Once around the PAC, James, and don’t spare the horses.
Item: Paul Ryan Hearts Mitt Romney
First there was the Democratic National Committee’s web video highlighting the man-love between Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R-You Got My Good Side?) and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney (R-They’re All My Good Side).
From Politico’s Morning Score:
DNC POUNCES: After the House passed Ryan’s budget yesterday and as Romney heads to Wisconsin today, the DNC is releasing a memo and a new web video to highlight the Romney-Ryan “bro-mance.” The video, titled “That’s Amore,” and the memo from DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse describe their ideas as extreme and accuse them of wanting to end Medicare as we know it to pay for tax cuts for millionaires and corporations. Read Brad’s three-page memo: http://bit.ly/HraZen. Watch the 80-second video:http://bit.ly/HwspTr.
Then on Friday, Ryan officially endorsed Romney. Via the New York Times:
The endorsement from Mr. Ryan comes four days before the Wisconsin primary, a contest in which Mr. Romney is trying to solidify his dominance over Rick Santorum. Mr. Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee and a rising leader in the Republican Party, planned to remain neutral in the contest, but he said voters in his southern Wisconsin district were looking for guidance as to whom they should support when voting here on Tuesday.
“I can’t walk 20 yards down the aisle of the grocery store without someone saying, ‘Who should I vote for in the primary?’” Mr. Ryan said, adding that he made his decision because Mr. Romney had a better grasp of the deep fiscal burden facing the country.
Moral of the story: Stay out of grocery stores.
Item: RNC = Really Not Cosher
From Bloomberg News:
A Republican Party Internet advertisement altered the audio of U.S. Supreme Court (1000L) oral arguments in an attack on President Barack Obama’s health-care law.
In a web ad circulated this week, the Republican National Committee excerpts the opening seconds of the March 27 presentation by Obama’s top Supreme Court lawyer, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli. In the ad, he is heard struggling for words and twice stopping to drink water.
“Obamacare,” the ad concludes, in words shown against a photograph of the high court. “It’s a tough sell.”
A review of a transcript and recordings of those moments shows that Verrilli took a sip of water just once, paused for a much briefer period and completed his thought — rather than stuttering and trailing off as heard in the edited version.
The ad marks a blurring of the line between the law and politics, in which the nation’s highest court — and the justices and lawyers who decide and argue cases — are becoming fodder for Republicans’ and Democrats’ arguments over the validity of the president’s signature domestic legislative achievement.
Put another way: It really doesn’t get lamer than that.
Item: Koch Heads Sniff Gas (Prices)
From MSNBC’s First Read:
The American Energy Alliance — a group with reported ties to the conservative Koch Brothers — has launched a $3 million-plus TV ad campaign hitting President Obama on higher gas prices.
The campaign — at a buy of $3.2 million — will air in Colorado, Iowa, Florida, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, and Virginia from March 30 through April 12, according to NBC’s ad-tracking data.
The Gasoline Price Blame Game (via Politifact).
Discuss among yourselves.
Item: Karl Rove Hearts Vladimir Putin
From Politico’s (invaluable) Morning Score:
EXCLUSIVE – CROSSROADS CAPITALIZES ON HOT MIC INCIDENT: The conservative outside group American Crossroads weighs in on President Obama’s hot mic moment with an 80-second web video that warns “America can’t afford the risk” of a second term. The made-to-be funny and sure-to-go-viral video is a faux James Bond trailer with a British woman’s voice instructing Obama that he has a top secret mission to win reelection, “weaken our defenses and fundamentally transform the world.” Dimitry Medvedev stars as “Dr. Transmitkov,” and a shirtless Vladimir Putin is featured. Watch: http://bit.ly/H14f6j.
It’s funny – and sad at the same time.