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Mitt Romney somehow can’t match Donald Trump’s self-promoting bombast, which is incredible considering this is a guy who owns a car elevator and a dancing horse. John McCain and Patrick Leahy want to make Congressional Research Service reports public, because if they can sound smarter than they actually are, the American people deserve to sound smarter than they actually are. And CPAC kicked into full swing, though it’s unclear if it can match the hedonistic, anything-goes highs of last year’s Project Veritas afterparty. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Thursday, March 3rd, 2016:
Random sights and sounds from CPAC: "If Trump were nominated, I think I would write-in 'Jesus.'" The impromptu dance floor at the Turning Point USA pavillion. Buzz Aldrin, like a total boss, interrupting all talk of hot button conservative issues by waltzing onto the main stage, saying he's not there as a Democrat or Republican, and lecturing the crowd on planetary exploration ("...cycling pathways to occupy mars must be organized progressively"). The PowerPoint at the "Engaging Millennials" breakout session ("Be authentic"). "Omigod, Emma, guess who we just saw? Thom Tillis!" The Trump cardboard cutout at the National Review booth wearing a t-shirt with its "AGAINST TRUMP" cover. Rand Paul's declining fortunes.
DEBATE TONIGHT! Can Donald Trump resist insulting a woman for two whole hours? "Thursday's Republican debate on Fox News Channel could be Round 2 of Megyn Kelly versus Donald Trump. But the journalist and fellow moderators say they are not preparing to stoke the fire with questions about his headline-grabbing battles with the network." [Reuters]
MITT ROMNEY: DONALD TRUMP IS NOT PEOPLE, MY FRIENDS - The real estate baron wants to put America's Constitution in an airtight kennel above his car. Scott Conroy and Igor Bobic: "Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney spoke out forcefully on Thursday against Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump in a speech in Salt Lake City. In his remarks, Romney offered praise for the three other GOP White House hopefuls who remain in the race: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. 'Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud,' he said at the University of Utah. 'His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He's playing the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House, and all we get is a lousy hat.' Romney added that Trump's 'domestic policies would lead to recession. His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe. He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president. And his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill.' The business mogul "relishes any poll that reflects what he thinks of himself. But polls are also saying that he will lose to Hillary Clinton," he said." [HuffPost]
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DONALD TRUMP GETS AIDS - Grim: "Audiences at screenings around the world, and some even in the United States, have been cheering and applauding a macabre scene in a new film by Sacha Baron Cohen in which "Donald Trump" accidentally contracts HIV. 'The Brothers Grimsby' opens March 11 in the U.S., though chances are you're learning that for the first time here, given a decision by Sony Pictures to limit its marketing of the satiric comedy. The studio is concerned about the reaction from the real Donald Trump, according to industry sources familiar with the situation...Back at Sony's Hollywood headquarters, however, there has been much less enthusiasm about the scene in question. Three industry sources said that Sony had made its displeasure clear and pushed to remove the scene, but that Baron Cohen, in a rare deal for a producer-actor, has final authority over the film." [HuffPost]
GOP FOREIGN POLICY ESTABLISHMENT NOT FOND OF TRUMP - Go fig! Too much torture, we guess. Jessica Schulberg: "Sixty Republican national security heavyweights vow in an open letter released late Wednesday to work 'energetically' to prevent GOP front-runner Donald Trump from winning the party's nomination. The experts, who represent vastly divergent GOP ideologies, describe Trump's vision of American influence as 'wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle.' They warned that a Trump presidency would 'make America less safe” and “diminish our standing in the world.'" [HuffPost]
BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here are some dogs trying to keep it cool.
UNITED STATES OF FLABBERGASTATION - Ariel Edwards-Levy: "Americans may not agree on much about politics right now, but at least we're all equally confused. In a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, 76 percent of Americans, including the overwhelming majority of both parties, said that this election is weirder than past elections. Just 4 percent view 2016 as a paragon of normalcy." [HuffPost]
- British people try their best American accent.
- The first trailer for the "Ghostbusters" remake.
- Iguanas are terrifying.
TWITTERAMA@paulkrugman: Am I too old to say "I can't even"? Mitt Romney as leader of the anti-Trump movement -- and citing Reagan's endorsement of Goldwater ...
@ToddZwillich: Chuck Grassley "has strong Midwestern values." - Chuck Schumer, who also has strong Midwestern values.
@MEPFuller: Chris Christie was thinking about war, about death, about the dark wind blowing from the future and the gentle indifference of it all.
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