Unraveling Strategies and Quarrels Over 527s
Michael D. Shear reports on former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's strategy -- "Win Iowa and New Hampshire by wooing fiscal and social conservatives, and use that momentum to overwhelm the competition in the primaries that followed" -- and how it's now at risk. "With less than two weeks before Iowans vote, that strategy is in danger of unraveling because former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has seized the conservative mantle and has emerged as the front-runner," he writes.
Anne E. Kornblut and Perry Bacon Jr. report that "Obama continued his attempt to undercut Edwards over the use of independent "527" groups, which are playing an increasing role in the campaign....'My attitude is that if you can't get your former campaign manager and political director to do what you'd like, then it's going to be hard to get the insurance companies and drug companies to do what you want,' Obama said. Edwards aides struck back by noting that their candidate, unlike Obama, has never taken money from lobbyists or PACs."
Joel Achenbach reports from Iowa on the conflict between the season and the times: "The presidential campaign and the holidays are tripping over one another. It's a little awkward. Many people don't want the sacred tarnished by the profane. At a subconscious level, everyone understands that red-meat politics doesn't mix with tinsel and mistletoe."
Howard Kurtz, also on the ground in Iowa, finds that "Every voter I spoke to at political events here was undecided, even though they had seen their favorite candidates two or three times. That means much of what has been written about Iowa could turn out to be screamingly wrong." Sridhar Pappu takes a look at the life of a Hillary Clinton field organizer.
And in Opinion, Peter Wehner, a deputy assistant to President Bush from 2001 to 2007 and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, casts a skeptical eye on Mike Huckabee. "Some of us -- in my case, a political conservative and evangelical Christian -- are getting a queasy feeling when it comes to the presidential campaign of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, and much of it has to do with his use of faith in this political campaign," he writes. "If you look closely, a disturbing pattern emerges." Wehner wonders whether Huckabee is "playing the Jesus card" in order to win "earthly power."
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December 24, 2007; 9:27 AM ET
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