That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
Much of the nation’s political media and (what seems like) all of its politicians will ring in the New Year in Des Moines, Iowa. One of the top spots: the Raucus Before the Caucus party at the Temple for the Performing Arts in downtown Des Moines. It’s organized by Carrie Giddons, communications director of the Iowa Democratic Party, and Mary Tiffany, who holds the same title for the Republican Party of Iowa, with some 450 people expected, according to ABC News. Some 2,000 journalists are staked out in the city for the final days before the start of voting.
First Guest: Mike Huckabee will be a guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Wednesday, one of the first guests on the show’s return that night after going dark during the still-ongoing WGA strike. It’s doubtful that any Democratic contenders will appear, as most have vowed not to cross picket likes.
Huckabee will join with Churck Norris for a rally on Tuesday at the Val Air Ballroom in Des Moines.
“Seinfeld” Speak: Is this the worst kind of attack? Huckabee is comparing Mitt Romney to George Costanza. This from Jake Tapper’s Political Punch:
“Referring to the 6th season episode of Seinfeld, “The Beard,” in which Jerry is coached by George as to how he can beat a lie detector test (in order to maintain a claim that he had never watched “Melrose Place”), Huckabee’s campaign said that the Romney standard for truth-telling is comparable to Costanza’s memorable advice that closes this scene, from the February 9, 1995 episode:
JERRY: So George, how do I beat this lie detector?
GEORGE: I’m sorry, Jerry I can’t help you.
JERRY: Come on, you’ve got the gift. You’re the only one that can help me.
GEORGE: Jerry, I can’t. It’s like saying to Pavarotti, “Teach me to sing like you.”
JERRY: All right, well I’ve got to go take this test. I can’t believe I’m doing this.
GEORGE: Jerry, just remember. It’s not a lie… if you believe it.”
Biden’s “West Wing” Star: Martin Sheen was forced to cancel appearances with Bill Richardson, but Joe Biden got the aid of another “West Wing” star: Richard Schiff. He campaigned with Biden over the weekend.
“I don’t care what CNN says, I don’t care what Fox News says, or the New York Times,” Schiff said, according to the Des Moines Register. “There’s one candidate who makes sense, who’s going to take over the office, can take action and doesn’t have to spend two or three years learning how to be president.”