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Cain’s ‘2-5-0’ plan; Ron Paul’s army awaits orders; and ethically challenged lawmakers get kid-glove treatment (read-this roundup)

Herman Cain still has a bus with his face on it. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

For starters, the helpful folks over at the Fix have our Super Tuesday soundtrack figured out.

But any day in which we can recall the glory days of Herman Cain is pretty super in our book: The former GOP aspirant is endorsing Newt Gingrich’s pledge to push the price of a gallon of gas under $2.50, and dubbing it “Two-Five-Zero.”

According to our colleague Amy Gardner: “ ‘I told him, because of the success of 9-9-9, you need a real simple, captivating way to tell the public what the objective is,’ Cain said in a short interview following his appearance with Gingrich.”

And although staffers for Rep. Ron Paul chafe at the notion that his campaign amounts to a “cult of personality,” there are indications that his supporters certainly are a loyal army. Looking ahead to a general election in which Paul is certainly not going to be the nominee, reports our colleague Sandhya Somashekhar, Paul supporters are awaiting “marching orders” from the man himself on whether to throw their support behind Mitt Romney, the likely GOP victor.

And in the same story, Rick Tyler, who heads a super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich, had the following good news/bad news assessment of the Paul army: “Their energy is amazing,” he said, particularly among young people, one of the GOP’s weakest groups. But, he added, “many of them, they cannot concede a point ever. Ron Paul is right about everything, and if you bring up a countervailing point, they get mad at you rather than admit that’s a good point.”

And while everyone’s focused on all things Super Tuesday, our colleague Ben Pershing points out that leaders of both parties in Congress have treated members accused of ethics problems with kid gloves.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.


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