Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Daily Digest

Attention Becki Donatelli and David All: "Which political action committee gave the most money to congressional campaigns in 2006? EMILY's List? The National Rifle Association? Nope, nope and nope." ActBlue—the Web-based bundler—was the single biggest PAC contributor in the last cycle," according to the Democratic Strategist.

Soren has christened him Governor Reverend Huckabee. Matt Lewis prefers William Jennings Huckabee (though Reason's Jesse Walker reminds us that real populism is much more than a "vague willingness to align yourself with the common man").

Ed Kilgore, a former speechwriter and legislative counsel for Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA), reflects on his old boss's credentials for a third-party presidential run. My take: policy-wise, Nunn offers a lot to like, but simply put, third parties fail.

Blogger John Henke once observed, "I'm never more interested in, and excited about, the Republican Party than when they are the opposition party." In a recent cover story, the Economist elaborates: "[T]he conservative movement is at its most deadly as an insurgency. The movement was born during the 1964 Goldwater campaign as a revolt against the liberal establishment. It enjoyed its glory days when it was battling Hillarycare and trying to impeach Bill Clinton. A[nother] Clinton presidential nomination would undoubtedly reunite and re-energize the movement."