As the Iowa caucus date looms larger, the stakes are getting higher. We will see more and more dirty tricks arise and have an effect on the campaign. The blogosphere is up in arms over two recent rumors. Robert Novak created waves with his unsubstantiated news report that Hillary Clinton had some dirt on Barack Obama. And rumors are flying over who was responsible for the negative phone calls involving Mitt Romney's Mormonism. Put on your seatbelts, kids -- this could get ugly.
Digby comments on the Robert Novak
column's insinuation that Clinton is withholding dirt on Obama. She draws parallels between this and Nixon's coup in 1972.
Garance Franke-Ruta offers her take on the "B" word. Her view is that the word is similar to the "N" word. I'm not so sure.
Devilstower at Daily Kos pinpoints where Chris Dodd lost his vote for president. Dodd doesn't realize that his primary job as president would be to uphold the Constitution. No word on whether Devilstower is switching his support to Ron Paul.
Molly Ivors has an, at times, vulgar response to Maureen Dowd's op-ed in
The New York Times
. I personally have no use for Dowd and try to avoid her pieces.
Patrick Ruffini wants conservatives to cut the "back-to-Reagan" meme. The times and the issues were different then, and Ruffini urges them to look to the future.
Paul at powerline.com struggles with the electability and ideology question that the GOP candidates are posing in this campaign. Perhaps the ideology issue has been overplayed.
Matt Stoller at openleft.com notices one of Rudy Giuliani's supporters: Sheldon Adelson. Adelson is a big player in Las Vegas and has facilitated travel for Giuliani during the campaign.
Redstate.com looks into the Mormon-bashing calls on Romney. Rumors have it they were actually placed by Romney supporters in an effort to generate positive news. This could get interesting.
Captain Ed notices that Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi will soon make Iran's traitor list. Ebadi has spoken out against enrichment of nuclear material for an atomic bomb.
Michelle Malkin brings the
New York Post's
"Jihad Jane" story to our attention.