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  • John McCain "Defends" Mitt Romney

    So, you may have heard this new meme that's been circulating through Democratic pundit class. It goes, as James Carville eloquently puts it

    "The only person who has seen Romney's taxes is John McCain and he took one look and picked Sarah Palin."

    It's kind of a sticky idea until you think about it for a second and then the logic sort of unravels like a True Blood story line.* But it's a funny thing to say.

    The subject of this talking point, however, is having none of it, and is rushing to set things right for the sake of Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney's tax returns had nothing to do with Sen. John McCain's decision to choose Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008, according to the Arizona Republican, saying he chose the former Alaska governor because she was a "better candidate."

    Asked why he chose not to go with Romney, McCain said: "Oh come on, because we thought that Sarah Palin was the better candidate. Why did we not take [Tim] Pawlenty, why did we not take any of the other 10 other people. Why didn’t I? Because we had a better candidate, the same way with all the others. … Come on, why? That’s a stupid question."

    Hey, um, Senator McCain. I'm sure that everybody over at Romney HQ is really appreciative of your leaping to the… well, defense(???) of their candidate. But could you, uh, maybe… not defend him quite so loudly. Like, maybe save that stuff for the privacy of your closet late at night. Just so long as you've been careful to check all around and make certain that there are no human beings anywhere nearby.

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    * I really just wanted to vent. Why couldn't Tara have just stayed dead? And do we really need to study vampire bureaucracy just to follow a simple dramatic thread. Come on, Alan Ball! What happened to you? Get your shit together! 

    Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: 2008, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, 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?

    But…

    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
  • From the Pork Barrel: Apologies Must Be Given!

    * Mitt Romney demands that Barack Obama apologize for pointing out things for which Mitt Romney is demanding an apology. Or something equally sensible.

    * Ezra Klein comes up with 14 reasons why this is the worst Congress ever. Just 14? I can think of something more in the neighborhood of 535.

    * Do Condoleezza Rice's reasoned non-knee jerk opinions about abortion disqualify her as a make-believe Vice Presidential pick?

    * Download the Indecision Election Companion, our free app for your iPhone and iPad, and climb up into the the Peanut Gallery — our liveblog/instant reaction arena — to watch and respond as Charlie Rose talks with Barack and Michelle Obama on CBS Sunday Morning this Sunday morning at 9am/8c.


    Tags: Abortion, Bain Capital, Barack Obama, CBS, Charlie Rose, Condoleezza Rice, Michelle Obama, Mitt Romney, Pork Barrel, Veepstakes
  • Tweet Untweet: Vice President Mao


    Tags: China, Mitt Romney, Tweet Untweet, Twitter, Veepstakes
  • Condoleezza Rice vs. Actual Shiny Trial Balloon

    With Mitt Romney's relationship with Bain Capital at the center of a controversy in which it appears very important to determine whether Romney was a chronic tax-advoider who made millions investing in firms that outsourced jobs until 1999 or if Romney was a chronic tax-advoider who made millions investing in firms that outsourced jobs until 2002, it was time for someone to create a distraction.

    Along came The Drudge Report to claim that there's a new frontrunner to be Mitt Romney's running mate: Condoleezza Rice.

    But is the Condi rumor really the best the Romney camp can do to distract the media from lesser topics (I mean, c'mon, who among us hasn't forgotten when we were CEOs of major firms?)? Neither are going to become vice president, but you can decide whether Rice or an actual shiny balloon would have made a more worthwhile distraction.

    Mitt Romney Condi Rice Shiny Balloon
    * Only supports the abortion of his previous opinions on abortion. * Pro-choice. * On abortion and other issues, willing to go wherever the wind takes it.
    * Unclear where he spent the years 1999-2002. Doesn't like to talk about it. * Spent 2001-2002 helping to plan the Iraq War. Doesn't like to talk about it. * Spent 1999-2002 doing Bar Mitzvahs. Doesn't like to talk about it.
    * His money has extensive foreign policy experience. * Former National Security Adviser and Secretary of State * Has traveled wherever the wind has taken it.
    * Reminds people of the guy who fired them. * Reminds people of the Bush Administration. * Reminds people of birthday parties!
    * Can distract people with the squareness of his children's jaws. * Can distract people with classical piano technique. * Distracts people because it's shiny.

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    Tags: Condoleezza Rice, Drudge Report, Matt Drudge, Mitt Romney, Veepstakes