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Achenblog: January 13, 2008 - January 19, 2008

Conservatives Without Adjectives

[Cross-posted from The Trail.] The worst thing you can say about a Republican candidate is that he's not really, truly, authentically conservative. So it was that Mike Huckabee, talking a few days ago at The Citadel, noted the attacks on...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 19, 2008; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Republicans Get Militant, Fred Gets Mad

[Huck posing for photos at The Citadel] [Fred marveling at the local sights in Newberry, S.C.] [Jeri Thompson in steak house in Prosperity, S.C.] [Cross-posted from The Trail] CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Mike Huckabee got a hundred or so people...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 18, 2008; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (282)
 
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"People of the Book"

I'm blessed to have a number of good friends who are skilled at the keyboard and pound out wonderful books. But I think my friend Geraldine Brooks writes with something other than a keyboard, some instrument that predates even the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 18, 2008; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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"Rack 'em Romney"

[Romney at Charleston harbor.] [Cross-posted from The Trail CHARLESTON, S.C., 3:35 p.m. -- Alfred Pinckney waits in the cold by the old jail on the harbor. The jail is now an office building, but it's still on a spit...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 17, 2008; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (292)
 
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Among the Big Game Hunters

[Cross-posted from The Trail.] BLUFFTON, S.C., 9:30 a.m. -- Have found a quiet spot in the library of Pinckney Hall, in the town center of Sun City Hilton Head, a gated community for the over-50 set, nicely braided by...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 16, 2008; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
 
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Rudy in the Bold New City of the South

[Rudy at Disney World's Coronado resort.] [And in Jacksonville.] Am now in a motel in Brunswick, Ga., on my way to South Carolina to try to figure out what in tarnation is going on with the Republican Party. Giuliani,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 15, 2008; 10:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
 
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Rudy Taking the Measure of Florida

[Cross-posted from the Trail.] TAMPA, Fla., 8:00 a.m. -- Rudy Giuliani's visit to the Tampa Bay area didn't make the front page of this morning's St. Pete Times. The banner headline, instead, is about the iffy effects of the popular...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 15, 2008; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
 
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Shouting for Votes at Mel's Diner

Rudy Giuliani's agenda may simply be too ambitious for a sprawling state suffering demographic overload.

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 14, 2008; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
 
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Rudy's Short Game

[Cross-posted to The Trail] FORT MYERS, Fla., 1:45 p.m. -- Sixty-eight degrees, a dry breeze from the Gulf, nothing but sunshine, the palm trees waving like old friends. We're not in the Frozen North anymore, the camera guys are in...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 14, 2008; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Man Bites Dogma

[Loved Sally Jenkins this morning calling out Romo for his Cabo vacation with Jessica Simpson prior to the Cowboys's playoff game. You know what they're calling Simpson, right? Yoko Romo.] [You have to read this obit in the Times...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 14, 2008; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Letting the Voters Decide

On the road again. Actually am at Terminal A at National, the old terminal with the 1950s Aerodynamic architecture, big windows on all sides, the place looking very retro-jazzy, like James Coburn's going to walk by any minute. Spies,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 14, 2008; 7:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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