When Mitt Romney was asked about Rush Limbaugh's reference to Sandra Fluke as a slut, he cagily responded that it wasn't "the language I would have used" without telling us what language he would have used. Little did it prepare us for later mystical utterances that mark the candidate . When reporters asked him about the cabal being cooked up in Chicago by the billionaire owner of the Chicago Cubs that would revive the Rev. Jeremiah Wright issue in the 2008 campaign, he topped the earlier Limbaugh dust-up. Asked about a comment he made on the Hannity show that the president wanted America to be a "less Christian nation", Romney was prepared for it:
"I'm not familiar, precisely , with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was."Pinned on the shelf of my office is one of the classic political responses that I've encountered over the years. It was spoken by George W. Bush, and could be of more use to Romney. Said Dubya to a nosy reporter:
"I would have to ask the questions...I haven't had a chance to ask the questioners the question they've been questioning."But with nearly six months to go, there's still time for Mitt to build on that.
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I'm beginning to see attack ads on the Internet against Sen. Sherrod Brown by Dick Armey's FreedomWorks. No mention of Brown's Republican opponent Josh Mandel in the ads. But adding the right-wing FreedomWorks to the American Petroleum Institute and U.S.Chamber of Commerce tells me why Mandel was repeatedly absent from his Ohio duties tending to his fund-raising needs. His campaign has already spent millions on TV advertising. For Mandel, right-wing money never sleeps.
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Want a quote that pretty well sums up the dark side of what is happening in the presidential campaign? Try this one from Colorado U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican:
'I don't know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don't know that. But I do know this, that in his heart, he's not an American. He's just not an American."
An odd presumption for a guy who isn't even a cardiologist!
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When e.e. cummings poetically mused about the "sound of one hand clapping," he could very well have envisioned the GOP class when it was announced George W. Bush, the economic wizard who financed the budget-busting Iraq invasion on the cuff, has written a book on how to build a stronger economy. It won't have the slightest potential to be made into a movie.
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Joe Hallett of the Columbus Dispatch reports that Portage County Republican Chairman Andrew Manning has been interviewed by the FBI regarding Manning's charges that he was asked by Gov. Kasich's headhunters to withdraw from the the GOP State Central Committee.
Manning accused Summit County Chairman Alex Arshinkoff and his sidekick Bryan Williams of urging him to resign in return for having a a stronger calling card in the Kasich Administration. Manning at the time supported State Chairmaan Kevin DeWine to retain the chair in the bitter ongoing clash with Kasich, who wanted to oust DeWine - which he did.
Hallett says Arshinkoff and Williams have denied offering Manning a deal in a meeting at Portage Country Club. Where else?