The Iowa caucus is tomorrow, and the Republicans continue to bash each other, although Mike Huckabee decided not to run a harsh attack ad, while liberal bloggers try to make sense of a recent Iowa poll, which was heavily influenced by independent voters. Will independents actually caucus Democratic in Iowa? I have my doubts.
Jonathan Martin at politico.com blogs about Mitt Romney being a defender of President Bush. I could see Romney defending Reagan, but I don't really understand the alignment with Bush.
Matt Lewis at townhall.com points out that Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) is better on foreign policy than Romney. Romney fixing the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah fails to count for foreign policy experience.
Jim Geraghty tries to figure out whether Mike Huckabee's campaign really made a last-minute decision to kill an attack ad on Mitt Romney in Iowa. Did Huckabee's campaign try to pull a fast one by cancelling an attack but then making it available to the media?
Eriposte at leftcoaster.com discusses the recent
Des Moines Register Poll.
It is the only poll indicating a big lead by Senator Barack Obama (D., Ill.), and many call it the "gold standard" for polls there. Eriposte isn't convinced.
John Hinderaker at powerline.com analyzes John Edwards' most recent commercial. He finds the ad effective but misleading. The real person behind the ad also happens to be a Democratic party activist. Hinderaker thinks that the party affiliation puts his working class designation into question. I'm not so sure.
Taylor Marsh rants with the best of them. She truly opposes Obama and feels he's not ready to lead the Democratic party. To support her argument, she turns to two findings on Obama's record: the 2004 election and a vote for curtailing of class action law suits.
Michelle Malkin wonders if Rep. Dennis Kucinich's (D., Oh.) decision to ask his supporters to caucus for Obama will help Obama. I'm personally surprised by Kucinich's choice because Obama's positions aren't particularly progressive.
Glenn Greenwald blogs on the op-ed piece in the
New York Times
by the bi-partisan heads of 9/11 commission, Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton. The op-ed charges the White House with obstruction. Greenwald looks to the lawyers in the White House, Alberto Gonzales and David Addington, who were involved in these decisions.
Juan Cole sadly demonstrates that things aren't much better in Iraq. The New Year got off to a bad start with a suicide bomb, and last year's death statistics remain as bad as any year. When will we get that political reconciliation exactly?
Charles Bird at redstate.com prefers to look at how deaths are decreasing in Iraq without noticing the total numbers remain horrible. Things appear better, but if the Iraqi government continues to deny power sharing, total chaos will be unavoidable.