Jason Zengerle
Senior Editor

How Much Do The Democratic Campaigns Hate Each Other?
December 14, 2007

A lot! At least from the looks of this 'Hardball' clip (via Ezra Klein) featuring Edwards's Joe Trippi, Clinton's Mark Penn, and Obama's David Axelrod. The fireworks start at about the 4:00 mark. It's especially interesting that Trippi seems to spend almost as much time defending Obama from Penn's attacks as he does boosting Edwards. --Jason Zengerle

Email Title Of The Day
December 13, 2007

I just got a blast email from some outfit called the Family Focus Coalition titled: Giuliani and the Ho's Alas, the email merely contains a reprint of a newspaper article about Giuliani's business dealings with the family of controversial casino tycoon Stanley Ho. P.S. That's two "ho" posts in one week--probably some sort of Plank record!  --Jason Zengerle 

Does Ron Paul Secretly Like Mitt Romney?
December 13, 2007

A bit more about those Arkansas Republicans who traveled to Iowa to campaign against Huckabee. The Arkansas Times's John C. Williams has learned the identity of their financial backer: Former state Rep. Randy Minton now says that the moneybags funding the trip is...Ron Paul. Maybe there is a Republican presidential candidate who likes Mitt Romney. --Jason Zengerle 

Conservative Contempt For Huckabee
December 13, 2007

You're probably not going to find a better example of the right-wing pundit class's contempt for Mike Huckabee than this Lisa Schiffren screed over at National Review: Like back home, you were just trying to be nice to that castrated guy who had raped a few women. He had served some time. Why couldn't they forgive him? You could. You have a good heart. Lots of Christian love. So you pardoned him. And what did he do then, Huck? What if you make a call like that on Iran, Huck? Or Iraq? Or Osama?

Is Huckabee About To Get Swift-boated (cont'd)?
December 13, 2007

And it's not just the Arkansans going to Iowa to campaign against Huckabee. The Arkansas Times reports on another anti-Huckabee Arkansas Republican named Keith Emis who's produced a really nasty YouTube video featuring the mother of Wayne Dumond's murder victim. Here's Emis's handiwork:   --Jason Zengerle

Is Huckabee About To Get Swift-boated?
December 13, 2007

Mike Huckabee may be winning the hearts and minds of Iowans, but he's got a long way to go with some of the folks back in his home state. The Arkansas Times's John C. Williams has a smart piece reporting on Huckabee's difficulties with some right-wing Arkansans--and how a group of them are actually going to Iowa to campaign against him (with the help of some cash donations whose origins the group refuses to disclose): Former Huckabee supporters say, though, that the honeymoon the former governor often enjoys with voters and supporters may not last long.

The Modest Mike Huckabee
December 12, 2007

Mike Huckabee's "Jesus and the devil are brothers" quote is the one getting all the attention from this New York Times Magazine profile, but Huckabee had some other interesting stuff to say to Zev Chafets: ‘‘If you aren’t for some reason elected president, what cabinet position would you be suited for?’’ I asked. Huckabee paused, considering. ‘‘Secretary of health and human services would be one,’’ he said.

Dennis Kucinich, The Telecommuter's Candidate
December 12, 2007

As someone who works from a home office--and who, at this moment, is actually working from a coffee shop due to the fact that my family is in the midst of moving apartments and my home office doesn't currently exist--I probably should be upset that The Des Moines Register has decided to exclude Dennis Kucinich from tomorrow's debate on the grounds that his Iowa field director works out of his home. But I'm not.

What Does Hillary Mean By "experience"?
December 12, 2007

From today's NYT article about Hillary's struggles in Iowa, this is a bit of a damning admission from the candidate, isn't it? “I always thought that Iowa would be a challenge,” she said, “and I’m personally really pleased with how far I’ve come, never having done this with Bill. I’ve really been working to understand what was necessary to run a competitive campaign.” [Emphasis added.] Is this what Hillary means when she talks about experience--things she watched her husband do? And if he hasn't done them before, she's basically clueless?

Does Isiah Thomas Have A Death Wish?
December 11, 2007

Isiah Thomas tells his detractors that if they want someone else to run the Knicks, they'll have to pry the job from his cold, dead hands: "I fight till I die. It's not about giving up or quitting. To me, it's win or die. I literally mean death, I don't mean 'walk away.' I mean death. That's how I have coached." Good thing for Isiah there aren't any, uh, passionate Knick fans out there.  --Jason Zengerle