>>> An editorial Akron Beacon Journal editorial explains everything you need to know about Josh Mandel:
Josh Mandel has become a Saturday Night Live skit. Asked whether he would abandon statements deemed “pants on fire” by the respected Politifact column of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate has said he will not — without a trace of embarrassment, even telling reporters at one point that it is their job to “do the grunt work.”
Mandel trades in hyperbole, hurling such words as “ridiculous,” “outrageous,” “radical,” “over our dead bodies.” During a session with reporters and editors of the Columbus Dispatch last week, the state treasurer (for all of 20 months) labeled his opponent “un-American,” and Sherrod Brown, the Democratic incumbent, was sitting in the room. Will Ferrell would be hard pressed to play the part better. The dismaying thing is, Mandel is serious....
...On occasion, Mandel laments how the Brown campaign has been outspending his effort. What he doesn’t say is that outside groups have spent roughly $15 million on his behalf, the money undisclosed and devoted to tearing down the senator. Arguably, this onslaught has kept Mandel close in the polls, distracting from his puny record as treasurer, his short stay in the state legislature. In this way, too, his candidacy seems more parody — until you recall the stakes.
Mandel's campaign and work ethics are despicable.
* Is there some type of Republican meeting going on this week? We're not watching it. I'd rather get a root canal than watch the Republicans bloviate about themselves.
* David Shuster noticed bad behavior:
....Respected US TV journalist David Shuster, who was attending the event, tweeted about the incident which a Republican National Convention spokesman labelled as 'inexcusable and unacceptable'.
'GOP attendee ejected for throwing nuts at African American CNN camera woman + saying "This is how we feed animals.",' Mr Shuster tweeted his 45,000 followers on Tuesday....
...US news channel CNN confirmed the incident in a statement: '[We] can confirm there was an incident directed at an employee inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum earlier this afternoon.....