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Tomorrow we can go back to having to look up where Iowa is (*)

Posted by  ▪  January 3, 2012
Because there’s a big world out there, and stuff is doing: Iran Missile Drill Results Exaggerated, Images Photoshopped Previously American Left troubled by him, but drawn to him [link fixed] US and EU Funding Palestinian Efforts to Stop “Normalization” with Israel Defiant: U.S. defiant as Iran threatens action over Navy activities in Persian Gulf Defiant:Iran Defiant Amid…
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Iowa Caucus Day – Open and Updates

Posted by  ▪  January 3, 2012
This post will be “sticky” until early evening when we go “Live” at about 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Eastern, and will collect news from Iowa during the day, with the most recent on top: ————— With the Iowa Caucuses just a few hours away and the live event scheduled to begin soon, some parting…
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Recipient of Romney negative ad blitz speaks out

Posted by  ▪  January 3, 2012
Things have been ugly on the airwaves in Iowa, and the recipient of those ads is going to start giving some of the ugly back. It’s unfortunate that it has come to this, but it fits a pattern which goes back to Iowa in the 2008 cycle. Different recipients, same attacker. Update: I’m…
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Palin delivers political coup de grâce to Bachmann

Posted by  ▪  January 3, 2012
What goes around comes around.  Michele Bachmann hired Ed Rollins as campaign manager last spring and the first thing he did was trash Sarah Palin. Bachmann let the Rollins’ comments hang out there for a while and then went on TV to say what good friends she was with Palin.  Bachmann supporters…
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Inevitable Iowa Caucuses Tweet of the Morning

Posted by  ▪  January 3, 2012
It’s the narrative and perception. From Jeff Emanuel:
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Can’t we all just paddle along?

Posted by  ▪  January 3, 2012
Thanks to John Ruberry of Marathon Pundit who took this photo of end of the New Year’s Eve Paddle in Morton Grove, IL:
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I thought they would save Randy Johnson for later innings.

Posted by  ▪  January 2, 2012
Re-running the Kennedy campaign against Romney based on Bain deals was predictable and predicted, but this does seem a bit early: The Democratic National Committee has set up a war room in Iowa with its main focus on Mitt Romney, who is looking more and more likely to win the Republican nomination….. The…
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Caucuses tomorrow

Posted by  ▪  January 2, 2012
Here’s the plan, subject to change. Beginning late morning or lunchtime (Eastern), we’ll have an Open and Update Thread with latest from Iowa.  While the caucuses don’t start until the evening, we’ll try to dig deep for reports of how and what the campaigns are doing.  Bryan will help with…
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Alan Colmes mocks how Rick Santorum mourned dead child

Posted by  ▪  January 2, 2012
This is lighting up Twitter.  Colmes also uses the incident in a blog post today, linking to this 2005 WaPo article: In his Senate office, on a shelf next to an autographed baseball, Sen. Rick Santorum keeps a framed photo of his son Gabriel Michael, the fourth of his seven children. Named for two…
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If only he had done this at the debates

Posted by  ▪  January 2, 2012
Who knows what might have been.  I’m not writing him off, but who knows. (via ElectAds)
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Dear Iowa: A vote for Rick Santorum is a vote for Mitt Romney

Posted by  ▪  January 2, 2012
Alternative headline: Dear Iowa: You are being played like a fiddle. I hate to admit it, but there is a large amount of truth in this analysis by Roger Simon of Politico, Mitt don’t need no surges: If Mitt Romney wins the Iowa caucuses, the race for the Republican nomination is over. If Mitt…
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For what it’s worth

Posted by  ▪  January 2, 2012
I ran the Des Moines Register final poll numbers yesterday, here’s PPP’s final Iowa poll released late last night: The Republican caucus in Iowa is headed for a photo finish, with the three leading contenders all within two points of each other.  Ron Paul is at 20%, Mitt Romney at 19%, and Rick…
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Choose life

Posted by  ▪  January 2, 2012
From the same vehicle as yesterday’s post, from Linda in Tennessee:
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What if everything we have been told about Mitt Romney’s electability is wrong, Part 3

Posted by  ▪  January 1, 2012
I have been almost alone in asking What if everything we have been told about Mitt Romney’s electablility is wrong? Among the points I have made is that current polling is not a reliable indicator because Romney has not faced the volume of attacks ads and hostility from the conservative and Republican media as has Newt,…
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