Keynote speech for Christie?
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's next act is the subject of much speculation within the Republican Party. After wowing conservatives at the recent CPAC gathering in Illinois, he is beginning to generate some buzz as a prospect for the GOP convention's keynote speech.
Mitt Romney has given no hints about whom he'll recruit as a running mate or ask to deliver the plum prime-time address. And Christie's camp won't comment.
There's certainly a good argument to be made for Christie, who is up for re-election in 2013. His favorability ratings in New Jersey are high. And he put some skin in the game by backing Romney when it mattered and by serving as a top Romney surrogate.
Equally important, his CPAC speech showed the New Jersey governor knows how to thread the needle. He proved he can stick it to President Barack Obama without going overboard, a skill that will be in great demand in August when the nation is watching.
He said it, but why?
"My dad never worked in a Food Fair. My dad never wore a blue collar. Barack makes me sound like I just climbed out of a mine in Scranton, Pennsylvania, carrying a lunch bucket," Vice President Joe Biden said at a conference with U.S. mayors in Orlando, Fla.
"No one in my family worked in a factory," Biden added.
Simmer down, dude. No one's going to make you work in a factory. But Wal-Mart can always use another greeter.
Edwards is guilty of something
John Edwards' former mistress Rielle Hunter makes explosive claims in her new book, saying she was not the first woman with whom he had an affair while he was married.
"He told me that he had an entire hidden life that had gone on for decades and that he was currently involved with three different women," she wrote in "What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me," according to People magazine, which snagged an advance copy of the book. "One lived in Los Angeles, one in Florida and one in Chicago. Clearly this behavior of his was not going to change overnight."
Hunter added that she didn't believe Edwards' wife of 32 years, Elizabeth, was an "innocent victim" and that Edwards claimed the marriage had many problems.
BTW, new photos show Edwards and Hunter are still together, which makes sense since his poor wife is still dead.
Do as he says, not as he does
Even though Ron Paul wants younger generations to transition away from Social Security, the Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate says he receives checks.
"I do," Paul acknowledged.
Asked by The Huffington Post if he shouldn't set an example by declining the government benefit, Paul said no.
"I use the Federal Reserve System, but that doesn't mean that you can't work to remove this. In the same way on Social Security, I am trying to make a transition. If I were 20 years old and was offered the chance, I'd jump at it, and the young people are jumping at it because they know this is not solvent."
Paul, 76, has argued that Social Security and Medicare are technically unconstitutional.
So he's just technically hypocritical.
It's Carville, stupid!
In their forthcoming book, "It's the Middle Class, Stupid!," Democratic strategists James Carville and Stan Greenberg lay out a harsh critique of Republican fiscal policies and a groundwork for Democratic economic proposals.
And, as you might expect, it's Carville who comes out swinging with some of the most colorful language.
Carville on rich people: "Only when rich people own Yellowstone will they be happy. Then when they buy Yellowstone they will want an exemption so they don't have to pay property tax on it."
Isn't Carville among the 1 percent?