How many ways is Romney's 47% video hurting him?
This is the weirdest national campaign I've ever seen. Slinky is prepping for the debates, and he wants us to know that he has his "zingers" ready
In yet another debate prep dispatch, the New York Times reports that Romney's people have "equipped him with a series of zingers that he has memorized and has been practicing on aides since August." Said zingers are set for deployment once Romney has "lured the president into appearing smug or evasive about his responsibility for the economy." Understandably, the campaign did not offer any hints as to the nature of the zingers . . .
[Booman] So, Romney has spent over a month memorizing "zingers" which he will then attempt to offer in a spontaneous and witty manner in the debates.
I don't think this will go well.
[Atrios] We all know most "zing" moments in debates are pre-scripted, but why would you advertise that?
Hope this doesn't shock you
Mitt Romney is more apt today to talk about his support for oil drilling than about the environmental policies that he advocated while governor of Massachusetts. . . .
Yesterday we learned that Romney is boldly taking on Lyme's disease (which is a big issue in the DC/Virginia area). But what exactly is his proposed solution?
Romney campaign promises to fight Lyme Disease using 'synergy'
Why Is Romney Campaigning on Medical Quackery?
Romney’s Lyme Disease Mailer: A Play for the Christian Right?
[WP] For Romney, wealth meant both freedom and a trap
A thinker, not a doer
Over the past two years, as others labored to bring Democrats and Republicans together to tackle the nation’s $16 trillion debt, Ryan sat on the sidelines, glumly predicting their efforts were doomed to fail because they strayed too far from his own low-tax, small-government vision.
As a member of an independent debt commission in 2010, Ryan voted against a bipartisan plan to cut borrowing by $4 trillion over the next decade by raising taxes as well as cutting spending. Through much of 2011, he insisted publicly that a “grand bargain” on the budget was impossible, even as House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) pursued a deal with President Obama. And Ryan asked Boehner not to name him to the congressional “supercommittee” that took a final stab at bipartisan compromise last fall. . . .
Democrats and some Republicans say Ryan has done more to burnish his conservative credentials than to help bridge the yawning political divide that stands as the most profound barrier to action. . . .
The Sunday talk show line-ups
ABC’s This Week: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and White House senior adviser David Plouffe. Roundtable: Former Mississippi governor and RNC chair Haley Barbour; former Vermont governor and DNC chair Howard Dean, founder of Democracy for America; Democratic strategist and ABC News contributor Donna Brazile; political strategist and ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd; and POLITICO senior political reporter Maggie Haberman.
CBS’ Face the Nation: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Roundtable 1: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato and Democratic strategist Robert Shrum. Roundtable 2: Newt Gingrich, Bob Woodward, Mark Zandi, Michelle Rhee, Hedrick Smith.
Chris Hayes: SCOTUS.
CNN’s State of the Union: “Exclusive:” Sen. John McCain.” Obama Campaign Senior Adviser David Axelrod. Gov. Martin O’Malley and Sen. Roy Blunt. Roundtable: Republican Consultant Alex Castellanos, Pollster and Democratic Strategist Celinda Lake, and CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.
Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
NBC’s Meet the Press: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and White House senior adviser David Plouffe. Roundtable: Conservative activist and founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, Ralph Reed; Fmr. Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA); the BBC’s Katty Kay; NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd.
Bonus item: Ann Coulter opens up a can of whoop-ass
Ann Coulter appeared on ABC’s The View and decided to tell Whoopi Goldberg what black people think. It didn’t go over well.
[Whoopi] “Hold on Miss Coulter, please stop, please stop. If you’re gonna talk about race, at least know what you’re talking about. Tell me how much you know about being black.” [watch!]
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