03/28/2008 02:47 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

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

Kucinich says he's in a run for the roses. Huck adds another wrestler. Barack's low maintenance dinner companions. Rudy greases Sin City kingpin's palm.

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


Is Dennis fueled by carrots and equine dreams? Kucinich pointed out in an interview Monday underdogs can win. "I realize I'm a long' shot," he said. "But you know what? Long shots do win. Remember Seabiscuit." We sure do. He, too, was undersized and not much to look at.

Who's McCain's mystery supporter? In reply to a question Monday about whether he'd accept Karl Rove's help to win the election, John McCain said he would welcome anyone who shares his values, visions and beliefs and "that includes Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and vegetarians." Given his appetite for red meat, it's unlikely Rove belongs to more than one of those categories. But is this a hint Kucinich might flip?

Fred's met the enemy, and it's everyone: In a press conference in Jackson, MS Monday night Fred Thompson explained that the Soviet Union used to be our only enemy. "Now it's terrorists," he said. "It's Al Qaeda. It's other groups affiliated, unaffiliated. It's rogue nations in various stages of nuclear capability. It's other big countries with big military capabilities around the world." That covers about every other country on the globe except Monaco.

Huck's ahead in washed-up celebrity endorsements: As if Chuck Norris weren't enough, Huckabee announced this week that pro-wrestler Ric Flair has endorsed his candidacy and will campaign with him this Saturday at a tailgate party before the Clemson-Carolina football game. "Ric's endorsement will help us put a figure four leg lock on our opponents," Huck said. While Ric Flair added, "To be the man, you've got to beat the man and Mike Huckabee is the man." Sounds good, but does that mean Ric thinks Huck will beat himself?

Does Fred have a fetish for NASCAR? This week Fred Thompson suggested the Democratic presidential candidates are "apparently planning for careers in NASCAR. It's a turn constantly to the left, they all will soon wind up back where they started and some of them are going faster than the others." The way Fred's poll numbers have been dropping, his opponents will still be in the race after his campaign has gone the way of the Edsel.

They'll have the consommé and a glass of water: New Hampshire's Conway Daily Sun asked Barack Obama the standard "3 Guests for Dinner" question. Obama chose Jesus Christ, Gandhi, and Abraham Lincoln. Did Obama choose that group for their deep thoughts or because it's unlikely the three of them together would finish a bread stick, let alone order an appetizer. No fundraising necessary for this dinner!

Captain 9/11 battles crime in style: Rudy's preferred mode of transportation is a plush Gulfstream G-IV provided by casino kingpin Sheldon Adelson. Campaign records show Giuliani anted up more than $122,000 last summer alone for jets traceable to the king of Sin City whose Las Vegas Sands empire has made him the third-richest American. Apparently there's either a shortage of Winnebagos or the crime-fighting candidate has lost his hypocrisy detector.


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