In the Olympics, you have your big name sports like basketball, that everyone knows and will get lots of primetime coverage. Then you have your glamour sports, like gymnastics and the 100-meter dash, that everyone watches only every four years. And then you have your neglected sports, like curling or dressage or shotput, that people mostly watch to gawk at these strangely muscular people who take their hobby so seriously. And that is like the presidential race. President Obama and Mitt Romney are the main event, and then the wives and maybe the high-personality strategists soak up a lot of attention, and left for mockery are the rumpled sweaty aides. But those aides are just as serious in their competition. And on Monday we got a preview of what could be one of the must-watch face-offs of the summer: Romney spokesman Rick Gorka versus Obama spokesman Jay Carney in a contest of "sounding like you're saying something when you're saying nothing over and over again."
We've truly got a battle of the juggernauts, folks. There's Gorka, obviously impatient to prove himself, chewing gum in faux nonchalance as he does his best to give reporters no real comment on Romney's view of the Supreme Court's decision on Arizona's immigration law, as demonstrated by this amazing transcript posted by Politico. He goes up against the solid, seasoned Carney, who's almost complacent in his years of experience, such as his classic round with the White House press corps on whether Obama supported gay marriage after Vice President Joe Biden said he did on Meet the Press last month. Will it be the energetic upstart or the confident veteran?