03/28/2008 02:48 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

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

Clinton's daily Obama bashing. Rudy builds FEMA strawman in Florida ad, claims Florida stragegy is paying off. Dennis begs for bucks for Congressional campaign.

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


Clinton campaign claims "happy" doesn't mean "glad": On Hillary's "Fact Hub" Obama is accused of distorting Hillary's comment in a debate that she was "happy a bill she voted for didn't become law because she regretted voting for it." Here's Obama's "distortion": "Senator Clinton said again last night that even though she voted for the bill, she was glad it didn't pass..." So, there you have it, the difference between "happy" and "glad" is regret.

Giuliani woos the clueless in Florida: Rudy's new video, titled "Some," released in Florida yesterday, opens with the voiceover: "Some say we don't need a national catastrophe fund. That FEMA can handle disasters." That ad should go over big with those Florida voters who think FEMA got far too much credit for saving New Orleans.

Rudy says he's on a roll: Here's Giuliani's latest email plea for donations: "From day one, the liberal media has criticized my strategy of focusing on delegate rich states like Florida. An unprecedented primary calendar called for an unconventional strategy. And it has paid off in a big way." No delegates yet, running short of money, and falling in the polls from first to fourth nationally and first to third in Florida. If that's how he measures a successful campaign, we wonder how he would measure a successful presidency.

Dig deeper to keep Dennis in the House: Even if you've already contributed $2,300 to Kucinich's presidential campaign, you can send him another $2,300 to help him retain his Congressional seat, in case he doesn't win the presidency, he explains in yesterday's email to supporters. "Right now I'm under attack by corporate interests," he writes. "I need you to contribute at least $100...And if you can, to help me raise, with the help of your friends and relatives, $1000." Does that mean he's giving up on the house at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue? We at Roadkill hope he stays in the race, at least until Super Duper Tuesday. It's getting to be slim pickin's after our favorites, Fred and Duncan, dropped out.

Alan Keyes calls Obama "superficial": Keyes, who ran against Obama in Illinois in 2004, said he believes Obama's popularity is based on a "smarmy glamour," a "superficial kind of steel" that appeals to voters. Considering Keyes received only 27% of the vote, it seems Illinois voters prefer smarmy glamour to hot air.


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