Bill shoots from the lip again. Huck readies himself to slay Goliath. Mitt friends try for Superbowl preemption. Paul woos Iranians.
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Bill bashes Ted, or does he? To take the shine off Senator Kennedy's endorsement of Obama, the First Laddie wannabe told a crowd at Arizona State University Thursday night, ""I want you to think about this, and I have to say, this was a train wreck that was not intended. No Child Left Behind was supported by George Bush and Senator Ted Kennedy and everybody in between." That "everybody in between" gives Bubba deniability that he was singling out Kennedy for criticism. Obama has already said he would change NCLB. Billary's South Carolina criticism-by-insinuation strategy returns.
More Biblical straight talk: In his email to supporters Saturday, titled "My 5 Smooth Stones," Huckabee likens himself to David and Romney to Goliath, as he sends a subliminal message to his evangelist supporters: "We are in this race to win despite the desperate efforts by the Romney campaign to try and say that 'a vote for me is a vote for McCain.' Actually, a vote for me is a vote for me!" Fair enough, but what does he plan to do with those stones in the sling? We'd advise Mitt to watch his back.
Can you spell "non sequitur"? This from Saturday's email from Mark DeMoss, David Keene and Jay Sekulow, who don't identify how they're linked to Romney's campaign: "On the issues of life and marriage, Mitt Romney is a conservative who has fought for our conservative ideals. Unfortunately, John McCain didn't do the same when he sponsored McCain-Feingold, which has hamstrung the efforts of our conservative grassroots organizations." How does Mitt's economic conservative street cred explain his flip-flopping on abortion and gay marriage, and what exactly does campaign finance reform have to do with the issues of life and marriage?
Superbowl? What Superbowl? On Friday the Romney campaign emailed supporters to ask them to call on Mitt's behalf on Sunday, between 1 pm and 8 pm, Eastern Time. We can picture the couch potatoes happily watching the big game, drinking beer, munching munchies. The phone rings. The guy who answers it calls out, "Hey, turn down the sound on the TV, it's someone calling from the Romney campaign, asking us to vote for him. I'll put her on speaker!"
Ron Paul scores scoop in Iran: Iran's PressTV carried a report of Ron Paul's speech in Denver Friday. "What is frightening today is the war on terrorism, which has instilled fear in us," Paul said, according to the report. Unable to resist putting their own spin on it, the article concluded, "Paul's supporters, the Paulenteers, say...the time has come to repair the bad image of the U.S. in the international arena." Should give him a boost in the Tehran primary tomorrow.
Keyes blames Romney for our sins: Just to let us know he's still breathing, the Keyester wrote on his website that Mitt's at fault for turning America into Sodom and Gomorrah by instituting same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. He proclaims, "This action by Mitt Romney is among the most socially-damaging actions by a chief executive in our nation's history. Because of its far-reaching implications for the future of the traditional family, it threatens to destroy our entire moral and cultural fabric more than any other executive action I can think of." Does this mean condoms and birth control pills will replace currency as the medium of exchange?
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