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Want more snow? Of course you do

A full-on pattern change is headed to the eastern U.S. next week, but before that happens, two more shots of snow are possible for the northern Cumberland Plateau region. 

FRIDAY: A weak clipper system will dive through the region late tonight and into tomorrow, bringing with it the possibility of some light snow. The National Weather Service’s Morristown office, which covers Scott County and the eastern half of the northern plateau, is all in, forecasting a total of 2-3 inches of snow for this area. But the NWS’s Nashville office, which covers Fentress County and the western half of the northern plateau, isn’t, forecasting little to no accumulation.

There are a couple of issues: One, this system is going to be moisture-starved. Two, temps will warm rapidly on Friday. 

Temperatures tonight will drop into the 20s after finally reaching the freezing point this afternoon. The question is how low they go. The NWS is forecasting a low of 20, undercutting both the GFS and NAM models by several degrees. Tomorrow, though, it seems likely we warm above freezing. Even the NWS is forecasting a high of 39, which still undercuts the major models by a few degrees. So if precipitation lingers long enough into the day, a changeover from snow to rain is likely to occur.

As for precipitation, there won’t be much of it. The GFS and the NAM both show less than a tenth of an inch of liquid precipitation. Of course, ground temperatures will be very cold and any snow shower that sets up over the region could quickly create some slick road conditions, particularly in the pre-dawn hours.

If the NWS’s thinking holds, we’ll probably see a winter weather advisory hoisted for the northern plateau later this afternoon. If it doesn’t, we’ll likely see them downgrade the snow accumulation expectations with this afternoon’s forecast. If I were a betting man, I’d bet on the latter.

MONDAY: By Monday, the pattern change is going to be underway. But at the same time, a potent storm system is going to develop and slide across the southeastern U.S., bringing chances of snow to much of Tennessee, particularly the northern plateau and the mountains. 

For now, the NWS is being rather vague in their forecasts, and for good reason: there’s a lot of uncertainty with regards to this system. Temperatures are going to be marginal, and the exact tract of the low pressure system is going to largely determine who sees snow and who sees a cold rain as this storm impacts the region. 

Temperatures Sunday morning are going to be quite cold — at least in the lower teens, and perhaps even colder than that here on the northern plateau. But the flow will flip to the south during the day Sunday. That will do a couple of things: It’ll start to usher in the moisture that will lead to precipitation — possibly snow — on Monday, but it’ll also warm temperatures above freezing. 

Then the system moves in. The European global model, the ECMWF, is faster with the onset of precipitation, while the American-flavored global, the GFS, is slower. Both show a solution that would result in at least some snow for much of Tennessee, particularly the northern plateau. 

It does appear that there will be enough moisture available with this system to result warning-level snowfall, if temperatures cooperate. The 6z run of the GFS shows 0.85” liquid-form precipitation, while the 0z run showed 0.80” liquid-form precip. Other major models show at least that much precip. 

Most major models show a rain-to-snow scenario, with the ECMWF and the Canadian global, the GGEM, dropping fairly significant totals on the front end for the northern plateau, while the GFS would drop accumulation on the back-end after temperatures fall back below freezing Monday night. 

How much snow is impossible to say. Suffice to say that the current look from most of the major models would be enough for a winter storm warning to be issued for much of the region as Monday nears. But if the storm shifts further north, snow potential will drop. Ninety-six hours is a ton of time for things to change in that regard.

Also keep this in mind: warm air advection is going to be occurring on Monday, with warmer air moving into the region. Never, ever under-estimate warm air advection. It’s possible that the arctic air that will be entrenched this weekend is more stubborn than the models are currently projecting, which would enhance snow potential, but if I’m a betting man, I’m always going to bet on the warm air advection being a little more pronounced than what the models show. 

Let’s also say this: Be very, very cautious about buying into the ridiculous graphics you see on social media, such as Facebook. For example, this is the one that was receiving heavy play on Facebook yesterday: 

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That graphic depicts more than a foot of snow for the northern plateau. But what the person posting it didn’t point out is that this graphic is not a forecast. It’s a single run of a single model. Specifically, it was from the Canadian model. There were many other models at the same time — including several with higher verification scores — that did not show snow accumulation anywhere near this, and even other runs of the same model did not show the same. 

