OCTOBER 30, 2007
When in Rome... [ Paul Kiel, TalkingPointsMemo]:
"With presidential primary politics, things move faster. Now the number
of senators who have unequivocally opposed Mukasey's nomination is four."
Romney's Contract with NH [Mark Ambinder, The Atlantic]:
"To make sure Mitt Romney's slim but steady lead in New Hampshire
holds up, his campaign will take steps to "tighten" his message there
and "close the deal" with conservative voters, advisers said today. Romney's television traffic will begin to emphasize his experience
as a businessman above all else -- his tenure at Bain Capital and his
stewardship of the 2002 Olympic Games."
Hillary Baits, Retaliates [Ben Smith, Politico]:
"Obama and, particularly, Edwards -- egged on by the media -- shifted
their focus to her character this week, a place where (as opposed,
perhaps, to policy differences invisible to the naked eye) polls
suggest she's vulnerable. But its also a tricky place to attack a fellow Democrat. And while
this may be simplistic, there's no point underestimating how tricky it
is to attack a woman."
Rudy's Funding Flip-Flop [Philip Klein, The American Spectator]:
"In a post that mostly has to do with John McCain, Ramesh Ponnuru wrote
of Giuliani, 'as far as I can tell, he still supports campaign-finance
reform...' But earlier this month at the Club for Growth conference,
Giuliani said McCain-Feingold was a mistake."
Premature Election [Jay Cost, RealClearPolitics]:
"[J]ournalists and pundits fail to appreciate fully that, while candidates
were busy doing stuff in the summer, there is a difference between the
summer stuff and the fall stuff. In the fall, you begin to make your
broad-based appeals to the voters."