Open thread: The snowman cometh; Update: Bloodsport

posted at 7:14 pm on November 28, 2007 by Allahpundit

I sense a great disturbance in the ‘sphere for this one. The polls are in flux, the tone has turned negative, and we’ve got a bona fide freak show format on tap. 8 p.m. on CNN: anything can happen. MM and Bryan are going to take liveblogging to the next level tonight, but if you’re not commenting over there then go on and sound off below. I might actually watch this one, so good are the odds that we’re in for bloodsport.

In theory everyone’s gunning for Mitt but the shock poll from earlier today and late word of Rick Warren sounding impressed with Huck complicates things. Rudy and Huckabee have made nice so far out of mutual interest in hurting Romney but Huck’s gaining on him in Florida, which is Giuliani’s must-have. He wants Mitt taken out in Iowa but not at the price of launching a Huckabee juggernaut. Will he attack Huck tonight or will he and Mitt continue their feud, leaving McCain to position himself as the statesman above the fray? As for Fred, the snowman’s already got one of his tough questions lined up for him. Here’s a better question: Dude?

While you wait, go see the latest dirty trick being played in Iowa. This one’s a twofer; Ace thinks Huckabee’s behind it, but only because he wants him to be. Take a look at this too. The Democrats are once again way ahead of the new media curve, although the GOP shouldn’t have much trouble replicating it. Finally, the Hammer’s down in Petersburg tonight interviewing whichever campaign spokesmen she can corral. Why Townhall would waste her creativity on running around to get the same soundbites the cable news nets will have later is beyond me, but she’s always worth watching. Here she is with Team Rudy and with Team Romney.

Finally, a valentine to Mitt from the Republican Majority for Choice. I didn’t even know they existed. Click the image to watch.

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Update: If you’re not watching, tune in now because they’re going at it hammer and tongs on immigration. Video later

Update: Here’s the bloodsport video between Mitt and Rudy.


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All I got to say about the gay question is something from past experience. Back in the 60’s we had a gay guy in our unit. That wasn’t a term we used then, but…. He didn’t flaunt it, everybody and I mean everybody knew it and we didn’t care. He pulled his weight, he stood his watches and we just didn’t give a $hit. Most times we were all too tired or too scared to think about it. It just didn’t matter.

Oldnuke on November 28, 2007 at 9:56 PM

And that is exactly how it should be.

doriangrey on November 28, 2007 at 10:48 PM

salmonczar on November 28, 2007 at 10:01 PM

Read a synopsis of John Ogbu’s research.

Theworldisnotenough on November 28, 2007 at 10:53 PM

CNN doing some CYA

jp on November 28, 2007 at 11:00 PM

For those who want it here is the link to the story that lists the steering committee members, of which this Ret. General was one. The story is dated June 28 2007, scroll down to the bot., where they list all the members, to see his name listed.

Weight of Glory on November 28, 2007 at 11:08 PM

Oh I forgot, his name is Keith Kerr.

Weight of Glory on November 28, 2007 at 11:09 PM

1776, How on earth could you agree with McCain on the Geneva-thing?

ColdBore76 on November 29, 2007 at 12:14 AM

ColdBore76, two parts:

I am under the impression that water-boarding is forbidden. I am willing to stand corrected, but I heard (from McCain himself maybe?) that it goes by various names and is outlawed b/c it is controlled death, ie controlled drowning in the forms where the water is actually forced into the lungs. I assume that is true, so technically doing that would be a violation.

Of course, the WH argument is that the code is to be interpreted by all the nations and we don’t interpret it that way – ie they say we follow the law…so maybe they don’t ever allow water into the lungs, in the 3-5x we used it, I don’t know. I do agree we shouldn’t go into details of our techniques, though.

Spirit of 1776 on November 29, 2007 at 12:32 AM

I am not willing to cede your first point yet, my biggest issue ( I might be going liberal here) is that in a perfect world, we (the USA) as we have always been are a force of good on the planet, and in doing what our country was put here to do–squish dictators and oppression, means fighting people who don’t follow laws of civil men, ie, if man brings brass knuckles–you bring a bat, etc..we can’t fight by the feel good rules if we are the only ones doing so…that is a sure way to loose. Moral relativism and situational ethics have created an entire generation that is hesitant to “pull the trigger” (in any sense) b/c they aren’t quite convinced that America is truly exceptional…bad days ahead.

ColdBore76 on November 29, 2007 at 2:14 AM

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