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The Clay County Advocate - Press-Flora, IL
  • On Second Thought

  • A lighthearted look at news of the day.
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  • A lighthearted look at news of the day:Contrary to popular belief, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s pollster wasn’t wrong about the primary election in Virginia last week. He just had a margin of error of plus or minus 45 percent.---One of the pollsters told Politico that Democrats in Virginia might have organized to vote in the Republican primary for Cantor’s opponent, while pollsters were surveying only Republican voters. Call it the vast left-wing tea party conspiracy.---Cantor learned that it doesn’t matter how far to the right you sit at a tea party, someone is always righter.---Cantor spent $5 million and ran a campaign with the help of some of Virginia’s most seasoned political veterans. The winner, economics professor Dave Brat, spent $300,000 and had a 23-year-old campaign manager. Just wait a couple of years. Brat’s challenger will spend no money and have staffers who do nothing but take selfies all day in their high school classes, but he or she will claim to be the true conservative.---Having lost all his political power, Cantor will now have to slink into the ranks of the unemployed, faced with only a few options, including making untold millions as a lobbyist.---Meanwhile, all those people hollering for campaign finance reform were outraged by the idea that someone could gain power without money, influence or tougher laws to keep them from getting either of those things.---Hmm. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was in Utah last week and I-15 was down to one lane during rush hour in Davis County. Coincidence?---Christie was in Utah for a meeting of high-powered Republican leaders, hosted by Mitt Romney. The guest list included former Secretary of State George Shultz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and NFL quarterback Peyton Manning. Romney probably invited Manning to lead his team in the touch football game during the lunch break. Politicians don’t like to lose at anything.---Hillary Clinton told ABC’s Diane Sawyer that she and her husband were broke and in debt when they left the White House, so they can sympathize with every down-and-out American who has to rely on thrift stores and $200,000 speaking fees.---Fortunately, the Clintons have been able to scrape together about $100 million over the last 14 years, proving that it’s not how much you make, it’s how you live on what you make.

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