Quick Hits: Who’s Making Headlines?
by Jen Green
Looks like Santa might have the opportunity to caucus for his favorite GOP candidate this year, assuming at least one of them has been more nice than naughty. If any other states beside Florida and Nevada try to butt in line before Iowa, we might be holding our caucus right around Christmas. As it is right now, we’ll be ringing in the new year with candidates and the worldwide press. Hope they have good study winter coats.
Herman Cain has won another straw poll, lost another high profile staffer, has had to defend another “controversial” statement, has called another GOP contender racially insensitive, and is now saying maybe he should have defended the gay soldier who got booed at the GOP debate when he asked the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” question. He’s making plenty of headlines and getting lots of airtime—and his book is supposed to come out this month.
The GOP candidates are “annoyed” at Florida because now they have a truncated amount of time before the caucus/primary season starts. Well, not all are annoyed—Ron Paul’s campaign says he was prepared for this all along. The rest are realizing how much time they are going to have to spend in Iowa in the next 90 days and revamping their schedules.
Mike Huckabee hosted Mitt Romney on his show Saturday night. Four years ago, they pretty much couldn’t stand each other. This weekend, they acted like all is forgiven. No doubt, Mitt would love Huckabee’s endorsement. No doubt, many of Huckabee’s supporters would rather have an itchy rash they couldn’t reach before seeing their conservative stalwart endorse the country’s most liberal governor . . . ever.
Rick Santorum seems to be reinstating the gameplan he used before his fourth place finish in the Ames straw poll. His campaign continues to stop in smaller towns, speaking with smaller groups, in his effort to get to as many Iowa counties as possible before the caucuses.