Don't ask me nuthin' 'n' stuff.I few days ago there was a story about how Hillary wasn’t taking any more questions from anyone, reporters or supporters out of fear of saying something that could be used against her, now comes this story of how Chelsea Clinton wouldn’t answer a simple question from a 9 year old “reporter” for Scholastic News.

When asked the hard-hitting question, “Do you think your dad would be a good ‘first man’ in the White House?” Chelsea wouldn’t even throw the kid a bone and say yes or no. Instead, her answer was “”I’m sorry, I don’t talk to the press and that applies to you, unfortunately. Even though I think you’re cute.”

Chelsea, who stands mute on the stage, serving only as window dressing and a reminder that Hillary is a parent, is serving as a political prop for her mother and nothing more.

It was just back in September when Bill Clinton tried to force a New York restaurant to take down a picture of Chelsea saying she is a private citizen, but it seems when Hillary needs a prop to make her seem human, Chelsea is fair game. Just don’t ask her anything.

Does that mean there’s a chance Chelsea doesn’t support her mother’s politics? The press has been very indifferent to this story, unlike the differences between Rudy Giuliani and his children, who are much younger, so concern for a young person’s privacy can’t be the issue. After all, Chelsea is 27 and actively campaigning with her mother, all be it in a Calvin Coolidge sort of way.

Or does this mean Chelsea isn’t the genius we’ve been led to believe? Surely that can’t be the case since she’s got a high-paying job and was a Rhodes Scholar and there’s no way her parent’s position helped get her either of those things…

As the day of the Iowa caucus barrels towards us, the pressure of the campaign is starting to make some of the candidates says some things a little loopy.

First, as I posted the other day, Fred Thompson really didn’t care to run for President, even as his bus tours the wintery towns and farms of Iowa.

Mitt Romney has made us well aware of the mutiple foreign policy gaffes of Mike Huckabee, who in a few days managed to tell us that martial law still existed in Pakistan when it was lifted and then echoed calls for a Mexican border fence to keep Pakistani illegal immigrants from entering the United States, even though their numbers are fairly low.

Well the latest is from Mr. Flowbee himself, John Edwards, who apparently thinks that Barack Obama is too “nice” to be president:

“I hear people say you can sit at a table with these people, negotiate with them, and they will volunteer their power away,” Edwards said. “That is a complete fantasy. You can’t ‘nice’ these people to death.”

Perhaps hard-nosed negotiations at a hair salon would be more effective?

Here’s a peek at who might be caucusing in Iowa Thursday, from the Des Moines Register:

The answers to two questions could determine the winners of the Iowa caucuses.

For Democrats: Which campaign will attract the most first-time caucusgoers?

For Republicans: Does Mike Huckabee have the organization to support his lead in the polls?

No clear Democratic favorite has emerged, and the Republican race remains fluid, with just four days left until the caucuses kick off the national presidential nominating season.

Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have put a majority of their Iowa effort into the time-intensive and potentially risky project of tapping into new caucus participants.

“There’s no question that first-time caucusgoers will turn out this year,” said Dave Barnhart, Clinton’s caucus director. “The question is: Who are those caucusgoers going to be?”

Meanwhile, GOP activists around the state say that while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has a traditional campaign organization, there is little evidence of a statewide Huckabee organization, although the former Arkansas governor also is being helped by networks outside his campaign.

“His organization is fairly invisible to me,” said Ann Trimble Ray, the Republican chairwoman from Sac County ? located in the most conservative section of the state. “They are recruiting from a different pool than we usually find our activists coming from.”

Just two more days after this! We’re in the home stretch, keep the good ideas coming!

The comments from day one about the Fred Thompson for President campaign have been that he lacked the “fire in the belly” to run for President.

He didn’t have the resolve to campaign hard, to schmooze and fund raise like the rest of the candidates.

The latest one takes the cake.

