Rudy to NH--no need to vote, send money. Hunter claims Wyoming finish makes him a contender. Fred exploits old truck.
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And we thought Obama had the big "Mo"! The Hunter campaign's astonishing fundraising email yesterday boasted of his 3rd place finish in Wyoming with 8% of the vote. Surrounded by a forest of exclamation points we're told: "This is huge!" "The election is wide open!" "He beat Huckabee, Giuliani and McCain!" The scenario now is for Hunter to battle with Thompson for a win in South Carolina and Hunter to be the clear winner in Nevada. Since current polls show him at 3% in Nevada and 1% in South Carolina, let's wait for frogs to grow wings before sending him a check.
Rudy's town hall screamfest: During one of his final pitches in NH, a man stood up and screamed at Rudy, "What about the 50 million?" Undaunted, Rudy turned to a woman instead to ask the final question of the night while the man continued to rant his pro-life views. The woman then screamed at the protester, "You are out of line! Sit down!" Thankfully for Rudy, security hauled the man away as he was yelling, "All these children are dying and you want to continue this holocaust!" Rudy just smiled at the crowd. "It's okay. I'm from New York." The crowd cheered, probably the only ones to do so for Rudy in NH.
Fill 'er up, Freddie: In case you haven't noticed, Ol' Freddie Thompson's campaign recently brought back the legendary truck he used to "drive around" during his two senate races in Tennessee. It's being used as a fundraising gimmick now that Freddie needs more money than ever. Word has it that Freddie didn't drive the 'ol truck quite as much as he claims. But shucks. How can you not vote for an ol' fella on his last dime, who drove a nifty ol' truck like that?
Another Rudy cinematic disaster: Robert Greenwald's Brave New Films has another installment of "The Real Rudy," as if we haven't already seen enough of that. But this might be the most damning yet about Captain 9/11s false exploitation of this tragedy for personal gain as a presidential candidate. Honestly. If NH doesn't do him in, this should.
Ron Paul now for sale on E-Bay: If you're looking for a mode of transportation that ensures everyone is aware of your obsession with Ron Paul, here it is: The Ron Paul Freedom Wagon, a 1992 truckster with a mere 100,000 miles on it, many of them logged by the leader of the Ron Paul Granny Warriors, who's been driving all over the country to get the word out about her favorite candidate. Unfortunately the rough weather in NH has deterred her from barreling into the state for today's primary, so she is currently headed towards Magnolia, Texas, for a party where an entire house will be painted in Ron Paul's honor. Hey, like we always say, we don't make up this stuff, we just report it.
Giuliani campaign tells NH supporters he needs their money, not their votes: In yesterday's email to Granite State supporters, Steve Forbes doesn't bother to ask for their vote. He invites supporters instead to join a "Drive2Five campaign" to raise money for Super Tuesday on February 5, pointing out only 78 delegates will be picked before January 29, while 1,039 will be on the line between the 29th and February 5. For boldly admitting he's more interested in getting a check than a vote, we bestow upon Rudy today's Roadkill Chutzpah Award.
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