Case in point, here’s the same model today, and those snow totals are cut in half (almost by two-thirds, in fact): 

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With all that said, here’s what NWS-Morristown had to say about this system this morning: “Most models generally show the onset of precipitation being all snow, followed by a warm-up during the day on Monday, changing snow to a mix of snow/rain, followed by a change back to all snow late in the event Monday night…Given the differences outlined above, have not gotten too specific with precipitation type or amounts given that this is a low confidence forecast. However, confidence is reasonably high that most/all of the region will experience snow and potentially other forms of wintry precipitation sometime during the Monday and Monday night timeframe. Additionally, higher confidence exists regarding the possibility of a significant snowfall along the East Tennessee and North Carolina mountains, and perhaps portions of far northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. However, a much lower confidence exists regarding specific details for snowfall amounts and precipitation timing for much of the valley, including the Knoxville and Chattanooga metro areas, and the Cumberland Plateau.”

Here’s what NWS-Nashville said this morning: “The forecast becomes very uncertain and complex late Sunday through Monday and Monday night. A couple of shortwave troughs will move into the region, helping to develop a surface low pressure system, that will eventually become a major winter storm for the East Coast. Models are continuing to have difficulties handling the evolution of the system at this time. Overall, we expect wintry precip, including some measurable snowfall, across the mid state within the late Sunday through Monday night team frame. At this time, there are too many uncertainties to forecast specific snow amounts, which could vary considerably across the area depending on the exact positions and tracks of the features.”

A TASTE OF SPRING: The pattern change I mentioned will continue to evolve as next week progresses. Any snow that falls Monday won’t stick around too long, with warming temperatures that should be at least 10 degrees above freezing Tuesday and perhaps into the 50s as soon as Wednesday. The current GFS model takes temperatures all the way to 60 degrees by next Thursday. 

Here’s what NWS-Nashville had to note in that regard this morning: “After the wintry mess moves away, big changes. Temperatures will recover to near normal levels midweek, then above normal late week as a ridge from the western states expands eastward. Late week will feel like spring with highs climbing into the 60s.”

The big question is whether this warmup will be a prelude to spring or if it’s simply a brief interlude to winter. I wouldn’t necessarily count on an early spring, but winter certainly appears to be on its last legs. The mild weather appears to persist all the way through next weekend and for a week thereafter. That would put us into the last couple of days of February with no more threats of winter weather, should it pan out that way. There are some early signals that Ol’ Man Winter could flex his muscles one last time in early March, but it’s too soon to say for sure. 

BOTTOM LINE: A weak clipper system tonight could result in some light snow showers that could temporarily hamper road conditions, but I wouldn’t put off any homework that is due tomorrow if I were a student. The bigger chance for snow is Monday, but by then temperatures are becoming an issue. Winter storm warning-level snows are possible, but only a fool would put money on that at this point…and the main thing is to ignore those graphics on social media that show 12 or 18 inches of snow for our region on Monday. Could it happen? Sure. But it’s not likely — not at the moment, anyway. And after that, the arctic air scoots out of the way for the foreseeable future. 

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Trump is flailing

You won’t read about it on The Drudge Report, but Donald Trump is quickly losing support among GOP voters in the aftermath of his disappointing finish in the Iowa caucus. 

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Manning’s postgame party: Much ado about nothing

First, let’s just say that I know my audience well, and I know that many of you who read this are conservative Christians. So am I, for that matter. But if we can’t have a conversation about Christianity and drinking without falling out with one another, you might want to stop reading now. 

Still with me? Okay, but don’t say I didn’t warn you!

It is hardly a surprise that Peyton Manning is catching flack from Christians for his comments to CBS’s Tracy Wolfson in the aftermath of Sunday’s Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers. Manning, who became the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl, told Wolfson that he was going to kiss his wife, hug his family, and “thank the man upstairs” for the opportunity to play the game. But he also said this: “I’m going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight, Tracy, I promise you that.” 

Later, when asked by CBS lead man Jim Nantz to reiterate his comments, he said “I’m going to drink some beer.” And, on CBS This Morning the following morning, Manning said, “I’ve had a few Budweisers and it’s been a special night.” 

