House Republicans say they'd never push Grandma over the proverbial Medicare cliff. If you don't believe it, just ask their parents, who are starring in a string of early ads by vulnerable lawmakers.
Taking a cue from Paul Ryan, the author of the Medicare makeover plan that Democrats are trying to bury them with, vulnerable GOP lawmakers are invoking Mom and Dad as character witnesses in a string of campaign ads.
Ryan brought his mom to several campaign events after he was picked as Mitt Romney's No. 2 last month.
Who better, the House members say, to counter potentially lethal Democratic attacks that they want to end a program that's near and dear to seniors?
A new poll has found that Southern whites, long considered one of the linchpins of the Republicans' "Southern strategy," are bothered by GOP candidate Mitt Romney's wealth and religion.
According to the Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted over several months in 11 states from Virginia to Texas, 38 percent of Bible Belt voters said they are less likely to vote for a candidate who is "very wealthy" than one who isn't, and many viewed Mormonism as a cult.
No word on how many also thought the Civil War wasn't over.
Best Congress money can buy
Familiar names top Roll Call's annual survey of congressional wealth.
Republican Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas is the richest member of Congress for the second year in a row, reporting a vast fortune that in 2011 had a minimum net worth surpassing $300 million.
McCaul is followed by Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, who reported a minimum net worth of $198.65 million, and Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California, who reported a minimum net worth of $140.55 million.
Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri came in at No. 20, with $15.57 million.
Which explains why Congress can't bring itself to raise taxes on the wealthy -- it would be a conflict of interest.
The other twin towers
NBC's ailing "Today" show has gone through a string of public relations blunders in recent months, but last week's failure to televise the moment of silence in remembrance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks may take the cake.
While President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama led the moment of observation from the White House, and the New York fire and police department and Port Authority Police did the same from the ground zero site, "Today" instead broadcast an interview with Kris Jenner discussing her breast implants.
Next up on "Today": Kate Middleton discussing French chateau apres-ski wear.
Born to eat
The famously liberal Bruce Springsteen has never said anything publicly about one of his biggest fans, New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie.
But the Boss' 20-year-old daughter is addressing Christie. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says accomplished equestrian Jessica Springsteen has signed a letter urging Christie to sign a bill that would ban slaughtering horses in the state. There's no word on what the governor intends to do with the bill.
However, Christie reportedly has found the perfect wine pairing for horsemeat -- a nice caberneeeeiiiiigh.