And the hits just keep on comin’.
Mitt Romney got backhanded by yet another Republican colleague Tuesday when John McCain denied rumors that he passed over Romney for the ticket in 2008 because of tax improprieties discovered in the vetting process. Rather, McCain assured Politico, his team went with Sarah Palin because she was “a better candidate.”
Oof. Whatever the senator’s intent (certainly there’s no love lost between him and Mittens), talk about handing a bat to Romney’s detractors and stapling a “Swing Here” sign to the guy’s face.
McCain’s remark came at a particularly awkward moment for Romney, given how much of the political world was already buzzing about Palin’s revelation in the current Newsweek that she has yet to receive an invitation to the Republican love-in in Tampa next month. As she coyly observed, “one must remember this isn’t Sadie Hawkins and you don’t invite yourself and a date to the Big Dance.”