ONE-TWO PUNCH. See, not all political campaign staffers are the somber, well-bearded, and amber-lit sages that "The West Wing" folks threw out there for our entertainment during the Santos-Vinick campaign. (Well-bearded, of course, except for Donna Moss, Valkyrie Wonk Queen Of the Great Lakes.) Sometimes, they're just, well, dopes.

On a day in which convicted killer and international grifter Don King signed aboard Michael Steele's foundering plague ship in Maryland, who was the campaign genius who came up with this endorsement, too? This is a one-two combination of such pure stupid that I'm beginning to believe all those theories about the Diebold machines. No serious political party could possibly believe it could win honestly doing stuff like this.

--Charles P. Pierce