Romney is not going to pick Chris Christie to be his running-mate. How do I know? He told me. Ha! Just kidding. Got you for a second there, didn’t I, Andrea Mitchell?
Nothing gets journalists chattering like a debate about themselves, so I suppose it shouldn’t be a surprise that my post yesterday about the fixation many news outlets have with being first attracted some notice. Nearly everyone who contacted me about the piece did so to say “Amen!” Except for the poor souls whose job it is to produce micro-scoops on a daily or hourly basis.
Foster Friess, the conservative financier behind Rick Santorum’s super-PAC, was on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” a few minutes ago. Mitchell asked him whether he was concerned about Santorum’s stands on social issues, and their potential to alienate voters. Friess said that he thought the social issues were a distraction, with so many people struggling financially—which is reasonable enough. Then he said this: This contraception thing, my gosh, it’s [so] inexpensive. You know, back in my days, they’d use Bayer aspirin for contraception.
Just overheard on MSNBC, as Mitt Romney answered a question from Andrea Mitchell about yesterday's "firing" statement: We all want to get rid of our insurance companies. We don’t want Obama to tell us we can’t. Romney likes single-payer -- who knew?! My friends at FireDogLake will be happy. I'm not sure the boys at Club for Growth will feel quite the same way. Of course, I'm taking the quote out of context, as many people have done in the past 24 hours.
On MSNBC just now, Andrea Mitchell told Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell that the Obama White House is distancing itself from a USA Today editorial written by Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer arguing, in Mitchell's words, that "it's un-American to protest" Obama's health care plan at town hall meetings. Wrong. Mitchell is buying right into a Drudge-promoted conservative spin on the article.
Now we wait for the margins. Olberman asked a smart question about whether the fact that it was "too close to call" for about an hour changes her over/under. Maybe, especially since Olberman and Matthews and Andrea Mitchell just spent the past hour almost speaking about her campaign in the past tense. All of a sudden, a less than 10 point victory for her looks like an upset. --Jason Zengerle