Jason Zengerle
Senior Editor

More Thoughts On The Rollins-huckabee Marriage
December 14, 2007

Time's Jay Carney, who's much more plugged-in on this stuff than I, offers his thoughts on Huckabee's hiring of Ed Rollins: There are two things to note about this development. First, in Rollins Huckabee gets a heavyweight political operative who knows how to run and win a national political campaign. Rollins was political director to Ronald Reagan in Reagan's first term and ran Reagan's landslide, 49-state re-election victory in 1984. Huckabee is sending the message that he does not intend to win Iowa and then fade away. He is in it to win it.

Did Huckabee Just Hire The Kiss Of Death?
December 14, 2007

Don't worry, Eve, if conservative pundits don't do in Huckabee, his new campaign chairman will: He's just tapped Ed Rollins for the job. Although Rollins helmed Ronald Reagan's landslide reelection effort in 1984, he hasn't had much luck since then--working for a string of losing candidates that has included Ross Perot, Katherine Harris, and KT MacFarland.

The Real Loser In Hillary's Iowa Swoon: Vilsack
December 14, 2007

Via Drudge (who inimitably tags the link 'OBAMA: HILLARY, WE GOT YOUR PRECINCT CAPTAIN. . .' ), I see that the Obama campaign has posted a YouTube video featuring a former Clinton precinct captain in Iowa who's now supporting Obama. One interesting note about this: The woman in the video, Susan Klopfer, is from Mt. Pleasant--which is also the hometown of former Iowa governor (and big Hillary supporter) Tom Vilsack. How bad does it look for Vilsack that his candidate is not only on the verge of losing Iowa, but that this prominent turncoat is one of his neighbors?

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.