The blogosphere continues to reel over the dramatic change in the GOP race. A new CBS/New York Times poll has Mike Huckabee in a statistical dead head with Rudy Giuliani. This is beginning to look like Jimmy Carter in 1976. Carter parlayed a similar surge in Iowa to a surprising win in the Democratic primary.
Mark Halperin finds seven reasons why opponents have a hard time attacking Huckabee. Huckabee has a persona people like, which draws people more than his past or positions.
Jim Geraghty covers the sudden Huckabee surge. It has really turned the tables on the GOP side of the race. Mitt Romney had a target on his back for months because of his early success in states with the earliest primaries. Huckabee's sudden supplanting of Romney in several of those states may make it difficult for attacks on Huckabee to stick.
Patrick Ruffini worries it's too late to defuse the "Huckabomb." Huckabee has moved into a virtual tie with Giuliani in national polls. As it stands now, Huckabee could win Iowa and South Carolina. These wins could propel Huckabee to win in Michigan and do well in Florida. What a turnaround.
Chris Bowers at openleft.com blogs about Barack Obama's opposition research on Paul Krugman of
The New York Times
. Krugman has exalted status amongst progressives, and the Obama campaign made another rookie mistake in attacking one of its own.
Ben Smith posts the most recent commercial in South Carolina from Hillary Clinton's campaign. In the ad, poet Maya Angelou speaks on Clinton's behalf in an attempt to counteract the "Oprah effect" on Obama's campaign.
Ben Domenech hopes the
story about Jamie Lee Jones, a former
employee who says she was raped by co-workers, isn't true. Her horrific tale throws additional light on the need for oversight for the increasing number of private contractors in Iraq.
Marc Ambinder brings a new plan for primaries to our attention. It would break the country up into a variety of regions and rotate the primaries. I agree that we need to modify our primaries. Small states, e.g. Iowa and South Carolina, have too much power in determining who becomes president.
Glenn Reynolds at instapundit.com gives an update on the woman who killed the gunman in a Colorado church shooting. She was a volunteer security guard and acted upon her own initiative. Some say the shooter perpetrated a "hate crime" against Christians. This characterization could be a stretch.
Kevin Drum continues the discussion on the CIA videotapes from 2003 that show waterboarding -- tapes that were destroyed two and a half years later. A former CIA agent admitted to
that he waterboarded an al-Qaeda agent, Abu Zubaydah, on one of the destroyed videotapes.
John Cole questions the fairness of Guantánamo detainees' rights. Cole finds interesting tidbits from an interview with Morris Davis, the former chief prosecutor for the Office of Military Commissions.