The ice fell early this morning in Springfield, but later turned to rain, making this more of a slushstorm than anything else. At least in the Springfield area.
For us political junkies, the real storm will come tonight -- when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton face-off in Texas at CNN's debate. Clinton needs a long-ball tonight. As Pat Buchanan puts it, "she's in the 2-minute drill." You can bet the Obama folks are boning up on Kosovo and Serbia right now.
And what do make of this John McCain story and his personal-professional-romantic relationship with the lobbyist? To steal Tim Russert's language, it looks to be "lots of smoke, but no fire." To me, the most striking thing is the timing of the release of the story. We know the New York Times had planned to run this story back in December, but opted against it after pressure from the McCain campaign. Would this have altered New Hampshire and beyond? The right seems to be rallying behind McCain now, so in that sense, it may end up being a unifer among conservatives.
Will it have legs? Further reporting would be the key to uncovering a possible fire festering beneath the smoke.