6) Rick Santorum's "major announcement" will be an endorsement from Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz
. Santorum has the organization in Iowa, but that hasn't translated at all into momentum.
5) The DCCC seems to have learned its lesson from the NY-09 debacle: define your opponent early. The group up went up on Thursday with an ad slamming Republican Rob Cornilles
as the Tea Party candidate -- and they've more than tripled their initial ad buy, making it $439,000 on both cable and broadcast, running through Dec. 22. That's a sign of worry over potentially losing the seat - a Democratic stronghold around Portland. Also keep in mind that the Democratic nominee (Suzanne Bonamici) is a politician while Cornilles is a businessman, who ran unsuccessfully for the seat in 2010.
4) An impassioned Elizabeth Warren pushed back hard
against the latest Crossroads GPS TV ad that hits her. "I can't find the right words to describe how wrong that is. Factually wrong and morally wrong," she said.
3) On Thursday, President Obama endorsed HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius's decision to limit use the morning after pill
by blocking over-the-counter sales to girls under 17. Obama: "I will say this, as the father of two daughters: I think it is important for us to make sure that we apply some common sense to various rules when it comes to over-the-counter medicine."
2) Another bad headline
for Texas Gov. Rick Perry
: Not everyone on his staff was on board with his recently released TV ad criticizing the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Perry is now blatantly appealing to the evangelical wing of the party, normally a good play in Iowa, but not in this type of environment - where the economy trumps all. The campaign's internal divides underscore how much his campaign has failed to live up to its initial promise.
It's unlikely that this issue will go away anytime soon, as politically polarized responses continue to surface with women's group on the left unhappy and conservative groups finding themselves in the rare position of agreeing with the president.
1) Mitt Romney
's strategy is now clear: Use surrogates to rip apart Newt Gingrich while outside supporters spend prodigiously in Iowa to make a play for the first-in-the-nation caucuses. National Journal
's Alex Roarty and Josh Kraushaar report
on the stark shift in strategy from Team Romney.
-- Jessica Taylor and Steven Shepard contributed