I’m sorry to report that I’m still down. If I am not back before then, I’ll update you after my doctor appointment Monday.
The best thing I can say about the Nevada Caucuses is that I slept through them. Romney outspent his opponents, as always, and sailed to an easy victory. Gingrich was a distant second. Santorum was fourth, but it appears that he is now trying to froth his way into a VP spot. No other Republican candidate is worthy of mention.
Mitt Romney handily won the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, solidifying his status as the front-runner and increasing his momentum as he seeks to use the month of February to ease doubts within the Republican Party about his candidacy and begin confronting President Obama.
Mr. Romney ran well ahead of his three opponents on a night that delivered his second decisive first-place finish in four days, following his victory in the Florida primary on Tuesday.
Mr. Romney appeared elated as he took the stage at his election headquarters at the Red Rock casino hotel here, kissing his wife, Ann, who reminded the crowd that Nevada would be important in a general election, and hugging his sons before delivering a speech geared toward the fall…
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Here are the latest stats with 43% reporting.
And here is the current delegate count.
On Tuesday, Missouri has a primary. Colorado and Minnesota have caucuses.
Yesterday I slept late. I ducked my email to finally attack that huge pile of paperwork and got it done in a few hours. I napped in the late afternoon. I’m current with replies. Tomorrow I have housework to do. What dominated the news today was Republicans attacking Republicans over attacking another Republican for acting like a Republican.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today it took me 3:44 (average 4:25). To do it click here. How did you do?
From USA Today: The Justice Department is defending the legality of President Obama’s recent recess appointment of a national consumer watchdog and other officials from criticism by Republicans.
The department released a 23-page legal opinion Thursday summarizing the advice it gave the White House before the Jan. 4 appointments. Assistant Attorney General Virginia Seitz wrote that the president has authority to make such appointments during a congressional recess of the current length. Seitz argued the Senate’s periodic pro forma sessions in which no business is conducted have not enabled the chamber to advise and consent to regular nominations, as it is empowered to do under the Constitution.
That makes sense to me. The sham pro-forma sessions left the Senate out of session for purposes of fulfilling their duty to advise and consent.
From Crooks and Liars: Less than two days after the NYCLU demanded that Brookfield Properties remove the barricades preventing the public from accessing Zuccotti Park, the property management company has done just that. Tuesday evening, the barricades were removed and stacked off to the sides, permitting visitors to enter the park.
With freedom comes responsibility; according to one occupier, “Brookfield Security said unless we do something stupid the park will remain open!”
Good for them. I’m glad they got the park back.
From Alternet: It’s almost as if Republicans are actively striving to get a reputation for being mean to poor, hungry people. On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the administration of Gov. Tom Corbett plans to start restricting eligibility to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as the food stamp program). Specifically, the state is imposing an “asset test” — anyone under 60 years old with savings of more than $2,000 is no longer eligible for assistance.
Here Republicans are making certain that, before a needy family can get food, that have to be unable to buy medicine and pay medical expenses.