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Election briefing ...

| Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

Democrat strategist Bill Carrick tells political reporter/commentator extraordinaire John Harwood that, post-New Hampshire and given the looming Feb. 5 primaries in 23 states, "there's going to have to be a lot of tarmac campaigning." What a shame Pennsylvania, which holds its primary on April 22 this year, isn't in that mix. Surely state Sen. Jane Orie would propose a way to impose a new tax on the stops if it were. ... Mr. Harwood also notes that the coming phase of the campaign will reward "nimble candidates and magnify mistakes." Of course, that could force candidates to offer fewer specifics and more generalities, which is exactly want the electorate doesn't need. ... Fighting off criticism that he's a big tax-and-spender, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says voters raised gasoline and diesel taxes to pay for road improvements in 1999. But as The Club for Growth rightly notes, there was no vote -- it was an act of the Arkansas Legislature. The truth-shading Huckabee has been nailed. Again. ... Says Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., of Barack Obama, should the Illinois U.S. senator be elected president: "He will use style and grace to achieve liberal goals, which is absolutely politically brilliant but intellectually dishonest." Remember that quote.

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