Rand Paul has famously taken the day off, but he was certainly everywhere on the Sunday circus dial. Sarah Palin led Paul's defense, decrying a media perpetually in search of that "'gotcha' moment," while Michael Steele backed away, calling Paul's philosophy "misplaced in these times." Tim Pawlenty climbed on that mainstream Republican wagon, reports Politico, calling his remarks "unfortunate."
- Robert Gibbs isn't taking any of Palin's guff about the White House being too friendly with oil companies like BP. He cracked that she "was involved in that election but apparently wasn't paying a whole lot of attention. My suggestion to Sarah Palin would be to get slightly more informed,"
- Steele isn't buying Richard Blumenthal's claim that he, ahem, misspoke. "He knowingly misrepresented what he did," Steele says, "and that's a serious concern for a lot of voters out there."
- On whether the White House offered him a job to make him drop his campaign against Arlen Specter, "I was offered a job, and I answered that," Joe Sestak says.
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