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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.

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‚?Ě 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.

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David Harsanyi is the former editor of Human Events. He is a syndicated columnists and his work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Weekly Standard, National Review, Reason, New York Post, and numerous other publications and is the author of ‚??Obama‚??s Four Horsemen: The Disasters Unleashed by Obama‚??s Reelection‚?Ě (Regnery, 2013) and ‚??Nanny State: How Food Fascists, Teetotaling Do-Gooders, Priggish Moralists, and other Boneheaded Bureaucrats are Turning America into a Nation of Children‚?Ě (Doubleday/Broadway, 2007).

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