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Dem-friendly super PACs ready for VP pick


As Mitt Romney moves closer to making a final decision on his vice presidential running mate, Democrats are, not surprisingly, preparing their counterattack.

The super PAC, American Bridge 21st Century, launched a new website Friday called Veepmistake.com, a site that already offers more than 1,300 pages of opposition research on just three of Mitt???s potential picks.

(They better hurry and pull together that Condi Rice book.)

To this point, the group has issued relatively exhaustive briefing papers on Ohio’s Sen. Rob Portman (347 pages) Florida’s Sen. Marco Rubio (555 pages) and former Minnesota governor and presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty (493).

Most of the papers’ information — as these kind of books often do — rehashes existing newspaper pieces and pulls together votes out-of-context in an attempt to paint each candidate as a heartless conservative ideologue. There don’t appear to be any blockbusters here, though you never know what kind of distractions will grab the attention of the press corps.

You may recall that American Bridge 21st Century is a  group that employs some full-time ???trackers??? that follow Republican candidates around hoping to catch them in a gaffe (or perhaps in a Kinsley gaffe). It also held the rights to the Internet domain name www.NewtGingrich.com during the Republican primaries, offering to sell it for $1 million or to the highest bidder.

Remember, too, that President Barack Obama once called super PACs “a threat to democracy.” But, in addition to American Bridge 21st Century, another pro-Obama super PAC, Priorities USA,  raised over $6 million last month.