What does Tommy Thompson’s Harley have to do with repealing health care reform?

Absolutely nothing, unless Tommy’s trying to appear young(er), hip, and “cool” to pull in a different demographic than the over-50 crowd that remembers his time as governor of Wisconsin.

To read more about Tommy Thompson’s gaffe-filled history here in Wisconsin, check out the thirteen gaffes of Tommy.

Mitt Romney’s Burmese connection

On Sunday I wrote about the furor that erupted when it was discovered the outfits that will be worn by U.S. Olympic athletes at the opening and closing ceremonies for the London Olympics were actually made in China, and I noted reaction to the revelation was bipartisan in nature.

Conspicuously without comment on the flap is Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, perhaps with a very bad reason:

For the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, who has repeatedly promised on the trail to “get tough” on China, opposing the manufacturing seemed a likely stance, except that while at the helm of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Romney outsourced the production of torchbearer uniforms to Burma.

For Romney, the 2002 Olympics anecdote represents another instance of outsourcing under his stewardship, as President Barack Obama’s reelection team continues to assail him for shipping jobs overseas while at private equity firm Bain Capital. It also exposes an embarrassing oversight in allowing the uniforms to be manufactured in Burma, which until just last year was controlled by a brutal military regime.

Keep in mind that more than 10,000 runners wore the uniforms in question while carrying the Olympic torch to the Winter Games, so the decision to outsource production of those uniforms to a country controlled by a brutal dictatorship is no small thing.

Eric Hovde spends $4 million of his own money to try to buy U.S. Senate seat

Not content to buy banks in his free time, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Eric Hovde has turned his attention to purchasing a seat in the United States Senate.

According to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Hovde has spent $3.8 million of his hedge fund fortune to try to buy the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Herb Kohl. It’s telling that Hovde’s campaign only managed to raise a paltry $350,000 in contributions from persons not named Eric Hovde, but for a guy who buys banks in his free time, support is something that can be bought, instead of being earned.

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