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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.

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What's with the bad haircut, Mitt?: Unless he was just having a really bad hair day, in last night's GOP debate it appeared the eager-to-please candidate had shed his signature pompadour as abruptly as he had his pre-campaign positions on abortion and gay rights.

McCain dabbles in transcendentalism: At a Town Hall Meeting in Amherst, NH, the No Surrender candidate summoned the spirit of Ralph Waldo Emerson when he called global climate change a "transcendental issue that must be addressed." So how do we "address" it, John? Build a cabin in the woods like Emerson's pal Thoreau or try to reduce greenhouse gases?

The difference between candidates and their wives: Email to San Diegans from the Romney campaign Saturday: "Please join us on Wednesday, October 24th for a lunch hosted by the Del Mar Seacoast Republican Women Federated featuring Mrs. Ann Romney. Lunch will cost $20." Or you can have breakfast with Fred Thompson in San Diego the following week for $500.

How to appoint a federal judge: At the Values Voters Summit on Friday Duncan Hunter explained his position on appointing federal judges: "If a judicial candidate can look at a sonogram of a human child and not see a valuable human life, I will not appoint that candidate to the federal bench.'' No need to be able to look into the Constitution and find the heartbeat of freedom, Dunc?

Mr. Straight-Talker, we hardly knew ye: Email from the McCain campaign: "In a matchup against Hillary Clinton, John McCain performs better than any other Republican candidate - down 3 points." What they don't tell you is that the FOX News poll showed Giuliani would lose to Hillary by a 4 points, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 points. Our suggestion for John's next bumper sticker: "McCain in '08: He'll lose by less!"

Did we forget something?: The Romney website proudly posts part of an article from MyrtleBeachOnline.com, touting Mitt's recent speech there and the South Carolinians who loved it. A close look at the entire article as it originally appeared in the Sun News shows they left out this little sentence: "Port said he likes Romney's family values, but has a son serving in Iraq and thinks John McCain has the best positions on the war."

Now THAT'S Entertainment!: Over at the Five Interchangeable Brothers blog, one of the Romney spawn solicits suggestions for entertainment for a campaign event. A buddy recommended this young lady from a YouTube video, playing a trumpet solo while simultaneously performing an interpretive dance. Thanks for the tip, Romney fellow. But remember--you're trying to win votes for Dad, not scare people.

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