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Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 11/21/2011

Supercommittee’s backwards day, the Keyser Soze of the Romney campaign, and Clarence Thomas’ nickname (read-this roundup)

How’s this for logic? Sometimes, failure is success! The debt-reducing “supercommittee” is bracing for... deadlock, but some prefer to see the glass half full, our colleague Ezra Klein reports.
Supercommittee deadlock might not be so bad. (J. Scott Applewhite - AP)

Elsewhere, there’s an enigma within former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s campaign. Our colleague Jason Horowitz profiles Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades, who a pal describes thusly: “When he wants to meet you, he will call you. He is Keyser Soze,” says Kevin Madden, a friend of Rhoades and a Romney alum.

And our colleague Robert Barnes reveals Clarence Thomas’s secret childhood nickname. The Supreme Court Chief Justice’s friends from youth now call him “our homeboy, Boy.”

This apparently was better than the alternatives: other monikers in his hometown included “Pig, Wasp, Nerve, Pigeon.”

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