What’s the Loop reading this morning?
Dinner with Romney — GOP voters asked if they’d rather have dinner with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or his wife, Ann, picked Mitt — though not because they’d like to hang with the presumptive nominee. Our colleague Dan Balz chatted with a focus group of sorts: “They chose the candidate overwhelmingly — but not because they necessarily thought he would be the liveliest conversationalist. Some said they would ask for business advice. More said they would want to find out what he is really like.”
Teed up — Golf courses are like massage parlors, but not because they’re mostly frequented by men. Our colleagues at the Reliable Source learned that the greens — beloved by members of Congress — are being treated the same as massage parlors, liquor stores, tanning salons and casinos in the stimulus bill. Unfair!
Not running — Can you hear her now? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has to keep coming up with synonyms for “no” to answer whether she’ll be on a presidential ticket. Asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer whether she’s going to sub in for Vice President Biden on the Democratic ticket this year, she had this response, per our colleagues at The Fix: “That’s like saying if the Olympic Committee called you up and said, ‘Are you ready to run the marathon, would you accept.’ Well, it is not going to happen.”