It will be a big weekend for the Republicans. The Value Voters summit will conclude, and then the GOP candidates head to Orlando, Fla., for a big debate. Fred Thompson needs to make a mark. If he fails, I'm not sure he will have much time to recover.


Greg Saunders on says Chris Dodd, not Barack Obama, has become the go-to guy to oppose things in the Senate. Has Obama played it too safe?

Ben Smith at takes a look at the poor sourcing behind an attack on Hillary Clinton that accuses her of wire-tapping another candidate.

Andrew Sullivan appears to despise Clinton. He thus questions Mark Penn's notion that 25% of Republican women might now vote for Clinton.

Greg Sargent at TPM Election Central broke the exclusive story that Chris Dodd put a hold on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. This should slow down the bill, but will Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ignore him?

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Matthew Yglesias reveals that he thought Mike Huckabee would be the GOP nominee. He's no longer convinced but notes the former Arkansas governor does fit the GOP base that Karl Rove built.

David Brody thinks Fred Thompson perfectly timed some negative ads about Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney. The Values Voters forum began Thursday, and a straw poll will follow over the weekend.

Jim Geraghty at NRO wonders what Giuliani will say in his Value Voters speech. It sounds like not even Giuliani knows, but I guess he'll mention 9/11.


Marc Ambinder floats the idea that the parties may decide to buck New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, who has the legal right to decide when to hold the New Hampshire primary.

Megan McCardle theorizes on the question of whether we should cut our defense spending.

John at Powerline discusses the hearings for Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey. He calls out the media and Democratic senators for missing an obvious loophole: the U.S. Constitution.