Fred Thompson: Like Heck I Stayed in the Race to Hurt Huckabee!
It seems strange to relitigate a fight from the 2008 GOP presidential primary, but perhaps many Republicans’ minds are on the notion of multiple conservative candidates dividing the vote in South Carolina, leaving the “Establishment” choice a path to victory.
Fred Thompson’s Words of Warning to 2012 Candidates
Over on the home page, Fred Thompson talks about how the narrative of “no fire in the belly” was shaped on his 2008 campaign – regardless of the actual facts in the anecdotes that drove that narrative.
Based on his experience, …
Fred Thompson Found a Republican He Doesn’t Prefer
Last week, I noted the upcoming special House election in New York, where no date is yet set but some conservatives are preferring Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman to Republican Dierdre Scozzafava. Hoffman has picked up the support of Fred …
Dan Balz of the Washington Post seems to think that California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s sparse voting record — there’s some dispute as to whether she was registered to vote before 2002 — is a major scandal, one that requires “…
Where Are All the Complaints About Negative Campaigning?
As I noted on Twitter, the two Democrats running for governor this year, Jon Corzine in New Jersey and Creigh Deeds in Virginia, have run almost entirely negative campaigns since the primaries ended. Complaints from the usual mainstream-media suspects aren’t …
Rasmussen Sees Lower ObamaCare Support and Cowbell Deficiency
I know there are those who are skeptical of Rasmussen’s robo-pollsters, but for what it’s worth, their latest poll puts Obama’s health-care plan at its lowest yet — 41 percent support, 56 percent oppose . . .
Did Anti-Joe-Wilson Protesters ‘Move On’ to Something Else?
The president of the Hilton Head Republican Club tells me that yesterday’s event featuring Rep. Joe Wilson was a huge success:
Before his speech, Wilson told club members he had a “town hall moment” when he yelled out “you lie” …
Did We Say a September Deadline? We Meant October-ish
The news from Obama in July: “President Obama had more harsh words for Iran Friday in the wake of its contested election, warning the government in Tehran that the world is unlikely to wait beyond September for signs of cooperation …
Does Joe Biden Dream of Unemployed Electric Sheep?
Yesterday, “Vice President Joe Biden delivered a rousing review of the government’s economic stimulus plan in a conversation with the nation’s governors. ‘In my wildest dreams, I never thought it would work this well,’ he …
Maybe We Can Get Houck to Talk to Deeds
Virginia Democratic state Senator Edd Houck, in an e-mail to constituents this week: “Fortunately, Governor [Tim] Kaine’s proposals contain no tax increases… With salaries remaining stagnant or worse individuals losing their jobs, a tax increase is unneeded.”Virginia …
Big Crowds at Iowa Campaign Events Mean . . . Nothing, Really.
Don’t put too much stock into crowd size as an indicator of momentum in Iowa. Looking back four years, we find . . .
December 31, 2007:
[John] Edwards, his wife, Elizabeth, and their three kids race around Iowa in a frenzied final campaign …
The Need for a Federal SNOB Act
On the ubiquity of structures, buildings, roads, and other projects named after Robert Byrd in West Virginia, I am told this perfect anecdote: “Fred Thompson jokes about traveling through Mississippi with Trent Lott a few years ago, and noticing how …
Meanwhile, Out in Colorado . . .
A new poll out in Colorado puts Obama’s approval/disapproval split at 48 percent/47 percent, in a state he carried 53 percent to 44 percent last year. A couple other interesting nuggets: The leading Republican gubernatorial candidate is former congressman Scott McInnis, the …
Obama’s No-Time-for-Olympics-Trip Pledge Reaches Its Expiration Date
As far as expiration dates go, this is small potatoes, but it illustrates that a strongly held position can change quite quickly in this White House:
The president said in a Sept. 14 interview that he was too occupied by the …
Jon Corzine Borrows Ed Schultz’s Cancer Accusations
The campaign of New Jersey governor Jon Corzine will be a useful lesson for Republicans running in 2010, to tell them what to expect when things look dire for an incumbent Democrat.
When you run against a troubled Democratic incumbent, they …
Something About That Surname Reminds People of Heated Bread
It makes me, and a couple other football fans with long memories, chuckle when we hear a Democratic state senator calling New York governor David Paterson “toast,” because the first time I heard that nickname was in association with another …
Robert Gibbs Watches, But He Doesn’t Necessarily Listen
I was a last-minute guest on Howard Kurtz’s “Reliable Sources” this weekend, and I thought this anecdote from CNN’s Ed Henry was intriguing:
HENRY: Sometimes, and I’ll give you one quick story, which is, recently, I was on a health-care …
Culture of Corruption, Part Forty-Three
I am not sure if this is pure, ipso-facto corruption, but it certainly smells funny:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration violated procedures last year when it approved a knee repair device even though its own scientists recommended against …
The Baron’s Horsemen Will Be Coming Around to Collect Your Gold Coins Soon
Remember Archduke Czar Viscount Earl Pasha Baron Hill, the Indiana Democrat, who wanted those peasants to remember he’s doing them a favor by lowering himself to meeting with the unwashed?
Student: Why can’t I film this, isn’t this my right?…
The Corzine Campaign Messes With Joe Biden
The fact that Jon Corzine’s campaign is putting up billboards in Trenton saying “KEEP IT GOING: OBAMA CORZINE” is one of the sadder things I’ve seen in politics.
I wonder how Joe Biden feels about this.