When the Daily Beast objects to anti-Cheney venom, you’ve gone too far. “For [Sen. Rand] Paul, America’s Iraq debacle was a mercenary swap of blood for several billion dollars in federal contracts to Cheney’s former company to do everything from put out oil field fires to provide housing for soldiers. That is some serious military-industrial complex paranoia. . . . [I]t’s one thing to accuse the former veep of ideologically driven Machiavellianism; ’tis quite another to suggest that he did what he did out of loyalty to his Halliburton cronies. That is a far darker charge that, while already generating glee on the left, is also the kind of right-on-the-knife’s-edge-of-nuttiness conspiracy-spinning likely to bite Paul on the butt as he tries to capture his party’s nomination.”

Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., on Thursday, March 6, 2014. CPAC, a project of the American Conservative Union (ACU), runs until Saturday, March 8. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Bobby Jindal Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has gone to see for himself what churches can do. “Congressman Paul Ryan stood and sung songs with more than 100 men and boys inside Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church. Ryan joined others inside for the church’s Men’s Boot Camp. The camp is a ministry at the church. During a two week stretch the men and boys meet at 5:45 in the morning. . . . The mission is to equip men to face life challenges. The camp offers mentoring, marriage counseling and employment training.”

GOP governors — South Carolina’s Nikki Haley, Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, Kansas’s Sam Brownback, Florida’s Rick Scott, Iowa’s Terry Branstad and Alaska’s Sean Parnell —  have gone a long way toward keeping the GOP brand from ruin. Their ad could be a presidential video for one or more of them or their GOP peers.

GOP challenger Ben Ellis has gone to the right of Rep. Jason Amash (R-Mich.): Justin Amash talks conservative, but he voted against the Balanced Budget Amendment, against the ban on gender selection abortions and with President Obama 51 percent of the time. Justin Amash thinks it’s okay to vote with Obama instead of us because he explains his votes on Facebook. I believe an elected official’s vote is what counts, and there is no legitimate explanation for Justin Amash, the representative from this district, voting 51 percent of the time with President Obama. Amash has also been a prime opponent of anti-terrorism surveillance.

Has the minimum wage bill gone down the drain? “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Tuesday that a vote to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour will not take place for another three weeks.” Hmm. Maybe the predicted job losses associated with it have given Democrats cold feet.

Another tea party-backed Senate campaign seems to have gone downhill. A GOP polling outfit has Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) up 52 to 35 percent over Chris McDaniel.

Once we’ve gone down that road,there’s no end to it. “The CEO and co-founder of the company that led the charge to oust Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich last week for his $1,000 campaign donation to define marriage as a man and a woman in California in 2008 also contributed to a campaign that . . . supported defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.” I remember when CEOs were hired because they would run the company profitably.