January 2008 Entries
So I'm sitting in the press filing center here in Los Angeles at the Kodak theatre and I'm thinking to myself, "When is the fight going to break out?" Isn't that horrible? I'm a bad journalist. Forget the substance right? All I want to see is Obama and Clinton go at it. This is called, "Confessions of a sicko journalist".
With Arnold Schwarzenegger's endorsement today of John McCain, are we seeing a shift in the Republican party?
Maybe we were asking the wrong question all the time. Remember when Rudy Giuliani got into the race and Evangelicals were asked whether they could support him? Of course some said yes because of his tough on terrorism talk. But with Rudy gone, the question now is will Evangelicals support John McCain? Maybe more to the point is just how many in this crucial voting block will come out for him in a General Election if he's the nominee?
First of all, let me make this very clear. I have no desire to see Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama in boxing shorts. I think they should both keep to long pants. Yet as I get ready to cover tonight's debate here at the Kodak Theatre, you can't help but wonder what sort of verbal fisticuffs we are in store for.
Mitt Romney might sleep well at night but if he has nightmares, my guess is Mike Huckabee is somewhere in there. Let's be truthful here. If Mike Huckabee wasn't in the race, Mitt Romney may very well have been the frontrunner by now. It's almost a given.
Have a look at my summary of last night's Florida Republican primary. I did a live shot with Pat Robertson this morning from Orlando.
The Brody File is leaving Orlando and now on our way to California to cover the Republican and Democratic debates. But before leaving on a jetplane I leave you with some analysis of the Republican race in Florida. Enjoy. Don't fall asleep.
John Edwards is out. It seems to be the right move. I mean, sure, he could have continued on and played some sort of role at the convention with some of the delegates he racked up, but at the end of the day, it's got to be about the good of the party. And we all know this is a two person race between Clinton and Obama. Also, Edwards did himself a favor by saving face. I mean, you don't want to go around trolling for votes with no chance of securing the nomination. At that point, it will begin to
The Brody File was in the room to witness what many believe to be the end of the Giuliani campaign. His concession speech sure felt that way. Get my take above.
Watch my interview with actor Jon Voight above. He's campaigning for Rudy Giuliani.
Hi everybody. David Brody here in Orlando, Fla., at the beautiful Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. It is where Rudy Giuliani's headquarters will be tonight in the state of Florida, and where I will be bringing you live updates.
Check out my live shot from Orlando this morning as Pat Robertson and I discuss the Florida primary.
Hey everybody. This Florida primary is going to be real interesting tonight. Get my take above.
I just finished a one on one sit down interview with John McCain in Orlando, Fla. The key parts of the interview are transcribed below. The video will be added later this afternoon. A lot of interesting information in the interview.
I just finished my one on one interview with Rudy Giuliani here in Sanford, Florida. The key parts of the interview are transcribed below. Video will be posted later this afternoon and I will have a full report on The 700 Club Tuesday morning live from Orlando, Fla.
How would this election be different if all conservative Evangelicals voted in the primary? Who would win? A Florida Pastor has some thoughts on that. Read from Christian Newswire:
The Brody File is on the ground in Florida where the Republicans are fighting it out. I will be sitting down with Rudy Giuliani one-on-one today in Sanford, Florida. Please check back later today for video clips from the interview.
There's a little controversy going on regarding Focus on the Family's online video voter guide ... and it involves Mitt Romney. Rather than explain it, read from Time magazine:
If JFK were alive today, who would he endorse? We'll never know but Senator Ted Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy, JFK's daughter, are endorsing Obama. Read below from The Boston Herald:
Watch my instant analysis moments after Barack Obama's victory speech in Columbia, South Carolina.
Florida Governor Charlie Crist has made up his mind. He's going with John McCain. Folks, this is a big one. All the candidates down here sought it but only one got it. In a very tight race, something like this could really make the difference. Watch the endorsement and big hug here and read below from the very popular political blog called The Swamp."
