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If there's one outcome of the Juan Williams firing that should surprise no one, it's that the right has jumped to his defense and condemned the desecration of his first amendment rights by the evil left-wing NPR, (which, by the way, should be investigated for something or other, and who even cares what he said about Muslims because everyone was thinking it anyway).

But what many of these conservative pundits have forgotten is how they sang a slightly different tune when certain other journalists were let go for making comments that offended the right.

Let's take a look back...

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After CBS News reported today that Democrats are showing strong numbers at early voting polls, FreedomWorks CEO Dick Armey offered his theory as to why: Those Dems are committing voter fraud.

Appearing on Fox News this afternoon, he told Neil Cavuto that Democrats vote early because there's "less ballot security," creating a "great opportunity" for fraud. He also claimed that such fraudulent early voting is "pinpointed to the major urban areas. The inner city."

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Eight former and current officials from Bell, California pleaded not guilty today to charges that they used public funds to inflate their salaries for part-time elected positions.

Some of the officials, who were arrested in September, made up to $96,000 a year for part-time jobs -- 20 times the national average. Former City Manager Robert Rizzo banked nearly $800,000 a year.

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Spike Maynard, the Republican candidate against Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) has a new spot up that claims Rahall is tied to terrorism and that he is "good for the Middle East." This is all quite interesting when one considers that Rahall is Arab-American, a Christian of Lebanese descent.

"Five things you deserve to know about Nick Rahall," the announcer says. "He's taken campaign cash from a group with terror ties -- and from Alamoudi, now a convicted terrorist. Rahall helped Qatar, while his sister was a registered foreign agent for them. He brags, (video clip of Rahall) 'I happen to have been an early supporter of Barack Obama.' And Rahall voted for Obamacare. Nick Rahall -- good for the Middle East, good for Obama -- bad for America."

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Examples of female politicians questioning their male rivals' manhood are about a dime a dozen at this point. Christine O'Donnell told her primary opponent Mike Castle to get his "man-pants" on. Sharron Angle told Harry Reid to "man up" and gut Social Security. Democrat Robin Carnahan told her Missouri Senate rival Roy Blunt to repeal his own health care..."and man up." Sarah Palin said Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has "the cojones" that to tackle immigration reform that Barack Obama could use -- just one of many times she emasculated some of her enemies: "impotent, limp, and gutless reporters" and Republicans who won't "man up" and support the Tea Party.

Now one of the men on the receiving end of this phallic fusillade is turning the tables.

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The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has a new ad in the West Virginia Senate race, attacking Republican businessman John Raese as being out of touch with working people.

"John Raese opposes the minimum wage. But around here, we know it's about a second job to help pay bills," the announcer says. "Raese opposes cracking down on China's unfair trade practices. We know it's about fairness, a chance to compete. And Raese signed a pledge that protected tax breaks for corporations sending jobs overseas. We know 'Made in America' should mean something again. And we know, West Virginia can't afford John Raese."

The TPM Poll Average gives Raese a narrow lead of 46.8%-45.6% over Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin.

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The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has a new ad in the Illinois Senate race, with veterans attacking Republican nominee Mark Kirk for his past false statements about his military record, and his votes against combat bonuses and job training for veterans.

"Honor and integrity," says one veteran. "That's what military service is all about."

"But Mark Kirk didn't tell the truth about his," another says.

After veterans go through Kirk's various votes, one of them concludes: "Mark Kirk serves himself -- not us."

The TPM Poll Average gives Kirk 44.1%, Democratic nominee Alexi Giannoulias 42.3%, and Green Party candidate LeAlan Jones 3.6%.

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Earlier this week, Todd Seavey accomplished quite a feat. He made a C-SPAN clip go viral. The nerdy, bizarre revenge rant he unleashed on his ex-girlfriend, Helen Rittelmeyer, as she sat next to him at a panel for the "voices of the next conservative generation," cut across political views, and thousands delighted in watching this spurned lover vent, libertarian-style. But he wasn't finished. On Tuesday, Seavey took to his blog to react to the clip's popularity, and share his views on the incident. He called his actions a "public intervention."

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Karl Rove, in a speech to the Republican National Lawyers Association in 2006, thanked the group for their work in previous elections and called for voter I.D. laws.

"We have in some parts of the country, I'm afraid to say, beginning to look like we have elections like the ones run in countries where the guys in charge are colonels in mirrored sunglasses, it's a real problem," Rove said. "And I appreciate all that you're doing in those hotspots of the country to ensure that the ballot is -- the integrity of the ballot is protected because it is important to our democracy."

He then went on to list as problematic many of the states where the George W. Bush Administration would soon fire U.S. Attorneys for failing to bring indictments against Democrats for voter fraud, amongst other reasons.

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Christine O'Donnell has made no secret of her desire to serve, if elected, on the prestigious Senate Foreign Relations Committee. So eager is she for the position that she discusses it as if it were fait accompli.

In a debate last night with her opponent Chris Coons, O'Donnell was unable to name a single Senate Democrat she could work constructively with -- but did describe her future professional relationship with the Secretary of State.

"Hillary Clinton is someone that I look forward to working with," O'Donnell said. "As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee in the U.S. Senate I will have direct conversations with her about where we should be taking our foreign policy and I look forward to that."

Asked earlier this month on Fox News whether she believes Iran will develop nuclear weapons, O'Donnell demurred, "You know, I don't know, I don't have access to the intelligence information that would help make that decision. Perhaps as a U.S. senator sitting on the Foreign Relations Committee, I will. That's one, I would love that."

And, semi-related, in 2006 O'Donnell claimed that she already had access to classified information on the secret Chinese plot to take over the United States.

Even if she wins, though, her ascension is anything but guaranteed. When it comes to a committee slot, O'Donnell will face more obstacles than just winning in November.

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