Marc Ambinder--who's been writing some terrific stuff lately--riffs on Obama's latest Iowa ad and puts his finger on something that's been bugging me from the get-go:
Iowa is a weird place to run this ad, which is why it's so audacious in the first place. A partisan primary is a very weird time to run this ad, which is why it stands out so much. Independents don't vote in the Iowa caucus; Democrats do.
Even though I have something of a rooting interest in Tom Vilsack's veep chances--if only because the profile I wrote of him during his short-lived presidential campaign would again become relevant--I didn't think his selection was terribly likely. Yes, Hillary--or Obama, for that matter--will probably pick a moderate white guy as a running mate; but Vilsack's moderation tends to manifest itself as blandness. He's seemingly not someone who'd add much pizazz to the ticket.
"He should be comfortable with his family," Bush said. "Should be somebody who'll work hard to make sure there's love in the White House ..."
Over at the Corner, they're busy posting the names of Senators who voted for and against the resolution condemning last week's MoveOn ad, and Byron York finds it "interesting" that "Some of the senators who won the greatest support from the netroots in the last election, like McCaskill, Tester, Klobuchar, and Webb, voted to condemn the ad."
Remember when Canadian foreign minister Peter MacKay, in perhaps the best geopolitical put-down of the year, ridiculed Russia's claim to the Arctic Ocean basin? ("This isn't the 15th century. You can't go around the world and just plant flags and say 'We're claiming this territory'.")
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Bill "Don't Call Me Pullman" Paxton will serve as an executive producer on a new HBO mini-series based on Vincent Bugliosi's Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which argues for the lone-gunman theory of the assassination.