PD points out how NPR's Mara Liasson viewed the debate:
"I think CNN does itself a great disservice when it doesn't apply the exact same kind of criteria to both debates. I covered both of them. In the Democratic debate, I don't think there were any questions that were clearly coming from, you know, a Republican point of view. They were generally sympathetic. They were about global warming and health care and education, all kind of Democratic issues. They weren't challenging them. There was one kind anti-tax question, I think, but they weren't challenging the basic principles of the Democratic Party. There were lots of questions last night [at the GOP debate] that were. I think the question about the Bible was mocking. I think one of the abortion questions was clearly not from someone who was pro-life"
And as John Fund reports, it turns out a large percentage of CNN's "undecided voters" posing video questions were actually partisan activists:
Presidential candidate Fred Thompson will be coming to Orange County on December 1 for a fund-raising luncheon at the home of Julian and Aleen Mosvesian. This is one of the fund-raisers that were canceled during the wildfires.
In light of the wildfires throughout the region and significant disaster relief efforts, Senator Fred Thompson regretfully has cancelled his scheduled trip to Southern California next week. As such, OCBC will be unable to host the presidential candidate at the event announced earlier this week.
Senator Thompson has sent his deep apologies for the cancellation and OCBC apologies for any inconvenience. All pre-paid registered attendees will receive a full refund as quickly as possible.
Thank you for your interest in meeting Senator Thompson, and OCBC will make every effort to bring national leaders to Orange County to discuss business priorities in the busy year ahead.
Scott Graves heard from an inside source in the Giuliani campaign that former Governor Pete Wilson will endorse Rudy Giuliani for President.
According to Scott Martelle of the LA Times, this endorsement has become official. Now Claremont Professor Jack Pitney predicts that this endorsement might be more of a problem in general elections as it could alienate Rudy by association with hispanic voters because of Wilson's championing of Prop 187. However, in the primaries, this is just the type of endorsement Rudy needs as he is pulling away with the nomination. He has just closed in on Romney in New Hampshire and is ahead in Florida and South Carolina.
If Rudy doesn't maintain his more moderate approach on immigration, he better hope that California changes its electoral rules from winner-take-all, or as Brian pointed out in an earlier comment, he will be vulnerable to the stinging array of Spanish attack ads.
Today I sat down with former Arkansas Governor and colorful presidential candidate Mike Huckabee for an interview about his underdog candidacy. He was very candid about his time as governor and talked at length about Petreaus, taxes, and then environment. His calm and ability to articulate issues could go a long way on the campaign trail. Look for him to rise. Click the video below to see what I mean.
Phew! With just over two days left in
the Meetup fundraising competition, we've seen nothing but
flip-flopping at the top of the leaderboard.
The New Hampshire
Meetup led over the weekend, but Manhattan quickly shot by with a
monstrous Monday. And just when we thought they were running away with
the grand prize, Irvine, CA surprised everyone, catapulting into a slim
lead. So don't get discouraged, because each Meetup group in the top
ten is still within just three maximum donations of $2300...