I was in the middle of teaching Act 4 of Julius Caesar when I got a text message from The Teenager. (See photo below). I'd made the mistake of thinking the two year old Lab would not eat the presents I'd put under the tree. Wrong.
The next 48 hours are going to be filled with more cleaning, polishing, setting things up, and lots more cooking. But, the debate looms. I want to see this one.
One thing we should all keep in mind is that Iowa doesn't seal the deal. It seems that so many pundits are staking everything on Iowa but so much can change during the course of this campaign. Remember, in 2008 it looked like Hillary was going to be the nominee for the longest. Heck, Ron Paul might very well win Iowa. Just sayin'....
If you missed the National Review's Not-Newt recommendation:
Gingrich has always said he wants to transform the country. He appears unable to transform, or even govern, himself. He should be an adviser to the Republican party, but not again its head.
The NRO editors suggest another look at Romney, Huntsman, or Santorum.
Sigh. I'm still wondering about a Perry resurgence.
There's a long way to go yet. While Iowa is important, it's not the end of the line. There's still a lot of changing ground under us.
Check back later for live-blogging.