Heh. Looks like Romney's consultants were caught being too clever by half:
Roll Call is running a story that Jim DeMint may endorse Mitt Romney. Here’s what you need to know about it.
A number of DeMint past and present consultants in South Carolina work for Mitt Romney. I’m not sure the reporter knew just how heavily he was being spun, but he was.
The story is mostly wishful thinking by Romney consultants in South Carolina who have ties to DeMint. If you need further proof the story is bogus, consider DeMint’s own office calling the story “a fabrication”...
South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint's office pushed back forcefully on Monday against a story in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call suggesting that the senator might endorse Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor whom DeMint had supported in the 2008 presidential primary.
"That story is a fabrication made up of anonymous sources that obviously have no clue what Senator DeMint is thinking," DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton said in a statement.
Denton also reiterated what may end up being the most likely outcome from the battle for DeMint's endorsement: "He has said over and over again that he is not leaning toward any candidate yet and may end up not endorsing in the presidential race."UPDATE: Oooh, burn...From POLITICO (hat tip: Hot Air):
Matt Hoskins, who runs DeMint's Senate Conservatives Fund, said DeMint is "looking to see who wins over the grassroots, and so far Governor Romney has not done that."
"These operatives don't know what they're talking about. Senator DeMint is not leaning toward anyone at this point," Hoskins said of the story this morning.
Hoskins doesn't just call Romney's operatives liars, he has the audacity to point out how Romney's campaign isn't exactly setting conservative's hearts atwitter. Heh.