Paul's lighter than air revolution. Rudy asks for prayers, not votes. Fred promises not to jump on anyone. Hunter says he won't withdraw his dwindling troops.
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Duncan is a lonely Hunter: Soldiering on in the electoral battlefields of Michigan, Duncan Hunter proclaimed his determination to fight the good fight. "I'm going to continue regardless of the vote in Michigan," he said. "I haven't put together a Plan B. There's plenty of time to figure out how you're going to lose. I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to win." Last time we looked, Hunter had captured 0% of last night's Michigan vote. Just what we need: another wartime Commander-in-Chief who can't figure out how to win.
The Rise and Rise of Ron Paul, The Blimp: Are you feeling somewhat left out because the Ron Paul blimp hasn't passed over your town? Never fear, South Carolina's "The State" has video of the tribute to lighter than air flight taking off. Look for the beauty shot at the end as the Revolution sails off into the sun.
Rudy"s latest pitch--if you elect me you'll be smarter than I am: In a speech in North Naples, FL Monday, Giuliani explained why he doesn't trust the government. "I believe you are smarter than the central government," he confided. But not quite smart enough to catch the twisted logic that he wants to be the leader of a government dumber than they are.
Hillary spins the polls: On the "Hillary Hub" web page a headline crows, "Hillary holds commanding lead in California," with a link to an LA Times article reporting her lead over Obama at 47% to 31%, but adding, "Obama led among voters who said change was their top priority," "the race remains extremely fluid..., four in 10 said they could still change their minds." Likely voters "embraced the notion of 'change' as more crucial than 'experience' in deciding which candidate to support." Don't pop the champagne bottles, yet, Ms. Misty Eyes.
Tagg, not Dad, defies expectations: In Romney's son's latest email to supporters we learn, "Because of his vision, values and experience, my Dad, Governor Romney, has defied expectations throughout this campaign. With two strong second place finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire and a win in Wyoming, he goes into Michigan with the wind at his back..." Mitt squeezed out a win in his home state yesterday, but that wind at his back could just be McCain continuing to breathe down his neck.
Rudy back to praying for votes: While on his bus tour through Florida, Giuliani spoke at a Miami-mega church, El Rey Jesus. "I have deep respect for the power of faith," Rudy told them. "I received a religious education for most of my life, until the time I attended law school. And, you realize, law is not a religious education." (No laughter). "But up until then I started every day of class making the sign of the cross, praying to Jesus, praying to Mary and asking for help, and it built into my very being an understanding that we have to pray for help, we have to pray to seek God's will and to make us better people." This might be a good time for us to pray his bus runs out of gas.
Would you like to be jumped by Fred? Thompson's been struggling in South Carolina to keep his campaign from sharing the same fate as Fort Sumter. "This is serious business about serious things," he tells crowds, saying the media's caught up in personality clashes and "other stuff, but I'm not." Then he said, "It's not my nature and it's not my mission to jump anybody." His wife must be relieved to hear that.
Low on cash and support, but all is well in Rudyland: In response to a new poll that shows McCain taking the lead in Florida, Giuliani advisors aimed to reassure reporters that it's all good. "We've started to see this fight tighten considerably, and we always knew it would,'' said Giuliani's director of strategy, Brent Seahorn. "We're going to see some bouncing around...When the circus finally comes to town after South Carolina, I don't think there will be a campaign that is any more prepared." Sounds like he's been on the trapeze too long.
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