The CNN political ticker give us these enlightening quotes from the man who was once considered the dream candidate by many conservatives and Reagan Republicans:

“I’m not particularly interested in running for president,” the former senator said at a campaign event in Burlington when challenged by a voter over his desire to be commander-in-chief.

“But I think I’d make a good president,” Thompson continued. “I have the background, capability, and concern to do this and I’m doing it for the right reasons.”

I mean for Pete’s sake Fred, even if you aren’t interested, while you’re still in the race, have the freaking intelligence to not tell anyone!

With that quote, Fred has quickly moved to number one on my list of GOP candidates to bow out after Iowa and New Hampshire are done.

See ya Fred, we hardly knew ya!

Here is the ever important fifth day, you know the one: “Five Golden Rings!”

We’re almost there! (And I can’t wait to be done either)

You’ll have to find out below.

I’ve updated the PD “Olympic” poll standings, I’ll run one more round of polling leading up to Iowa and New Hampshire next week.

As usual, the listing goes by their current ranking, with their previous standings and how many points they earned in the most recent poll.

For now, here’s how things stand:

Iowa

Democrats
1. Barack Obama (1,1,1) – 28 points
2. John Edwards (3,2,2) – 24 points
3. Hillary Clinton (2,3,3) – 19 points
4. Joe Biden (5,NR,4) – 1 point

Republicans
1. Mike Huckabee (1,1,1) – 38 points
2. Mitt Romney (2,2,2) – 29 points
3. Ron Paul (NR,5,5) – 7 points
4. Fred Thompson (4,4,3) – 5 points
5. Rudy Giuliani (3,3,4) – 4 points
6. John McCain (5,NR,6) – 2 points

New Hampshire

Democrats
1. Barack Obama (2,1,1) – 30 points
2. Hillary Clinton (1,2,2) – 25 points
3. John Edwards (3,3,3) – 9 points
4. Joe Biden (5,4,4) – 1 point
4. Bill Richardson (4,5,4) – 1 point

Republicans
1. Mitt Romney (1,1,1) – 30 points
2. John McCain (3,2,2) – 22 points
3. Ron Paul (5,5,4) – 17 points
4. Mike Huckabee (4,3,3) – 10 points
5. Rudy Giuliani (2,4,5) – 3 points
6. Fred Thompson (6,6,6) – 2 points

Please post your updated rankings, top three candidates from each party in both the Iowa and New Hampshire contests!

…and the races are still tight. Please give your sumissions for the Sixth day before Iowa!

As always, start it off with: “On the sixth day before Iowa, the campaign gave to me,”

Benazir Bhutto’s assassination elicited comments from all the candidates, but as the Washington Post reports, those from Hillary and Barack are most revealing. Hill, who has a tendency to politicize many things, decried Barack’s tying the killing to the Iraq war and our diversion of forces from destroying Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. She drew parallels between herself and Bhutto as women leaders and mothers.

Will their remarks make a difference to Iowa’s caucusers? Obama used the tragedy to underline his call for change inside the Beltway. Will that buoy his already rising number?

Meanwhile, Rudy the Gee has decamped to Florida, releasing a new campaign ad about 9/11. Stop the presses!

That’s right, we are a week away, so fire in those submission for the seventh day before Iowa!

For those who missed it, RedStateEddio hit a home run with his eighth day submission:

“On the eighth day before Iowa the campaign gave to me, eight-fifty ($8.50) fundraised by Mike Huckabee”

Jordan fades back, SWISH!

Nice one Eddio.

Of all places, the New York Times has taken a look at the claims made by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on the campaign trail about the experience she has that makes her, in her words, “the most qualified candidate” running.

On the most important issue facing the world, The Times writes:

Associates from that time said that she was aware of Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden and what her husband has in recent years characterized as his intense focus on them, but that she made no aggressive independent effort to shape policy or gather information about the threat of terrorism.

