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Portrait of a young boy and wheels of clay

The original 2004 cutline:  ROME, GA -- Samuel Douglas, 11, from Rome, Ga., runs alongside five time Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong during an uphill climb during time trials in Rome. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

The original 2004 cutline: ROME, GA — Samuel Douglas, 11, from Rome, Ga., runs alongside five time Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong during an uphill climb during time trials in Rome. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

My moral dilemma of the week was a prized photo that has followed me around for a number of years.

In the picture, a desperate 11-year-old boy, wrapped in an American flag, urges cycling hero Lance Armstrong through an uphill pull during a Rome time trial, part of the 2004 Tour de Georgia.

The photo, shot by Atlanta Journal-Constitution photographer Brant Sanderlin, sits in my office next to an advertisement for last year’s Sarah Palin documentary. The question is, what to do with it? The boy and his anguish — there is a look of stark pain on his face — were real. It is the cyclist who turned out to be fake.

Last week, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a massive case file with more than 1,000 pages and sworn testimony from Armstrong’s ex-teammates, who …

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Mountain vs. tea party, Zell Miller vs. Sarah Palin

Icons, it seems, are made for smashing. Or at least discarding.

Eight years after he became a GOP hero — especially in Georgia — for breaking ranks with his fellow Democrats and advocating a second term for President George W. Bush, Zell Miller stands an even chance of being deposed.

By the likes of Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and Rick Santorum, no less.

The Republican race for the new 9th Congressional District in North Georgia, drawn to be the most conservative in the state, has become a blistering mountain-vs.-tea party affair.

The 80-year-old former Georgia governor and U.S. senator from Young Harris stands behind state Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville. “I felt I had a mountain relationship with him,” Miller said.

But that quartet of cable TV veterans, all popular preachers on the tea party circuit, has endorsed Martha Zoller, a former talk radio host in Gainesville. “Martha is running against the establishment, which, as we know, is an uphill battle,” Palin …

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Sarah Palin’s winning streak ends with Senate race in Missouri

The election may have been in Missouri, but the two Republican campaigns for Georgia’s new 9th District, now in a runoff, had their eyes on Tuesday’s victory by U.S. Rep. Todd Akin in the GOP race to face down Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Doug Collins, who faces a Sarah Palin-endorsed Martha Zoller on Aug. 21 for the north Georgia seat, may have reason to hope.

Former Alaska Gov. and GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin/AP file

Former Alaska Gov. and GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin/AP file

From the Associated Press:

Akin, who described himself as the most conservative congressman in Missouri, defeated former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and businessman John Brunner in a race in which all three tried to appeal to conservative voters or tea party activists. He carried 36 percent of the vote, compared with 30 percent for Brunner and 29 percent for Steelman.

Steelman had enjoyed heavy support from Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee. Brunner had poured more than $7.5 million of his …

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Sarah Palin endorses Martha Zoller in 9th District race

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin this evening endorsed former talk radio host Martha Zoller, who has been positioning herself as a tea party favorite in the GOP race for the new 9th Congressional District.

The endorsement is an effective comeback for Zoller. Only last week, her chief rival, state Rep. Doug Collins, had been flashing his endorsement by former U.S. senator and Gov. Zell Miller.

Says Palin, as reported by the Zoller campaign:

“If you agree that it’s time our elected officials stopped talking at us and started listening to us, then I hope you will join me in supporting Martha Zoller….

“Martha is running against the establishment, which, as we know, is an uphill battle; but with all of our support she can win. In Congress, she’ll vote to cut spending, lower taxes, and repeal Obamacare. In addition to being pro-life and a firm defender of our Constitution, including our Second Amendment rights, Martha is a strong fiscal conservative….”

Zoller says she began seeking …

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Your morning jolt: Behind last year’s GOP debate over the debt ceiling

My AJC colleague Dan Malloy in Washington just finished the new book on the tea-party driven Class of 2010 of the U.S. House by Robert Draper.

“Do Not Ask What Good We Do” focuses on Republican freshmen Jeff Duncan of South Carolina and Allen West of Florida, Michigan Democrat octogenarian John Dingell. But Malloy notes that the book includes a closed-door vignette involving U.S. Reps. Phil Gingrey of Marietta and Tom Price of Roswell.

