10/26/2007 10:27 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

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, Christian Avard, River Curtis-Stanley, Jodi Lampert, Julie Pierce, and Debbi Plummer.


Only Dodd's hairdresser knows for sure. Hillary gets a song but not a vote. Rudy's tortuous campaign. Fred flops in Florida.

Does Dodd wear a wig?: In the candidate's TV ad two barbers and a little kid talk about the whiteness of Dodd's hair. But it turns out they aren't barbers after all! "Those two were actors," a spokesperson for the campaign revealed. "That part is pretty standard ... I apologize." Which begs the question: Is Dodd's hair phony, too?

Singing for Hillary, but, like most men, can't commit: Country crooner Merle Haggard, out with a song called "Hillary," sings, "Let's put a woman in charge," but tells NPR he "has not yet fully committed to Clinton."

The reason for Mitt's dazed debate demeanor revealed: In The Brothers Blog following last Sunday's debate, Josh explained, "My Dad was getting score updates while he was on the stage of the debate, and he got back in time afterwards to watch the magical 7th and 8th innings." That's our Mitt, a multitasking CEO with mixed priorities.

Rudy says he knows torture: In a speech in Iowa Wednesday night, Giuliani chided Democrats who make "exaggerated claims" that suspected terrorists are being tortured. "Critics even talk about sleep deprivation as a form of torture," he said. "On that theory I'm getting tortured running for president." Guess if he were a surfer he'd know how it felt to be waterboarded.

Happy Birthday...and that's it?: The Clinton folks are getting all excited about Hillary's upcoming 60th birthday! They're asking you to help by signing an e-card and leaving a birthday wish for Hillary. But here's the weird part. They are not asking for a contribution to make Hill's birthday a little sweeter. We are not making this up. A candidate is writing to us but not asking for money. Must be posh times over at Clinton Central.

Colbert"s candidacy bad news for the GOP: An October 25th Rasmussen Report shows that with voters aged 18-29 Stephen Colbert would take 28% of the vote vs. Clinton/Giuliani, and 31% vs. Clinton/Thompson. In both versions it widens Hillary's lead over Rudy and Fred. Dear GOPers: It's time to start shuffling through those FEC laws to find a way to keep Colbert off the ballot!

What we have here is a failure to communicate: During yesterday's blogger conference call Sen. McCain said he would talk more than the Bush administration about Iraq, the deficit, immigration, global warming and judges. He said he would be able to get through to people if he just explained more. He might start by explaining why we need another president who talks more than he listens.

Nice line, Fred, but not convincing: Fred Thompson staged a round table with Collier County Sheriff Don Hunter to release his immigration plan in Florida on Wednesday. "I naturally gravitate to people who believe in law and order," Thompson joked. Hunter must not have thought it was so funny. Yesterday he endorsed Mitt Romney for President.