Of Justice 12/21/11
When veteran Democratic political operative Kelly Conlin was caught stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the NARAL, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance limited the charges against Conlin to only a limited period of her thievery and did not examine the entire period during which Conlin was ripping off her employer. Conlin, influential in Manhattan's liberal Democratic and abortion rights circles, was allowed to plead guilty in return for no jail time.

The Fat Man Speaks 12/13/11
Former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu, who served as Bush 41's White House Chief of Staff, is a piece of work. When he served as Governor in the waning days of Ronald Reagan's final term, I was quietly scouting the Granite State for a Presidential bid by Congressman Jack Kemp. Sununu insisted to me he was entirely uncommitted on a date my partner Lee Atwater confirmed to me was after the Governor had privately pledged his allegiance to Vice President George Bush. In other words, Sununu lied to my face. Lied without blinking. Lied like a rug dealer.

The New Newt 12/9/11
The current surge by former speaker Newt Gingrich puts him in strong contention to wrest the Republican Presidential Nomination from previous frontrunner Mitt Romney.Gingrich is the" last man standing” among the candidates who were drawing from the pool of voters who will not support Romney.

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