How Fox News Is Ruining the GOP

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Would more House Republicans rather have John Boehner's job or Sean Hannity's? How many Republican presidential candidates would rather be in a Fox News studio than the White House? The wave of stunt candidates so far -- Donald Trump, Herman Cain -- and those who have opted out of the race to keep their TV gigs -- Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin -- suggests the answer is a non-zero number. Even seemingly serious establishment candidate Tim Pawlenty has reportedly hit up Roger Ailes for a post-campaign contract (Ailes shot him down.) If the GOP's presidential circus this year has taught us anything it's the allure of conservative media over Republican politics, and media seems to be winning.

Tea Partiers have two career tracks: get elected or become a pundit. And it often seems like they're using one to audition for the other. Louisiana Rep. Tom Graves, whom his local newspaper describes as a guy with "a far noisier, more peppery style, [who has] proven quite adept at drawing free media attention," is one of the House freshmen who, as we noted earlier, House Speaker John Boehner is having a hard time controlling, largely because the top Republican on Capitol Hill doesn't have much to offer him. Graves, of course, is a popular guest on Fox.

Donald Trump scored a regular spot on Fox & Friends by claiming his researchers had found evidence Obama might not have been born in America.

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