Less than a month before the Aug. 2 debt ceiling deadline, House Republican leaders had invited an economist named Jay Powell, a former Treasury Department official, to explain to the caucus the severe consequences of violating the deadline – beginning in that summer, when the government would only take in about a third of what it was obligated to spend. From Draper’s book:

“Gingrey…began by saying that until yesterday he had never heard of Powell’s Bipartisan Policy Center. ‘You did a nice job with your presentation,’ he said. ‘But we heard …

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Herman Cain nixes appearance on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

A spokeswoman for Herman Cain confirmed this morning that the former GOP presidential candidate was approached by ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” to appear on this season’s competition
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But Cain nixed the idea. “He can’t dance in an eight-count. He can only dance in a nine-count,” said Lisa Reichert, Cain’s executive assistant.

Nine-count. Get it? 9-9-9.

“Dancing with the Stars” has learned the advantages of mixing the quick-step with politics. Its 2010 season featured Bristol Palin, daughter of Sarah Palin, and former U.S. House majority leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas.

But wait, there’s more. USA Today reports that show producers were also eyeing Michele Bachmann.

Competitors for the 2012 season are to be announced Feb. 28. No doubt an attempt to compete for attention with that day’s primaries in Michigan and Arizona.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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The night the GOP elite said ‘enough’ to the tea party

Thoughts on tonight’s election in Florida:

– There’s no doubt but that Newt Gingrich will lose tonight. But the second biggest loser may be the tea party movement. It was in Florida that the GOP “establishment” – the definition will change according to the Republican at hand – said this far, but no further.

The crowd of old-hands that came out to endorse Mitt Romney and damn Newt Gingrich was extraordinary. John McCain, Bob Dole, Elliot Abrams – the list goes on. But perhaps even more significant is the diminution of the influence of the major voices of the tea party movement.

A snapshot of a deflated Newt Gingrich party in Orlando, by my AJC colleague Daniel Malloy

A snapshot of a deflated Newt Gingrich party in Orlando, by my AJC colleague Daniel Malloy

There is that late endorsement of favorite Herman Cain, of course. And Mark Levin. More important is the lack of punch carried by Sarah Palin, who 18 months ago could take credit for swaying gubernatorial elections, including here in Georgia. Here’s a portion of what the former governor of Alaska posted on Facebook …

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Your morning jolt: Herman Cain says he could support Mitt Romney, too

He may be about to take a shellacking in Florida, but GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has already posted a schedule that, after tonight, has him in Nevada through the end of this week.

Late last night, CNN declared that it had picked up hints that Gingrich would skip that state’s Saturday caucuses, and the upcoming contest in Michigan.

Gingrich will still have some cash after tonight. This was just Tweeted out by campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond:

“…[J]ust crossed $5 million raised for January ‘12. FEC report will show about $10 million raised in the last quarter of ‘11.”

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Herman Cain, once the Republican frontrunner in the presidential contest, watered down his endorsement of Newt Gingrich somewhat by saying – this morning, after campaigning with Gingrich on Monday – that he would also willing to support Mitt Romney if he wins the nomination.

From the Associated Press:

Cain told NBC’s “Today” show that he endorsed Gingrich and campaigned with him Monday because he …

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Sarah Palin: ‘If I were in South Carolina, I’d vote for Newt’

Her husband already said he’d vote for Newt Gingrich. Last night, in a conversation with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin didn’t make a formal endorsement, but recommended that – in order to keep the Republican primary contest going – South Carolina voters pick Gingrich on Saturday:

Said Palin:

“I can tell you what I would do if I were a South Carolinian…If I were a South Carolinian though, and each one of these primaries and caucuses are different, Sean, I want to see this thing continue because iron sharpens iron. Steel sharpens steel. These guys are getting better in their debates. They are getting more concise.

“They are getting more grounded in what their beliefs are and articulating what their ideas are to get America back on the right track and getting Americans working again. If I had to vote in South Carolina order to keep this thing going, I’d vote for Newt and I would want this to continue. More debates, more vetting of candidates. …

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Your morning jolt: Georgia emerges as the big dog on Super Tuesday

A fundraising email sent out by the Newt Gingrich campaign last night carried a subject line of “South Carolina or bust” and declared that state’s Jan. 21 primary to be “make or break for this campaign.”

We’ll have to wait until Jan. 22 to see whether that’s so. But Secretary of State Brian Kemp is hoping that the GOP presidential contest will hobble along until March 6.

Because Georgia has emerged as the state to win that day.

Last month, because of continued court wrangling over new district lines, Texas pulled out of Super Tuesday and postponed their presidential primary until April 3. “Their presidential primary serves as their regular primary. They didn’t want to have two elections,” Kemp said.

Texas and its 155 delegates — home to Gov. Rick Perry — would have been the primary target on March 6. Georgia has 76 delegates at stake.

Perhaps just as important, Virginia has sidelined itself by limiting its ballot to Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. Other candidates, the state party …

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