From basketball to right wing politics, John knows his way around summits! He recently covered the “Values Voter Summit” held in Washington, which began at the end of last week and spilled over into the weekend.
It cumulated in an official “unofficial” straw poll, the winner of which received not cash prizes and new car, but bragging rights amongst right-wing voters. That honor went to Mitt Romney. (Interestingly, Giuilani did not fare so well, as many of his views are not far-right enough to capture the support of traditional GOP voters.)
In a follow up of sorts, last night Fox held a GOP debate cumulating with an official “unofficial” cell phone poll. Wikipedia (as reliable as it may be at any given moment) states that: “According to Fox News Viewers text voting after the debate, Ron Paul won with 34%, Huckabee came in second with 27%, Giuliani third with 11%, Romney 10%, Thompson 9%, McCain 5%, Hunter 1% and Tancredo less than 1%”
Today during his appearance on The Situation Room, John stated:
“You had two big events this weekend. You had that straw poll of social conservative activists. Then you had last night a nationally televised debate, just the type of events you might think to bring some clarity to the jumbled republican race, think again. “
He goes on to report that “Ten weeks out means looming tactical shifts. Already, the verbal exchanges are more personal.”
This is going to be seen more acutely in television advertising tactics than in any other area, he explained. John provided this analysis:
“And because the race is so close, with no overwhelming frontrunner, the other campaigns are essentially stalking each other watching to see who will jump in next when it comes to TV ad spending. A week ago, many campaigns said they were ready to do that, but now they seem to be waiting, knowing that the race is so tight perhaps they will need that money after Iowa, after New Hampshire into the latest contests. So they’re waiting for others to spend first before they invest millions and millions of dollars.”
If they are “stalking” now so early on in the game, I can only imagine this is only going to get uglier, folks!
A new movie opened up over the weekend: “Gone Baby Gone”.
The reason I mention it here is because the movie (the plot of which revolves about a missing child and police ethics) is set in Dorchester, the Boston neighborhood John grew up in. From what I’ve read about the film, it goes about capturing the essence of Dorchester at so many levels and in such in a truly gripping manner – two of the many reasons it has received such positive reviews.
Just by watching the trailer alone, you get some sweeping images of this south Boston neighborhood:
“Gone Baby Gone” was directed by none other than Ben Affleck. This is his first-time attempt in the director’s chair, and by all accounts, he has really mastered his craft in this movie. The reviews over at rottentomatoes.com are pretty impressive at a whopping 93%, so this should definitely be a film worth seeing!