by Max Brantley
The line is open. Close-outs:
* GUBERNATORIAL GUESSING GAME: What if another Democrat with deep pockets lined up with Mike Ross, Dustin McDaniel and Bill Halter to run for governor in 2014? Intriguing rumor and I'm checking. I could add Mark Pryor to this speculative list just for fun, though McDaniel has said he would NOT run if Pryor did.
* BANK ROBBED: An Arvest branch at 4724 Camp Robinson Road, North Little Rock, was robbed this afternoon.
* MESSAGE MASTERY: A 15-cent marketing promotion fee on each Christmas tree has been dropped officially by the Obama administration. No need fighting to defend the "Christmas tree tax." What'll he do now to back off something he didn't actually say — that Americans are lazy? It's already a hot campaign trail lie. Sometimes, I think, if you know you're going to be misrepresented, slandered and otherwise abused, it's better to stick with your guns. Start making your own messages instead of reacting.