Welcome to a bonus roundup/open thread for Sunday, April 29th.
Obama: The President appears to have bounced up a little since last week, when Romney was leading several different national polls. Now Obama is tied or leading in the last 10 polls.
Correspondents dinner: I will give the President credit for being quite funny. And I was also surprised at the self-deprecating jokes about eating dogs when he was in Indonesia. "What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull? A pitbull is delicious." I was impressed with Obama's ability to keep things -- even hot button issues -- mostly lighthearted.
Romney: On the other hand, Eric Fehrnstrom is saying Romney won't be "slow jamming the news" any time soon, unilaterally disarming the Governor from attempting to be a hipper candidate. Fehrnstrom doesn't rule out, however, an SNL appearance in the future for Romney.
Paul: Paul will be in Nevada next weekend for the state's convention. And so will I.
IN-Sen: The Young Guns Network is targeting Richard Mourdock in the GOP primary, saying he wants to abolish the Department of Education and calling him extreme for that viewpoint. This is dangerous territory, folks. The American Action Network seemed to realize the same thing, deciding to pull its ads, lest it hit too hard on the eventual GOP nominee. And the 2008 presidential ticket is split, with McCain endorsing Lugar and Palin endorsing Mourdock. I think this is heading Mourdock's way folks.
Rubio: Rubio voted no to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act last Thursday. Ayotte and Portman, as well as 13 other GOP Senators, voted yes. Rubio said he wasn't a fan of the way money was being diverted away from domestic violence programs, but the easy headline is that he voted against a bill that protects women from violence, buying into the "war on women" narrative.
MT-Sen: The Rehberg campaign has sent RRH a private memo detailing their campaign strategy going forward against Senator Tester in November. We weren't given leway to publish the memo in full, but can paraphrase that Rehberg is going to hit Tester hard on Obamacare, Supreme Court Justices, bailouts, and local Montana issues like the Maelstrom Air Force Base, whose funding may be cut under the New START treaty.
PA-12: With Mark Critz's victory, Cook has changed the race for this seat to toss-up, from previously being a lean Democratic hold. Keith Rothfuss, our candidate here, has the "one tough nerd' look going strong for himself.
Internship: An unidentified GOP House member is seeking summer interns, for those of you interested in being in DC this summer. Those with "solid pro-life beliefs" are encouraged to apply. Send resume, references, and writing sample to email@example.com
1. What can the Paul campaign accomplish by succeeding at winning delegates at state conventions? Assuming (safely) they can't overtake Romney to win the nomination, what does the Paul campaign gain by winning this part of the process?
2. Does Romney need to be seen as "cool" to combat Obama's perceived coolness? Should Romney take concerted efforts to be seen as more down to earth?