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Michele Bachmann’s star has faded since she won the Ames Straw poll in Iowa this summer. First Rick Perry, then Herman Cain, then Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, and most recently Rick Santorum surpassed her in the polls as the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. But a Super PAC supporting her candidacy is running TV ads urging Iowans not to lose hope. She might lack the fundamentals, but like Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, she’s a born-again Christian and might pull off a fourth-quarter miracle:


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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Viktor Orban

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Nobody should still pretend to be shocked that the Conservative Political Action Conference, an entity no longer "conservative" in any meaningful sense, would feature an appearance by an authoritarian leader like Viktor Orban. The Hungarian autocrat is the idol of the international far Right. He has repeatedly enjoyed the bootlicking attentions of Tucker Carlson on Fox News and indeed, CPAC chairman Matt Schlapp led his gang to celebrate Orban in Budapest earlier this year.

What makes Orban so alluring to the American far rightists is his example as an illiberal politician who, unlike their idol former President Donald Trump, has managed to corrupt Hungarian democracy so thoroughly as to guarantee his own continuing rule.

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