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The Beltway courtier press acts like it’s a big coincidence when someone whose last name isn’t McCain shows up on more than two Sunday chatscrums. Oh, look, full-court press! The full Ginsburg! As if the professional publicists for these shy creatures hadn’t been hard at work for months, working with publishers’ deadlines to select The Big Date with Jeb! Bush for all five gabfests:

Bush’s appearance on “Face The Nation” was part of a Sunday show blitz. The former governor, who is promoting a new book on immigration, is appeared [sic] on five Sunday news programs.

However do you suppose THAT happened? Oh, and look what else happened to come up during this book promotion tour:

Widely viewed as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, Bush said Sunday that he isn’t thinking about the next election yet, with the 2012 election barely in the rearview mirror.

“We just had an election, four years is a long way from now, and I think it’s better to stay focused on the things that I’m doing now,” Bush said.

Yeah, you stay focused on promoting your book, Jebbie. Three years is also a long way from now, and three years from today the GOP nomination might be all sewn up. So you keep on thinking it’s four years from now.

You know who forgot we just had an election, though? And that his brother, Mitt, lost their home state big time? Scott Romney, who managed to get a piece of “beltway claptrap” (h/t a certain trouble-making blogger friend) sourced into Roll Call:

Scott Romney, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s brother, is looking at running for retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin’s seat, according to a Michigan GOP source with first-hand knowledge of his interest.

The Republican is a Harvard-educated corporate attorney at the Detroit-based law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, LLP. He was not immediately available for comment.

“Not immediately available for comment” — most likely because he was burning up his phone lines to other beltway-claptrap purveyors, trying to get the story out there without Scott Romney fingerprints on it. I mean, really: who gives a “Michigan GOP source with first hand knowledge of his interest” anonymity to comment unless that person is also named Scott Romney? Thus making the story just so much beltway claptrap.

This week’s biggest retread, though, has to be Ron Paul’s spawn Rand Paul, the Senator who launched a thousand potty jokes in hour twelve of his “historic” filibuster. And who now claims he doesn’t get the respect he’s due from certain other members of the Senate who, coincidentally, called him a “wacko bird:”

”I treat Sen. McCain with respect, I don’t know if I always get the same in return.” McCain, who opposed Paul’s filibuster of now-CIA Director John Brennan, also referred to Paul, along with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), as “wacko birds” in a separate interview.

You know you’ve reached a certain low point in Senate esteem when Get-Off-My-Lawn (R-Az.) calls you a “wacko bird.” I mean, he oughta know.

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