Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is not done making waves. Guy Fawkes Day was a rousing success, so why not Veterans Day (11/11), Bill of Rights Day (12/15), and the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party (12/16)? "Trolling around the Ron Paul online universe yields word of more bombs in the making," ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports.
Suddenly, Paul on the verge of being taken seriously. "Four million dollars will buy a lot. For Rep. Ron Paul, it means CNN will come to your hotel room at 7 in the morning, the Concord Monitor will ride with you to the airport and NECN will meet you when you get there," the Monitor's Lauren R. Dorgan writes.
Robert Novak sees former senator Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., as having "seriously wounded himself" on the abortion issue on "Meet the Press." "Thompson was incoherent at best and thoroughly objectionable to his party's pro-life base at worst. He backed away from his firm opposition to the platform, but he never quite set himself right on the whole issue."
The Boston Globe's Brian Mooney profiles Giuliani. "Giuliani, more than any other candidate, is measured in part by the public drama of his intense personal, political, and professional relationships -- the friendships, marriages, and alliances that he nurtured and sometimes discarded," Mooney writes. "The choices he made at critical moments in these relationships helped define him as a person and a leader. Like a protagonist in one of his beloved operas, Giuliani has long been a commanding presence, both lionized and loathed."
The Los Angeles Times' Peter Wallsten looks at Rudy's stump style -- he doesn't feel your pain, but he'll kick your doctor's butt if you don't get better. "Other politicians might have expressed empathy, or drawn voters into deeper conversation, or lightened the talk of violence around elementary school children," Wallsten writes.
"But not the former New York mayor," he continues. "With his intense demeanor and aggressive policy stances -- such as pledging to 'prevent' Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon or to 'set them back five or 10 years' -- Giuliani has methodically built an image as the toughest guy on the block, unafraid of looking belligerent in the cause of keeping America safe. Though it isn't always pretty up close, Giuliani's demeanor seems to be working."
Don't lock in those primary dates yet: Michigan lawmakers are scrambling to keep their Jan. 15 primary in place, after a state judge ruled a provision in the law unconstitutional. (Wake us up when this is settled.) Per the Detroit Free Press' Dawson Bell: "Debbie Dingell, a Democratic power broker who helped lead the push for a Jan. 15 primary, said late Wednesday she was cautiously optimistic it could be salvaged and that extraordinary efforts to do so would be undertaken."
And finally, comedian Mo Rocca casts "Larry Craig: The Movie." (Starring Werner Klemperer as Sen. Craig.)
The kicker: The endorsement heard 'round the world:
"Every once in a while, I am left speechless. This is one of those times." -- McCain.
"I am surprised. But I guess it's because I am easily surprised." -- Thompson.
"I can't get the support of everybody. . . . I don't think the Republican party will choose a pro-choice, pro-gay civil union candidate to lead our party." -- Romney.
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