Hell, if knowing about Al Qaeda and bin Laden is what qualifies as the experience necessary, we’ll throw our hat into the ring – we watched the 20/20 interview with him, too. And since Hillary didn’t have security clearance, that’s about all she knew too; unless the Clintons broke the law and spoke with each other about top secret intelligence, which they aren’t crazy enough to admit.

That hasn’t stopped Hillary from claiming a role in damn near everything that happened in those 8 years, except the obvious things she won’t talk about, like all the scandals and, well, you know. History has a funny way of wiping memories…

Hillary could take credit for everything, including the Apollo space program, if she would simply release the millions of pages of documents she refuses to allow access to, even papers dating back to her days as First Lady of Arkansas. Ironically, while she and her comrades on the Left decry the Bush Administration as “the most secretive in history,” a direct plea from her husband could shine a light on what she actually did do as First Lady.

The truth, however, may well differ so dramatically from the verbal resume she is attempting to sell voters that the prospect of that seems remote, at best. Were a Republican trying this, rest assured Woodwards and Bernsteins would be all over Little Rock and the National Archives like a rash looking for a leak. They would also probably find one. But it’s difficult to find what you’re not looking for. Especially when the paper of record makes a simple, casual reference to a cover-up in plain sight.

Caught my eye and made me chuckle. Even a Huck devotee has to smile at a few of these cracks:

“(GOP Presidential candidate Mike) Huckabee is a ‘compassionate conservative’ only in the sense that calling him a conservative is being compassionate.”

“Huckabee opposes school choice, earning him the coveted endorsement of the National Education Association of New Hampshire, which is like the sheriff being endorsed by the local whorehouse.”

“Huckabee has said illegal immigration gives Americans a chance to make up for slavery. I thought letting O.J. walk for murdering two people was payback for slavery.”

“(Huckabee) said America would have to ‘accommodate’ those who come here. . . . For those of you keeping score at home, this puts Huckabee just a little to the left of Dennis Kucinich on illegal immigration and border control. The only difference is that Kucinich supports amnesty for aliens from south of the border and north of Saturn.”

“In his current attempt to pretend to be against illegal immigration, Huckabee makes a meaningless joke about how the federal government should track illegals the way Federal Express tracks packages. Can a Mexican fit in one of those little envelopes?”

“Huckabee wants to get kids involved in music at an early age because he believes it leads to a more balanced and developed brain. You know, as we saw with the Jackson family.”

– Columnist Ann Coulter

Sorry I missed yesterday, Christmas obligations had me busy.

Please post your ninth and eighth days before Iowa!

Day ten! Remember all of your submissions should start with:

“On the tenth day before Iowa the campaign gave to me,”

Merry Christmas everyone!

To all our friends, Happy Festivus! More importantly, to all our enemies, Happy Festivus! Yes, that glorious time of year has descended on us again, and we have been blessed to have all the candidates join us in that time-honored tradition, The Airing of the Grievances. So lean back against that cold aluminum pole and gather your energy for the Feats of Strength, which will commence immediately following the airings…

Barack Obama – What’s wrong with you people?! Hillary?! Really?! I know her mom said she likes her, but I heard she was under severe duress when she made that commercial. Nevertheless, I will speak with Hillary and other ruthless dictators without preconditions. And some of you still like her?! What’s wrong with you people?!

Hillary Clinton – I hate all you people. You better fear me. How dare you change your support from my rightful reign of terror to that unpartisan Obama?! If you want mean, I’ll show you mean. You ain’t seen nothing yet!

John Edwards – Man, what a waste of money this is. I should go consult for that hedge fund again. Wait – it’s cold in Iowa and I got volunteers walking around all day in ice and snow. Some of them are bound to fall and hurt themselves – then the cash will start rolling – I’ll sue all of you people who didn’t shovel your private walkways and driveways and lawns! I’ll sue all you Iowan towns for improper plowing! I’m back, baby!

