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“Both Rick Santorum and James Dobson, the former deity of Focus on the Family, had endorsed Sanford’s opponent. If the religious right can’t beat Mark Sanford in a Republican primary in South Carolina, can it win anywhere?”

Frank Rich on former SC Gov. Mark Sanford’s primary run-off victory Tuesday night for his old House seat.

Rand Paul Wins CPAC Poll

Rand Paul won the CPAC straw poll today for 2016 nominee.  A GOP nominee Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could love.

He got 25% of the vote, and Marco Rubio got 23%.

Rick Santorum was third, and Chris Christie (who didn’t get an invitation to speak) was fourth.

There were 23 names on the ballot.

CPAC skews younger — much younger — than the typical Republican voter.

Forget Obama — Fox Feuds with Gingrich, Santorum, Palin

Having complained about Fox’s bias toward Mitt, Newtie is now unwelcome at Fox, where he was a paid contributor before he ran for president.

So too is Rick Santorum, who had complained in March that Fox was “shilling for Romney.”  Fox also revealed that Santorum’s contract with them was only in the five, not the six, figures.  They apparently did this to hurt his negotiating position with another network.

So Roger Ailes won’t be rehiring Newtie and Frothy.

What about Sarah Palin, whose contract continues through 2013?  Now Ailes has upset her, saying, “Sarah Palin had no chance to be President.  The one I didn’t hire was Romney. I thought he had a chance [to be President] … I hired people I thought would get ratings.”

Palin huffily responded, “I wonder if he is aware that the same thing was said about me when I ran for city council, mayor, and eventually governor.  No doubt many people who are told they can’t do something will work that much harder, and they succeed.”

As for the Fox Mole, Joe Muto, his fifteen minutes continues.  He’ll be on CNN on Sunday.

Newtie Doesn’t Get the Memo

Newtie has released a statement vowing to stay in the race till Tampa and asking Santorum’s supporters to join him.

Newt has no money and is not about to sell off Callista’s Tiffany baubles to keep going.  He’ll just continue Wizard-of-Oz style as a giant talking head rather than as a functioning campaign.

Mitt has the nomination he’s been fighting for since early in his single term as Massachusetts governor.  The only remaining question is whether that nomination is worth anything.