Not surprisingly, Christian pundits are taking Manning to task over his remarks. Consider this article, written by self-described street preacher Geoffrey Grider, who maintains a blog entitled “Now the End Begins”: 

The really sad part of that statement is twofold. One, for someone who calls himself an “evangelical Christian“, telling 100 million people that he is going to go out and “drink a lot of Budweiser” and get drunk is a really, really poor testimony. It makes Christianity look really bad, makes it look just like the unsaved world. Secondly, instead of thanking his Saviour Jesus Christ, he instead opted for the expression “the man upstairs”. That’s what unsaved people call God, that’s not what Christians call their Heavenly Father.

If I’m being honest, I cringed when Manning said he was going to drink a lot of Budweiser.

But then I got over it. In fact, I found it sort of interesting, because it was easy to anticipate the reaction of so many people who hang on celebrities’ every word with baited breath, waiting for them to say something that they can be outraged about.

In fact, Grider sorta sums up the entire reaction from those folks. Manning has been a shining example of what professional athletes ought to be for almost 20 years — more than 20 years if you include the time he spent at the University of Tennessee. He’s been an exceptional role model for youth for that entire duration. And from a single moment in the aftermath of a single game, folks like Grider want to declare the preceding two decades null and void, while simultaneously implying that 1.) Manning’s simple comment is going to lead to an increase in drunk driving accidents and 2.) Manning can’t really be a Christian…not a true, born-again Christian, anyway.

But the truth of the matter, for those who were shocked by Manning’s comments Sunday, is that his words really weren’t a surprise at all if you’ve followed his career closely. In 2014, after the Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers in the AFC Championship Game to advance to the Super Bowl, a reporter asked Manning at his post-game press conference if he was contemplating retirement. His response? “What’s going through my mind is how quick I can get a Bud Light in my mouth.” 

In fact, in the book that Manning authored with his father, Archie, called Manning, he spoke about his Christianity. Specifically, he mentioned what might happen if someone saw him drinking beer and saw that as a contrast to his faith. 

He wrote: “Like my dad, I make it a point when I speak to groups to talk about priorities, and when it’s schookids, I rank those priorities as: faith, family, and education, then football. For me generally it had always been the big four: faith, family, friends and football. And I tell all of them that as important as football is to me, it can never be higher than fourth. My faith has been number one since I was thirteen years old and heard from the pulpit on a Sunday morning in New Orleans a simple question: ‘If you died today, are you one hundred percent sure you’d go to heaven?’” 

He goes on: “I committed my life to Christ and that faith has been most important to me ever since. Some players get more vocal about it — the Reggie Whites, for example — and some point to heaven after scoring a touchdown and praise God after games. I have no problem with that. But I don’t do it, and I don’t think it makes me any less a Christian. I just want my actions to speak louder, and I don’t want to be more of a target for criticism than I already am. Somebody sees you drinking a beer, which I do, and they think, ‘Hmmm, Peyton says he’s this, that, or the other, and there he is drinking alcohol. What’s that all about?’”

As for drinking beer, Manning wrote: “Christians drink beer. So do non-Christians. Christians also make mistakes, just as non-Christians do. My faith doesn’t make me perfect, it makes me forgiven, and provides me the assurance I looked for half my life ago.” 

On praying “to the man upstairs,” as he said after Sunday’s game, Manning wrote this: “I also think I’ve been blessed — having so little go wrong in my life, and being given so much. I pray every night, sometimes long prayers about a lot of things and a lot of people, but I don’t talk about it or brag about it because that’s between God and me, and I’m no better than anybody else in God’s sight. But I consider myself fortunate to be able to go to Him for guidance, and I hope (and pray) I don’t do too many things that displease Him before I get to heaven myself.” 

There’s more, but that’s the gist of it. 

So on Manning’s statement about praying to “the man upstairs,” let’s be clear: I don’t choose to use that verbiage myself, but I’m in no position to judge others who do. Who am I — or Geoffrey Grider — to question the salvation of someone who I disagree with as a matter of semantics? Grader is 100% wrong when he opines that Christians don’t refer to God as the “man upstairs,” and that only non-believers do that. I’ve heard many Christians — whose salvation I would never doubt — refer to God as “the man upstairs,” and do so with deference. I don’t, for many different reasons, but at the end of the day it’s still a matter of semantics, not doctrine. 

That leaves us with the second part of Manning’s statement.

