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Although you wouldn’t guess it from watching his network, News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch apparently doesn’t think that Mitt Romney will defeat President Barack Obama in the 2012 election.

Murdoch tweeted on Sunday morning that, unless Romney shakes up his campaign team, it’s “doubtful” that he will be our next president.

 

He later added “US election is referendum on Obama, all else pretty minor.”

Murdoch’s shot at Romney’s “old friends” may have been directed at Romney’s close adviser Eric Fehrnstrom, who famously declared that Romney will erase his positions from the primaries “like an Etch a Sketch.” If that’s the case, then Murdoch presumably isn’t happy about Fehrnstom’s latest break from the party’s message, when he told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd that Romney does not believe that the individual mandate is a tax.

Although Murdoch doesn’t appear to be a big believer in Romney, Fox News has been in the former Massachusetts governor’s corner from day one. Romney has praised the network’s coverage of his campaign, and his top two rivals for the Republican nomination — Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum — both complained that Fox News was in the tank for Romney during the primaries.

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Sean Parnell, the Trump-anointed candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania, dropped out of the race a week ago after a custody hearing that featured lurid details of his relationship with his ex-wife. Laurie Snell alleged that Parnell had struck her, choked her, left her by the side of the road and hit one of their sons hard enough to leave a welt on the boy's back. Parnell countered that she had invented all of it.

Custody battles are infamous for exaggerated accusations and heated denials, and it's difficult for outsiders to know whom to believe and how much. But Parnell's comments off the witness stand didn't burnish his credibility. Appearing on Fox Nation, for example, Parnell opined, "I feel like the whole 'happy wife, happy life' nonsense has done nothing but raise one generation of woman tyrants after the next." He wasn't finished. "Now there's an entire generation of men that don't want to put up with the BS of a high-maintenance, narcissistic woman." Well. Someone seems to be dealing with anger issues. The would-be — er, rather, won't-be — senator concluded with a short sermon on biology: "From an evolutionary standpoint, it used to be, you know, women were attracted to your strength because you could defend them from dinosaurs." Where does the GOP find these geniuses?

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