In a new segment, “Hardball” host Chris Matthews gives his take on the day’s top headlines.
It’s the end of an era in Washington
Karl Rove, the President’s most trusted adviser has resigned effective August 31. Rove’s a political warrior who played politics like a blood sport and the big question today is where will he go next? Will he work on the 2008 campaign? Will Rove continue to be a ramrod in Republican politics? He won’t talk to Congress but odds are that he’ll be out on the lucrative lecture circuit. So if you want to hear what Rove has to say, you might just have to pay to hear him.
New Yorker takes a look at Rudy
And, this week’s New Yorker takes a look at how Rudy Giuliani just might be able to win over the party faithful. The big question posed by the 20-page piece, “Is what New York never liked about Rudy Giuliani exactly what the heartland loves?”
Is Hillary a drag?
The Associated Press has talked to 40 top Democrats about what a Hillary nomination would mean for the party. By and large, these Democrats, almost all of them talking off the record, believe that a polarizing politician like Hillary could cost the party some congressional seats. Still, Sen.Clinton remains the clear frontrunner and she begins to air her first TV ad in Iowa.
Huckabee in Iowa
Mike Huckabee is riding a big wave of publicity after a second place finish in the Iowa Straw poll. Mitt Romney won but spent a fortune to do it. The big question is can Huckabee turn this newfound fame into fortune and raise the kind bucks he needs to stay competitive in the race?
Reinstating the draft?
And finally, President’s war czar, Douglas Lute, raised the ugly head of a return to the military draft when he appeared on NPR. Should this country reinstate the draft?