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Noted and passed - March 26, 2012

Posted: March 23, 2012 11:32 a.m.
Updated: March 26, 2012 5:00 a.m.

• We notice that Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has, as some used to say with regularity, “done gone to quoting the Bible” in his attempt to win the White House. Gingrich told a recent audience that Proverbs warns that “without vision, people will perish.” Time has proven that people often try hard to prove things by using statistics and the Bible, both of which can be manipulated. We’d prefer he stay away from the scriptures when it comes to touting his own candidacy.

• With Lt. Gov. (and former Senate president pro tem) Glenn McConnell saying he won’t run again for his old Senate seat, speculation on various possibilities in South Carolina politics has calmed a bit. One scenario that hasn’t been mentioned is McConnell mounting a Republican challenge to Gov. Nikki Haley in 2014. Haley’s approval ratings are anemic, and McConnell’s a shrewd pol. It at least provides fodder for conversation.

• Rosie O’Donnell’s talk show on Oprah Winfrey’s new network has been canceled after only a few months, and staffers for the outspoken celebrity are filling newspapers with quotes about how difficult she was to work with. O’Donnell was free with insults and cared little for others’ feelings, often humiliating them in front of others, staffers have been quoted as saying. She’s often seemed self-centered to us -- that’s not too unusual for Hollywood celebs, eh? -- and there won’t be many mourning her TV demise.

• March Madness is in full swing, and there is a growing sentiment that college basketball officiating is getting worse and worse. Of course, instant replay allows viewers to see slow-motion plays that are much easier to call from an easy chair than they are in the heat of battle on the court. But we'll agree that the art of refereeing seems to be headed downhill, and top executives of the major conferences don't seem very concerned about it.

• Mitt Romney has had a hard time shaking a challenge from the right wing of the Republican Party, with Rick Santorum still hanging on. However, Ron Paul still hasn't won a single primary and has become nothing more than a footnote. It's time for Paul to bow out and admit that he has no chance.

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