Dennis Kucinich – Where are the 14% of you who’ve seen a UFO?! There should be millions of you – why am I stuck with just Jimmy Carter?!

Joe Biden – What’s with all you people? Why don’t you listen when I say “listen”. I make it so easy for you, I tell you when to listen, and you still don’t!


Mike Gravel
– Where’s that rock? I know I threw it in the water somewhere around here. What happened to all those debates we were supposed to have? I haven’t seen Hillary and Obama and that elf and everybody else in a while…

Chris Dodd – Hello! Hello?! I’m still running for president! Somebody pay attention to me! Is there some new rule that says you need more than 1/4% in the polls to be taken seriously? I gave away my Red Sox tickets for this?!

Bill Richardson – You candidates make me sick! Why are you making me go through all these debates and fundraising when all I want to do is be vice president! Just pick me as your running mate now and we can all stop the charade!

Mitt Romney – Peaceful, happy family and religion. But I can be tough too! Did you see my family football game? We would kick the Kennedys butts any day! And no one would drive drunk off a pier afterwards. How could anyone actually like a Kennedy anyway?!

Duncan Hunter – You kids and your rock music! Reagan wouldn’t have put up with this! American is great! Lincoln! Eisenhower! Roosevelt! Not Franklin, um, the good one!

Mike Huckabee – Darn these news stories. Jesus – what the heck are you doing up there?! I appreciate the polls numbers, but what’s up? And what’s up with my face – is this some kind of sick joke that I look more like Dick Nixon everyday?!

Ron Paul – All you donors and supporters are great, but you better show up at the polls! What age are we living in anyway? Can’t we pass a law allowing my Internet-bound fan base to vote from the safety of their computers? I’d win in a landslide!

Fred Thompson – I can’t believe all you writers are still on strike! I’m running for president here and I don’t plan on working very hard at it, so settle already and write me some material!

Rudy Giuliani – I can’t believe you Yankee fans actually believe Hillary is a fan too! If you even think about supporting her… Don’t make me send a roid-raging Roger Clemens after you!

Tom Tancredo – Get these aliens away from me! No, I mean the human kind – Kucinich is handling the others. You know, if we just hired some illegals to do it, that fence would be built already!

John McCain – I can’t believe that Joe Lieberman – I told him I was wearing a black suit and blue tie and that idiot come out endorsing me in the same outfit! I even added a sweater, and then he did too! He made me look like so stupid! Next time he pulls something like that I’ll show him a thing or two about waterboarding…

Happy Festivus everyone! Celebrate appropriately!

OK gang, time to tap into your inner lyricist and help me compose “The Twelve days before Iowa”.

Today is day number eleven, all of them should start as follows:

“On the eleventh day before Iowa the campaign gave to me,”

We only had three people yesterday, so all three of them will move into the finals to be day twelve.

Come on people, I know political junkies have a little creativity!

OK gang, time to tap into your inner lyricist and help me compose “The Twelve days before Iowa”.

Today is day number twelve, all of them should start as follows:

“On the twelfth day before Iowa the campaign gave to me,”

Just finish up with your best political poetry!

Pollster John Zogby, in his thoughts on the Republican field, declared that Ron Paul will “do better than anyone expects.” Zogby predicts double digits for Paul in Iowa, where a Washington Post/ABC News poll already showed Paul tied with Rudy Giuliani. In a crowded field, Paul stands out to young voters and free-marketers. Also, as the only anti-war Republican, he is poised to snag the roughly 1/4 of Republican voters opposed to the war.

After Iowa, Paul should have an easier road in libertarian-friendly New Hampshire and Michigan, where moderate voters, often ignored by pollsters, have been throwing support at Paul. Also promising for Paul is a Rasmussen report that Mike Huckabee’s favorability ratings plummeted in the last week amid extensive background checks. If Zogby is correct, with surprising showings in early states, Paul could replace Huckabee as the latest media darling just as the primary season hits its stride.

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