Man, things are really heating up. Read below about what John McCain said about Mitt Romney today. Romney is not happy. Did McCain mischaracterize Romney's position? You be the judge. From The Associated Press:
Rudy Giuliani is out there on the campaign trail making the case that if Republicans want a leader and a manager, then he's the man. Read Giuliani's comments from the Sarasota County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner:
John McCain has been ripped to shreds because of his deal making with either Ted Kennedy on immigration or Russ Feingold on campaign finance reform or the Gang of 14 judges deal. But let's step back for a moment.
Since Hillary Clinton won't even be at her own watch party tonight in Columbia, the focus for the Clinton campaign is clearly on February 5th. Read part of a campaign memo below from Clinton's communication Director Howard Wolfson:
Hey everybody, David Brody here in South Carolina for a few more hours. Here's a blow by blow account of the primary as covered by my producer Robin Mazyck and myself. I spent the night at the Obama headquarters and Robin camped out at the Edwards campaign. Hillary Clinton was in Tennessee tonight when the returns came in.
The Brody File is on the ground in Columbia SC. I'll be at Barack Obama's watch party tonight. Barack Obama will be there too. But down the street at Hillary Clinton's watch party, no Hillary. She's in the state today but is bolting this evening for Tennessee.
So John McCain was endorsed by The New York Times. Umm...well....ummm....hmmm.
Robin Mazyck here with another guest blog on The Brody File.
Robin Mazyck here guest blogging for The Brody File. David left me all alone on the campaign trail so he could take care of some important business back in Washington, D.C., He will rejoin me here in South Carolina Saturday to cover the Democratic primary.
Hey, I thought the legacy of Ronald Reagan was supposed to be at the center of the Republican race for President, not the Democrats race. In this election, anything goes.
The following letter is from me to the thousands of "Fred Heads" out there.
I just finished my sit-down interview with Sen. Barack Obama here in Greenville, S.C. We talked about everything from last night's debate, his troubles with Sen. Hillary Clinton and continuing Internet rumors that he's a Muslim.
OK. She didn't hit him literally. Just with her words and rhetoric. Read below from The Associated Press:
My goodness. Obviously, Barack Obama must think he's still at the debate in Myrtle Beach. In Greenville, South Carolina, he delivered a speech and basically picked up where he left off as he ripped Hillary Clinton.I'm here in Greenville and saw it in person.
Hey everybody we're on way to Greenville, S.C. to sit down with Barack Obama for a one-on-one interview. Expect the video clips to come out later this evening. You can watch a full report on The 700 Club Wednesday morning.
Here we go. You knew this was coming. John McCain's campaign team has fired back at the Giuliani campaign over taxes. Earlier, the Giuliani campaign fired the first shot saying McCain was weak on cutting taxes.
Nancy French over at Evangelicals for Mitt is hitting back against The Brody File. Read my post from the other day here so you can get up to speed but below is Nancy French's post in response:
It's getting rough and tumble in Florida. Rudy Giuliani is going after John McCain on taxes.
John McCain and his campaign know one thing for sure. No Republican candidate can challenge him on his patriotism and service to this country. And you know McCain is going to ride that baby as far as he can.
Robin Mazyck here guest blogging for The Brody File.
No matter how much Barack Obama says it, there is still a campaign out there by some who are spreading e-mails saying he's a closet Muslim. In a one-on-one interview, he did with me a couple months ago, he denied it.
Hillary Clinton trails by about 8-10 points down here in South Carolina. If she's going to make a move, tonight's debate in Myrtle Beach is a great opportunity. There's some great analysis in The Greenville News this morning. Check it out below to see what each candidate must do to be effective and win votes:
The Brody File doesn't have to say it. I'll let Barack Obama explain the importance of this Saturday's South Carolina primary. See his comments below as reported by The Chicago Tribune:
News Flash: Mormons went for Mitt Romney in Nevada. I know it's a shock but it's true.
Hillary's victory in Nevada says a lot about her exceptional organization and a campaign that is jazzed for a fight.
