By Elizabeth DiNovella on December 03, 2012

Now that the shellacking of Mitt Romney is over, conservatives are ready to move on to the next Presidential election in 2016. GOP hopefuls have been wasting no time in meeting with the billionaires who dumped scads of money into this year's race.

Politico reports that a week after Election Day, three Republican governors who want to be Prez -- Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, and Bob McDonnell -- paid individual visits to super PAC sugar daddy Sheldon Adelson in Las Vegas, hoping to be the casino mogul's next Newt Gingrich.

Vegas was hosting the Republican Governors Association at the time, so it was easy to stop by and say hello.

The more ambitious GOP guvs arrived in Vegas before the Republican Governors Association conference started in order to attend to the association's high-roller Executive Roundtable, a program for the GOP donors with deep pockets and deep connections.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a favorite of wealthy conservatives for going after collective bargaining, made his way to the Republican Governors Association's Executive Roundtable. (He was also elected to the RGA executive committee.)

Politico reports that Walker is still tight with donors in the Koch brothers' network, including billionaire media mogul Stanley Hubbard.

Walker is "not going to win a beauty contest, probably, but he's a down-to-earth real person who is able to communicate solutions to people," said Hubbard who wrote big checks to the super PAC backing Romney, the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity, and Karl Rove's Crossroads outfit. "And the one thing that Mr. Romney wasn't was a communicator. He couldn't communicate with anybody."

Hubbard, a Minnesota television station owner who has attended Koch donor summits for years, went on to say he would raise money for a Walker Presidential campaign and would consider donating to a pro-Walker super PAC.

On Tuesday, Walker will be among the group of governors who will meet with President Obama at the White House to discuss the so-called fiscal cliff. Will a White House visit only whet Walker's appetite for a Presidential bid? Time will tell.

If you liked this story by Elizabeth DiNovella, the Culture Editor of The Progressive magazine, check out her story "Scott Walker's Wisconsin Starting to Seem Like Illinois."

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A plea to United States citizens to work for peace

An Indian journalist globally renowned as an advocate for the poor, Palagummi Sainath detailed the detrimental...

By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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