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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus had harsh words for Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Wednesday.  Priebus accused the Florida Representative of blaming the Tea Party for the January 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ).

Wasserman Schultz “should apologize immediately,” Priebus tweeted Wednesday afternoon.  He later appeared on CNN, accusing the Chairwoman of using the tragedy to try to “score political points.”

Thanks to Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, Bain Capital is all over the news this week, prompting an upset MItt Romney to accuse his rivals of turning to "the bitter politics of envy" in order to halt his momentum. But is it possible the latest round of attacks will actually work to Romney's advantage in the general election?

Some pundits have thrown out the idea that because the Bain story is coming up sooner than expected, it will be that tougher for Democrats to go on the offensive later as per their original plan.

"[If] Romney wins the nomination, this early fuss might have inoculated him against the Scrooge gambit," TIME columnist Joe Klein wrote."The public may feel Bain is same old, same old by October."

Don't buy it, Democrats say. Even while they acknowledge that they planned to roll out the Bain angle later for a reason, they find it pretty hard to contain their grins overall.

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When it comes to Hispanic outreach, Republicans on Wednesday took two tiny steps forward and one giant step back. The RNC announced they were ramping up their outreach efforts to Hispanic voters and Mitt Romney released an advertisement in Florida in Spanish. But it's hard to see either of those overshadowing Romney's embrace of the architect of notorious Arizona and Alabama anti-immigration laws.

Wednesday morning, the Romney campaign announced the endorsement of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. "I'm so proud to earn Kris's support," Romney said in the press release. "Kris has been a true leader on securing our borders and stopping the flow of illegal immigration into this country," which Romney said he was "very pleased to get."

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Michelle Obama is now officially on Twitter.

“We’re excited today to launch @michelleobama as a new way for you to connect with First Lady Michelle Obama and the President’s campaign,” reads the first tweet.

Within the 1.5 hours since the account has been activated, she has gained over four thousand followers, and the count is steadily rising.

The account will be managed by the First Lady’s campaign staff, with her personal tweets signed by “-mo.”

Comedian Stephen Colbert is considering jumping in the race for the Republican nomination – or so he joked on his program Wednesday.  He emphasized his qualification as not being Mitt Romney, and promised his fans a big announcement on Thursday.

This comes on the heels of a recent PPP poll which showed Colbert beating Jon Huntsman in a hypothetical South Carolina race.  The Colbert Report host received 5% of the vote, versus 4% for the former Utah Governor.

Speaking to voters at a cafe in Daniel Island, SC, Jon Huntsman said that he will embark on a “Grateful Dead-like tour” across the country to regain the trust of the citizenry.

Huntsman has demonstrated a penchant for music on the campaign trail, cracking a joke about Kurt Cobain at a debate in September and jamming out on the piano during an appearance last month on the Late Show with David Letterman.

While he has not explicitly endorsed anyone just yet, South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint does want Ron Paul to hang on so his ideas rub off on the eventual nominee, reports the Daily Caller:

“I really don’t want Ron Paul to drop out until whoever our front-runner is is collecting some of the ideas that he’s talking about,” DeMint, who recently predicted Mitt Romney would win the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary, said when TheDC asked if it was time for other GOP presidential contenders to drop out and support the former Massachusetts governor.

Kevin Shwedo, director of the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, told state legislators on Wednesday that 900 people who were documented as having cast their votes are actually dead.

In conjunction with the state’s new voter identification law — which is currently being investigated by the United States Justice Department — Shwedo poured through the records of over 230,000 residents without a driver’s license or comparable ID.

Although Schwedo did not specify when the dubious votes were cast, his discoveries are disconcerting to a state that is about to host the first southern primary: the Election Commission records included 30,000 people who are dead and over 91,000 people who now reside in different states.

Bob Kerrey hasn’t even decided if he’s running for Ben Nelson’s Nebraska Senate seat, but American Crossroads isn’t taking any chances. Late Wednesday, the super PAC began airing an ad attacking Kerrey. They put $30,000 into the ad buy, which will run through Sunday.