Tancredo's wife spills the beans. Hunter says it takes a heterosexual to fire a gun. Paul can't stop the rain of money. McCain draws a cross in the sand.
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His wife knew it all along: In an interview Wednesday night Tom Tancredo's wife, Jackie, told the Rocky Mountain News that getting someone to adopt the issue of illegal immigration was the only reason he ran for president. "That was his goal," she explained. "There was never any illusion he was going to be president." How many other GOP candidate wives know the campaign is only hubby's hobby? And will Tom the Terrible offer refunds to his campaign contributers?
Would you bet on this horse? Fred Thompson says if he can be a presidential horse for conservatives to ride in the campaign, "All I've got to say is saddle me up." If Fred can't make it to the White House, there's always the Triple Crown.
What if Rambo were gay? Denouncing efforts to allow gay personnel to serve openly, Duncan Hunter explained we're different from those limp-wristed countries who allow gays in their military. "The Fallujahs of the world, the Ramadis of the world that require heavy combat and lots of firefighting capability -- those are the places the Americans go." It wouldn't do to have our fighting men reading "Hot Guys" instead of "Hustler" in the midst of battle.
Paul"s perplexing predicament: At a "Politics and Eggs" breakfast this week Ron Paul said he's got a problem with fundraising: "it's sort of gotten out of control, and I don't know what to do about it. I mean, the money just keeps coming in." So he bought a blimp to bring in some more?
Richardson appeals to Iowans' love of underdogs: Midway through taking questions at a Cornell University campaign stop Wednesday, the candidate heard his staffer announce there was time for just one more question. "Come on here," the Richardson shot back, "I'm at 12 percent." Actually, we don't think he's hit double figures yet. But other than Bill, who's counting?
Peel away, Freddie: In an interview with the National Journal set to air today on XM radio, Thompson was asked if he realistically thinks he can peel off Huckabee's Christian conservative voters. "Well, you never know who you're peeling off, and who you're peeling on," Fred said. "You just have to be who you are and go with your message." It doesn't sound like he'll be peeling off much from Huck, but he must have peeled something to snare the woman he calls his "trophy wife."
McCain joins the Christmas panderers: In a new 30-second spot, McCain tugs at the hearts of Christians and patriots with a clip of his harrowing POW experience, followed by a close-up of a stick drawing a cross in the sand. In case you're still not reaching for your Kleenex and checkbook, he throws in a little yuletide sentiment, as well. We can't wait to see if Mitt comes back with the season's topper, a video of the 198 members of his immediate family, praising him for pruning a tree in the shape of a cross?
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