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  • Mitt Romney Prepares for Human Interaction

    Mitt RomneyBut not the "ordinary American" kind he's been getting used to, with the handshaking and the baby-holding. No, he's spending this week prepping for the three most important debates of his life

    Mitt Romney is spending the week of the Democratic National Convention ensconced in Brownsville, Vt., prepping for the three upcoming presidential debates.

    The war games are being held at the home of Romney's former lieutenant governor, Kerry Healey, with Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) playing President Obama.

    First of all, I can't picture Mitt Romney playing any "war games" without wearing gold epaulets, but that's neither here nor there.

    The real story is Mitt's partner. Portman, who was in the discussion to be Romney's running mate and whose name rearranged is Boo Trampnr, has his work cut out for him. How will he and Romney work together to turn the debates in Mitt's favor?

    Look for Romney and Portman to discuss how they can… swing defense to quick offense, and most importantly, isolate what curveballs Obama might have planned.

    Curveballs? You lost me. Democrats have attacked Romney's business record, tax history, offshore funds, political inconsistencies, speech patterns and (probably) the fact that his first name is Willard.

    I'm not sure what curveballs could be left. Maybe Obama will tell him he's an okay guy?

    Photo by Tom Williams – Contributor/CQ-Roll Call Group/Getty Images

    Tags: Debates, Mitt Romney, Rob Portman
  • RNC Day 2: Best and Worst Jokes of the Night

    I can't believe there wasn't a cover for watching last night's Republican National Convention. There was a drink minimum (all the drinks), but is that ever a problem when watching political coverage?

    The Worst of Tim Pawlenty

    1. "But you know, President Obama isn't as bad as people say, he's actually worse. "

    2. "The president takes more vacations than that guy on the Bizarre Foods show."

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    Tags: Mike Huckabee, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Republican National Convention, Rob Portman
  • Who Is Rob Portman? [GALLERY]

    Little is known about Rob Portman, possible GOP vice presidential nominee. Where does he come from? What's his family like? How can anyone deserve less media attention than Tim Pawlenty?

    We've got the answers, sort of. Just see for yourself.


    Rob Portman

    In whatever year, Rob Portman became a congressman from somewhere near the middle of the union.


    See the full gallery here!


    Photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

    Tags: Rob Portman, Veepstakes
  • The Moderately Smart VP Betting Money Is on Tim Pawlenty

    If you're looking to make a lot of money really fast, then… I don't know what to tell you. I heard those bath salt things are kind of popular these days. Maybe look into that?


    If you're looking to make a not-huge but respectable amount of money in a month or so, then now is the time to put all your money into Tim Pawlenty futures!

    Earlier today, I was working on a different version of this post, in which I had so many hilarious jokes and insightful things to say (you'll just have to take my word for it) about how the GOP vice-presidential race was looking like a dead heat between Pawlenty and Rob Portman on the Intrade online betting market. But in just the time it took for me to write that post, everything changed, and Pawlenty leapt ahead to a near 10 percentage point lead…

    So, what happened? What changed in that short span of time to suddenly make Pawlenty such a more enticing and exciting candidate than Portman? Did he get a haircut? Did he find a $5 bill on the ground outside an Arby's? Did somebody finally get around to reading about his intoxicating "down-to-earth appeal" in the New York times? Who knows!

    All I do know is that you'd be a fool to waste any more time in jumping aboard the Tim Pawlenty train going woot! woot! all the way to the bank! Don't chance it. You could be one pressed shirt away from finding yourself priced out of this golden opportunity.

    Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Rob Portman, Tim Pawlenty, Veepstakes
  • Even Rob Portman's Mistakes Are Reaganesque

    Last night, I was watching old Rob Portman clips on YouTube, because that is how exciting my life is, and I found this one, in which the senator from Ohio misattributes one of William Boetcker’s maxims ("You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn") to Abraham Lincoln…


    Ergo: Rob Portman is the reincarnation of Ronald Reagan. So, he will probably definitely be Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential pick.

    Or at least his Secretary of the Department of Reagan Zombies.


    Tags: Ohio, Rob Portman, Ronald Reagan, Senate, Veepstakes