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GOP hopefuls angle for advantage, Obama goes for secret donations

As Republican presidential hopefuls position themselves, party leaders look for more “responsible adults” to run. Meanwhile, Obama’s campaign will solicit secret donations, which he once criticized.

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So did Michelle Bachman, who invoked the Holocaust to warn of doing nothing while "watching quite literally our economic liberty pulled out from under us."

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Remember Sarah Palin? She seems to have slipped into the background. According to Gallup this past week, 65 percent of those surveyed say they definitely would not vote for her (a percentage point worse than Donald Trump) – including 37 percent of Republicans.

As the GOP pack continues to swirl about, some party leaders are hoping that more serious, substantial candidates will join in – including, perhaps, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, and especially Gov. Daniels.

“The race needs more responsible adults who can actually do the job,” Fergus Cullen, a former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, told the New York Times.

Meanwhile, the Obama reelection effort is preparing for the inevitable onslaught of highly-funded campaign attacks, fighting fire with fire.

It’s formed two independent fund-raising outfits to counter conservative groups like Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads, used so successfully by Karl Rove and others in the 2010 midterm elections to give Obama and congressional Democrats a shellacking.

One of those new Democratic groups will not disclose its donor list – the kind of thing Obama has strongly criticized.

But as former White House senior advisor David Axelrod said on NBC's "Meet the Press” Sunday, “You can’t expect one side to operate under one set of rules and the other side to operate under another.”

Or as the late, great California lawmaker Jesse “Big Daddy” Unruh once said: “Sometimes you have to rise above principle.”

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