A win for Romney in Nevada Saturday. Let me summarize the reactions of the Romney campaign and the other campaigns:
Hey everybody, David Brody here in South Carolina for the South's first primary vote. My producer Robin Mazyck and I will be updating you live, throughout the night. Robin will be bringing you updates from John McCain central in Charleston, S.C., and I will be updating you from Huckabee headquarters in Columbia, S.C. Comments? Send David or Robin an e-mail. For more up-to-minute returns on the South Carolina race, click here. 10:50 p.m. -
class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">Faith and politics have really intersected big time in the 2008 presidential race. Now there’s a full length movie about the topic. It’s called “Article 6: Faith, Politics, America”. More on what it is about below:
Mike Huckabee is getting slammed by Fred Thompson and some others because of something he said today. He talked about how he believed in a living, breathing constitution.
Did you see the confrontation between Mitt Romney and reporter Glen Johnson from The Associated Press? The clip is here, and a Boston Globe article about the exchange is below. Watch and read and then let's discuss:
Yes, Mike Huckabee is going to do very well among Evangelicals but don't think he's going to run away with that vote. The latest poll shows Huckabee leading McCain 33% to 20% among the Evangelical vote. That's a sizeable margin but not as big as it could be. Why?
A Senior Campaign Advisor to John McCain tells The Brody File that the Giuliani campaign will be in big trouble if their candidate John McCain wins South Carolina. The thinking by the campaign is McCain's momentum will be too hard to stop as he rolls into Florida. Of course, Giuliani is banking on the Sunshine State to be his comeback into the race. Read below as this advisor talks about Giuliani's Florida problem:
I have no life. So here's the story. I'm sitting here in Columbia South Carolina and I find out an important new South Carolina poll is going to be released at 4pm eastern on MSNBC. I run to a television to watch. Goodness gracious. Anyhow, click here to read the latest poll which shows McCain and Huckabee in a virtual tie. The undecided Evangelical vote will be key. See part of the Slate Article below:
I had a chance to talk to political strategist Ralph Reed today. His analysis of this crazy presidential race is below. Bottom line: he thinks Romney and Huckabee have been treated poorly by the media because of their faith.
I've made my way over to a John McCain pep rally and speech here in cold, rainy Columbia, S.C. I was at a Fred Thompson event a few hours ago at a local diner but this event has a different feel.
From social security to push polling to his love of soggy southern green beans, Fred Thompson held court at a local diner here in Columbia this morning in front of a standing room only crowd of about 100 people or so.
I wanted to share some emails coming in to The Brody File on the volatile race down here in South Carolina.
My political producer, Robin Mazyck is at it again. She shoved me out of the way to guest write this blog. Right now we're in Columbia, S. Carolina covering all the uncertainty that is the GOP presidential race.
I write this blog from the swanky Capitol Hill Club in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. It's so swanky that I had to be ushered through the back door because I was wearing jeans and management didn't want to upset the patrons. At that point I told them that I should go through the restaurant the regular way because I was The Brody File. They said "who"? I repeated again with emphasis that I was The Brody File. They then gave me a blank stare and said "so what".
The crowd was packed inside the ballroom in the Russell House here on campus. I’m estimated the crowd at roughly around 500. They’re all chanting, “Let’s Go Mitt” I have covered many Romney events and the first thing I noticed that was very different were the signs behind him. The big placard read, “Washingt
You knew these push polls were going to surface again. And indeed they have in South Carolina. They are being made in support of Mike Huckabee but the Huckabee campaign is none too happy about it. Read below from The Associated Press:
If you want to know what sort of storyline may develop in South Carolina, The Brody File has a little insight. A Senior Campaign Advisor to Mike Huckabee told me the following this afternoon:
Mike Huckabee says he's going to win South Carolina. John McCain says he's going to win South Carolina. The Brody File has a prediction:
The McCain camp says their candidate will get a "major endorsement" today in Greenville, South Carolina. MSNBC is reporting that Senator Tom Coburn will endorse John McCain.
In a state where the economy and cars rule the day, it was all business in Michigan and the businessman won.
Barack Obama may have to do some back tracking today. <
Bill Richardson wanted to President. No dice. He wanted to be Secretary of State. No dice. Instead Obama chose him to be his Commerce Secretary. Guess what? No dice on that too. <