On a day when the Romney camp was hit with (and hit back against) the outrageous “felon” assertion, some question the timing of such an important leak.
Lefty journos in my timeline now complaining about Drudge/Romney camp trying to change the conversation. #HowsItFeelBitches
— BUTT/RUMP 2016 (@ezradulis) July 12, 2012
— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) July 12, 2012
If the Mitt campaign really just leaked their VP distraction story to *Drudge*, of all people, I think even less of them.
— Hunter (@HunterDK) July 12, 2012
It's Condi Rice. RT @KKoz22: Someone out there needs to scoop Drudge Report on this "Surprise VP."”
— Hesiod Theogony (@Hesiod2k11) July 12, 2012
That Drudge article on the Romney VP search is just so chock full of information. Hard to get through it all!
— Jeremy Stahl (@JeremyStahl) July 12, 2012
Question: Will Drudge get amnesia and leave this headline on til tomorrow? ROMNEY NARROWS VP CHOICES; SURPRISE NAME EMERGES AS FRONTRUNNER
— Jen Kuznicki (@JenKuznicki) July 12, 2012
— Paula Bolyard (@pbolyard) July 12, 2012
Fortunately, that “Developing…” tease didn’t take long to develop. Drudge now reports that sources say former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is the current favorite.
Drudge says Condi Rice is the front runner for the VP spot. I'd get psyched about her as the VP!
— Paul Negative-G.com (@NegativeGcom) July 12, 2012
I would cry tears of joy for that!! “@nicktjacob: Drudge says Condi Rice is Romney's VP frontrunner.”
— JTTallman (@JTTallman) July 12, 2012
Drudge is reporting that the leading candidate for Romney's VP is Condi! That would be a #gamechanger
— Chris Guizlo (@chrisguizlo) July 12, 2012
How is a Drudge VP pick like a "psychic" doing cold reads? How ISN'T it?
— Burt Likko (@burtlikko) July 12, 2012
LOL Drudge thinks Condi Rice on Romney's VP short list. Um, is she supposed to drag in AA's? Good luck w/that
— Jody (@FishHawkRdJody) July 12, 2012
— Adam Corey (@frumpy) July 12, 2012
So, is this news real or just a distraction from the felon story that wasn’t really a story?
1. Condi will not be VP. 2. Romney using DRUDGE as a distraction. 3. Everyone is falling for it.
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) July 12, 2012
— Michi I. (@michi83) July 12, 2012
So Bain attacks scared Romney camp enough to pull out big distraction w/Condi as veep. Two more bad news cycles they will be leaking Trump.
— andrew kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) July 13, 2012
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) July 12, 2012
While Twitter explodes with speculation, let’s review this exclusive report. Drudge says that Romney himself has narrowed the field to “a handful” and Rice is “now near the top of the list.” Hmm, maybe we should put the siren back in the box for now.
The day Condoleezza Rice chooses to run for office is the day the media stops talking to Donald Trump. Ain't gonna happen. GOP, move on.
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) July 13, 2012
Multiple assurances from Team Romney tonight that Condi is not happening for Veep.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) July 13, 2012
Twitchy will update the story as it develops.