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It's On: Palin Backers Shoot Back at Romney With "Bear" Web Ad

11:00 AM, May 6, 2009 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Mitt Romney grabbed headlines at the inaugural town-hall event of the National Council for a New America this Saturday by taking what many perceived as a whack at Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. For what it's worth, I thought it sounded more like the slightly clumsy joke typical of Romney (humor is not his strong suit), rather than a put-down, but it can easily be seen as a swipe. You be the judge:

"I think there are a lot more influential Republicans than that [Time list] would suggest," Romney said. "But was that the issue on the most beautiful people or the most influential people? … I'm not sure. If it's the most beautiful, I understand. We're not real cute."

It sounded like he was reaching for self-deprecating and came up short and implied something he didn't mean to, but perhaps I'm giving too much benefit of the doubt. Palin has since joined the National Council for a New America, along with Romney, Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, Eric Cantor, and former running mate John McCain, but the feud, she will not end so quietly!

Rush Limbaugh took to the mic to defend Palin against slights, claiming Bush and Romney and others "hate" and "despise" Palin. And, now Palin-backers are coming to her aid with this well-done take-off on the famous Reagan "Bear in the Woods" ad. Theirs is called "Bore in the Woods" and features Benny Hill theme music. Given that, I have no choice but to award this round to Palin.