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Roadkill: OffTheBus's Ongoing RoundUp of the Awkward, the Ugly, and the Just Plain Weird

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The following piece was produced through the Huffington Post's OffTheBus. Edited by Richard Riehl and Denise Wheeler. Reported by Kirsten Anderson, River Curtis-Stanley, Jodi Lampert, Julie Pierce, and Debbi Plummer.

"Huck BOBs up with a widget!": That master of acronyms, the candidate who brought us "VD" (Vertical Day), has done it again. This time it's just plain BOB. Campaign manager Chip Saltsman's latest email explains: "I encourage every blogger, folks with a personal website and/or a MySpace page to add BOB (Build our Base) 1.0 to their blog, website or MySpace. BOB is a get-out-the-vote widget and a simple way to make your page a grassroots headquarters for Mike Huckabee. BOB links to downloadable pdfs of a door hanger, push card, a "Mike on the Issues" handout, and a "Meet Mike" handout." In Huckspeak that would be, "Go to BOB for MOI and MM HO's." This guy definitely belongs in a federal bureaucracy.


"Rudy says read my eyes...": Rudy Giuliani in Saturday's speech to the National Federation of Republican Women in Palm Springs: "(Islamic terrorists) saw something different in Ronald Reagan's eyes than they did in Jimmy Carter's," he said. "What they see now in the eyes of those (Democratic) candidates is Jimmy Carter. And what they see in my eyes is Ronald Reagan. Freedom has never come easy. It needs to be defended." That sounds creepily familiar. Remember when Bush first met the Russian leader, looked into his eyes, and said he was "able to get a sense of his soul"? That was shortly before Vladimir began dismantling democratic freedoms in his country. Do you suppose if we look deeply enough into Rudy's eyes we might find GW squinting back?


"Hello there, mashed potatoes": Some candidates pride themselves on reaching out to potential voters, no matter how likely they are to win their votes. Brownback takes this stance to a new level. According to the Daily Brownbacker, "Senator Brownback had a great time greeting pro-life, pro-family activists in Wyoming at a banquet put on by the Wyoming Family Coalition. Senator Brownback was the only candidate to address the dinner in person." Regaling the rubber chickens and mashed potatoes with his pro-life, pro-family positions, it is unclear whether the lonely candidate won commitments from either to support his candidacy...or the bus fare home.

"Presidential candidate endorses Congressional candidate": Sounds a little like a "man bites dog" story, doesn't it? But that's what happened yesterday when Duncan Hunter endorsed Sydney Hay's campaign for Congress in a press release prominently displayed on his own website. The Dunc called Hay, "A rising star, one of the brightest and most accomplished conservatives in the nation. She is an outstanding candidate and will become one of the leading members of Congress." What a humble man you are, Mr. Hunter--big enough to share the spotlight while you struggle for name recognition yourself. That's right out of a Frank Capra movie. But, wait a minute. Following the listing of Hay's many accomplishments, the press release concludes with a less altruistic explanation for The Dunc's endorsement. "Recently, she has served as the National Campaign Director for Presidential Candidate Duncan Hunter and remains with the Hunter camp as Senior Political Advisor." So which is it, Dunc--backscratching or back pay?


"President, Chief of Staff, what's the difference?": Tom Tancredo's website lists the following event on their website: "Friday Oct, 19th - Annual Ronald Regan Dinner." Hmmm...could they possibly have misspelled the name of the conservative's idol? Surely not! It's just a shout out to Reagan's Chief of Staff Donald Regan...isn't it?


"McCains Gone Mild!": Watch out, Romney Boys! Duck, Cate Edwards! You're no longer the only candidate-spawn blogging away for Dear Old Dad. Turns out John McCain's daughter Megan and a few of her friends are starting their own campaign blog--the McCainBlogette! The Blogettes (btw, we loooooove how you describe yourselves with the diminutive "ette." That's sooo cute! And fun!!) plan to entertain us with "musings and pop culture from the campaign trail," including, "notoriously cramped quarters, stale donuts and the fabulous shoes!" (the latter musing would presumably be something like, "Did you see those smokin' hot wing tips on that campaign volunteer in Dubuque?!") Anyway, glad to meet you blogettes--it's about time someone got to the important stuff that young women look for when evaluating presidential candidates. Can a "Sex in the Iowa City" show be far behind? P.S. One of Megan's friends is described as a "political fashionista." Look for LOTS of inside dirt on navy blue suits and GOP red fleeces!!


"Pray It Again, Sam": Tom Tancredo's not happy Congress passed a resolution honoring Ramadan. "This resolution is an example of the degree to which political correctness has captured the political and media elite in this country. I am not opposed to commending any religion for their faith. The problem is that any attempt to do so for Jews or Christians is immediately condemned as 'breaching' the non-existent line between Church and State by the same elite," Tancredo says in his statement. Guessing that the National Day of Prayer and its ilk don't count. Roadkill's gearing up for Tancredo's Ten Commendments.

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