That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
Mike Huckabee, the Republican contender from Hope, Arkansas, is looking for a boost in Iowa that vaults him into the top tier of GOP candidates — perhaps even passing Fred Thompson. Huckabee’s campaign today unveiled a new Internet ad that at once plays up and mocks the party’s drive to prove who is the toughest candidate, particularly on immigration. Huckabee’s message: He’ll solve the problem because he’s got Chuck Norris on his side. “There’s no chin underneath Chuck Norris’ beard — only another fist.”
Pol Houses: The Los Angeles Times’ Tina Daunt has a creative story in the Los Angeles Times Magazine this week: a look at the city’s most famous homes for fund-raising. Leading the list is Ron Burkle’s Greenacres, the former estate of Harold Lloyd, right. The mansion already has been the scene of numerous events this year including a fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton in March.
Barack on Geffen: As reporters questioned Barack Obama on his charges that the Clinton campaign was spreading innuendo about him — as reported in a Bob Novak column over the weekend — he was asked about David Geffen’s diatribe against the Clinton’s last February. “He doesn’t work for my campaign,” Obama said, according to the Politico. “He isn’t associated with my campaign.”
Flynt Funds: Dennis Kucinich attended a fund-raiser on Friday at the home of Larry Flynt. Reports the D.C. Examiner’s Yeas & Nays, Flynt said, “I support Dennis Kucinich because not only have I been a friend of his for 40 years, but I believe he offers an essential, viable and exciting option to the candidates that are more popular at the moment.” Hosts of the event included Woody Harrelson, Ed Norton, Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, Frances Fisher, Stephen Stills and Melissa Etheridge.