10/22/2007 09:27 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

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

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.


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, 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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