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4:20 QUOTE OF THE DAY "I don’t live a middle class life any more," Vice President Joe Biden said at a campaign event in Iowa. "I live in a beautiful home. They fly me around. You know what I mean?" (h/t Zoe Schlanger)
4:00 THE FULL MONTY Amazing collection of Monty Python sketches that have been referenced in the 2012 campaign so far, collected by the National Journal. Watch them all, hard to pick one, but here goes–Cleese in prescient impersonation of, let’s say, Romney as super-rich banker who can’t imagine helping poor.
3:15 SKIPPING RECORD Sen. Claire McCaskill joins long list of Dems planning to skip her party’s convention (does she think this well make voters think she is weak on Obama?). TPM has full current list, which it titles "Running for the Hills." Includes Sen. Joe Manchin, Sen. Jon Tester (who prefers hanging with Pearl Jam or his tractor), and various Reps.
3:10 MORE SHORTS Glenn Beck’s electoral map is all red except for Colorado which he gives to Obama for some reason…New polls shows dead heat in Mass. race for Senate…. Biden says Romney "devastated" American communities at Bain… Slate: Koch Brothers "hostile takeover" of Cato Institute ends in rare defeat… Do women’s health issues threaten Rep. Eric Cantor’s re-election bid?… Obama hushed a crowd today booing Romney, saying he is "patriotic American."
3:00 KYL POLICY Yes, Sen. John Kyl does say that perhaps they should impeach Obama over the DREAM move. Or joking about Bosox trading Youklis. Naming his dog Bo. Or something…. And a GOPer running for Congress in Minn. — and in competititve race–now promising to go ahead with impeachment if elected, also over DREAM.
12:00 AFTERNOON DELIGHTS Obama calls Florida governor Rick Scott—but it’s only to talk about the big (weather) storm… Study finds new Obama ads hitting Romney as outsourcer-in-chief could have big impact… Ari Berman: “New voting restrictions pending in MI & NH. They’d be 19th and 20th state to pass voting restrictions since start of 2011”… As noted below, it’s primary day in NY and Charles Rangel still can’t figure out why Obama has not endorsed him… Condi Rice: Yeah, Romney’s foreign policy wouldn’t be much different than Obama’s. For rare time, she may be right.