On the Other Hand, Democrats Are Completely United Behind Him

“As Mitt Romney’s vice presidential selection nears and buzz about Rep. Paul Ryan’s prospects builds, a split is emerging among Republicans about whether the choice of the House Budget chairman and architect of the party’s controversial tax and spending plan would be a daring plus for the ticket or a miscalculation that would turn a close election into a referendum on Medicare.” [Politico]


In related news, Rush got his substantial knickers in a twist when a Romney spokesperson came close to telling the truth about Romneycare: http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/rush-limbaugh-attacks-mitt-romney-on-health-care-defense.php

@Dodgerblue: RedState and others are also hyperventilating, per TPM. I say the Dems just sit back and let Romney beat himself.

@Dodgerblue: @Mistress Cynica: I noticed that too, but I couldn’t figure out a clever way to condense it to less than five paragraphs: Romney Spokesbot Defends Romneycare, maybe, but it takes a fair amount of background to stick.

@Dodgerblue: The headline’s easy. The explanation’s a bitch.


“Romney Spokesbot Accidentally Tells Truth Briefly; Damage Still Being Assessed”

@nojo: I haven’t seen the “Romney Killed Her” ad. As you know, here in Cali the Dems don’t waste money on a sure thing.

@Dodgerblue: I don’t see any ads, unless they show up on Rachel or The Daily Show News Hour. And then you get into the mess of Provocative Web Ad or Actual TV Ad Backed By Real Money? And then you get into the pissing match.

But even Erick Erickson’s whining over the Romneycare gaffe (“gaffe” meaning “accidentally telling the truth”), so there’s that.

Still, it’s easy to read too much into it: Romney’s all they got. And Barry’s all we got, even if we don’t care much for Drone Warfare.

@nojo: Campaign ads, what are those? In my old job back in 2008 I used to occasionally travel to those “swing” states like CO, NM, NV, FL, and IN, and I would start stroking out at all the incessant campaign ads. I can’t imagine what it’s like to live through that shit. Yet another +1 for living in a media market that it is 75-80% blue and serves no other purpose than being an ATM for both parties.

@matador1015: OMG, could Barton look any more like a creepy aging carnie/rodeo clown in that photo?

“Come ‘ere, lil’ boy, [cough, cough, cough] come sit on Uncle Danny’s lap!”

Meanwhile, this is Vegas – really, you’re shocked and offended by something on a billboard on the Strip?


“We condemn the destructive behavior against one of our billboards because it is illegal and punishes our advertisers,” Clear Channel Outdoor spokesman Jim Cullinan said in a statement. “This is not an innocent protest, but it is illegal and dangerous behavior that Clear Channel Outdoor and the industry will not accept.”

When I grow up, I wanna be self-righteous about billboards.

@nojo: Clear Channel is owned by a bunch of fundie nutballs in Texas, so I’m not surprised that they think guerrilla ads protesting our fucked up economy are “destructive” and “illegal and dangerous” — luckily they don’t feel so self-righteous about their billboards in Vegas being used to advertise payday loans, strip clubs, casinos, and corporate monoliths.

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