Virgil Goode

Ralph Nader has spent the last two decades fighting to get into a presidential debate. Last night, he got to host one.

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Steve Lombardo at pollster.com surveys the good political news for Republicans. There's a lot of it: We are in one of the longest sustained periods of voter dissatisfaction in modern history. Except for a few weeks in the spring of 2009, perceptions of the direction of the country have been strongly "wrong track" since the invasion of Iraq in 2003. That is seven years. The only comparable period is 1973-1983. This helps explain why we are in the middle of a third successive "change" election. Moreover, trust in government to do what is right is at an all-time low.

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Goode Grief

The case of Virginia representative and all-around class act Virgil Goode has been getting a lot of ink lately, and for good reason: The five-term Republican recently sent a letter to constituents expressing outrage that Keith Ellison, a new Democratic representative from Minnesota, was planning to use the Koran at his swearing in ceremony.

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