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GOP stable

Posted: February 15, 2011 3:22 p.m.
Updated: February 16, 2011 5:00 a.m.

With President Obama having come forth with a proposed budget that’s big on tax increases and small on spending cuts, political eyes will be turning toward Republicans to see which GOP hopeful will step out and establish a position as a frontrunner. Incumbent presidents have a terrific advantage, but the 2010 Democratic debacle is full indication that Obama won’t be a shoo-in for another term in the White House. Kershaw County voters will be keeping their eyes on the race, just as voters across the country will.

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) recently held its annual gathering in Washington, and though gadfly Ron Paul was the winner in the presidential straw poll, veteran observers say he did little to further his cause. Some believe former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the big winner at CPAC. Meanwhile, Sarah Palin was again noticeably absent at CPAC but made news as she began to put together a staff that some say is the first step in her campaign for the White House. Palin has her own following but it will probably not translate into broad-based support.

Conservative Republicans are flexing their muscles in light of their strong showing in last November’s election. They believe Americans are fed up with a government that spends money at a dizzying pace, and they are confident that Obama isn’t addressing the problem but is instead paying lip service to the country’s unsustainable deficits. Romney, Palin and others will be jockeying hard to try to rise to the front of the pack. Stay tuned.



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