Before we go any further, I should probably make a few things clear: I’m not a big drinker. If forced to pigeonhole myself, I’d describe myself as a social drinker, but really that’s not very accurate, either. I consume alcoholic beverages less often in social settings than I do when I’m home alone. I might have a glass of wine with dinner, or a sangria on the beach, or a little bourbon, but that’s about it. I detest the taste and the smell of straight beer and never touch the stuff. I’ve never been drunk in my life, never wanted to be, and never intend to be. My interpretation of my bible is that drunkenness is clearly prohibited but alcohol in moderation is not condemned. I also just happen to be a Baptist. As you might imagine, that makes for some uncomfortable moments in sermons when the preacher’s thundering sermon draws a line in the sand between those who condemn alcohol and those who don’t. Maybe they’re out there, but I haven’t met many Baptist ministers who weren’t teetotalers on the subject of beer and alcohol.

With all that said, I’m not going to delve into a theological discussion about whether the wine in Old Testament times or the wine of Jesus’s time was fermented. First because I’m not a biblical scholar — far from it, in fact — and secondly because such a debate would require way too many words and would accomplish nothing. As a general rule, I’ve discovered that those who believe in total abstinence from alcohol cannot be convinced that biblical wine was fermented, and those who believe alcohol is okay in moderation cannot be convinced that it wasn’t. I’ll only say that I can’t read my bible or related commentaries and craft a solid argument that the wine of the New Testament (or the old, for that matter) was unfermented. (And I’ve already made that argument here.)

I’m also not going to make insulting arguments that alcohol-in-moderation supporters often make, like saying drunkenness is no bigger sin than gluttony, or doing other things that harm the body, such as using tobacco. There’s a point to be made there, but such arguments are usually only made to stick the proverbial knife in your opponent and draw a reaction. 

But I do want to point out something that I think we sometimes lose sight of, which is that the evangelical belief of total abstinence from alcohol is not a belief shared by a majority of the world’s Christians, nor is it a belief that was developed during the significant theological revolutions of the early church.

In fact, let’s be honest: the idea of total abstinence from alcohol began as a political movement, not a theological movement. That’s why Christians’ stance on alcohol doesn’t conform to denominational lines but to geographical lines.

Think about that for a moment. In America, Southern Baptists are the single largest denomination that oppose even moderate consumption of alcohol. There are other denominations too, of course, but Baptists are the most visible denomination in the fight. But Baptists in England have little problem with alcohol. In fact, Christians in Europe — which is where most Christians in America migrated from, by the way — are usually stunned if you bring up the subject of Christian consumption of alcohol in conversation. In Europe, it’s simply a non-issue. 

Obviously that isn’t an excuse for alcohol. Europeans do a lot of things I wouldn’t do. But it’s a way to point out the geographical confines to this argument that alcohol is, by its very nature, sinful. 

If history teaches us anything, it is that the early church didn’t have an issue with alcohol. In fact, total abstinence of alcohol as a generally held belief of the church wasn’t developed until the late 19th century. Prior to the Temperance movement, Christians routinely drank alcohol. It was a Christian minister, in fact, who developed the recipe for Bourbon whiskey. Parishioners sometimes tithed moonshine from their personal stills. Pastors were sometimes paid with whiskey, along with vegetables from the garden and meat from the smokehouse.

It wasn’t until 1896 that the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a resolution denouncing alcohol and encouraging member churches to excommunicate members who drink. Consider that: for nearly 1900 years after Jesus Christ walked the earth and the early Christian church was founded, protestant Christians did not see an issue with moderate consumption of alcohol. 

Obviously that changed with the Temperance movement. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But before we condemn someone like Peyton Manning for mentioning that he’s going to drink beer, and especially before we suggest that he can’t possibly be a Christian and say such a thing, we should stop and consider these things. 

In retrospect, I wish Manning hadn’t said what he did. At the very least, you have to consider the whole “leading your brother to a stumbling block” aspect, and that makes it poor judgment on Manning’s part. 

But how are you going to take every statement Manning has ever made about his faith, every good thing he’s ever said and done during an NFL career that has spanned two decades, and throw them out the window because of one solitary statement he made at the end of an otherwise illustrious career? 

Grider writes that Manning makes “Christianity look really bad, makes it look just like the unsaved world.” I disagree. I think Christians who get on their high horse and take it upon themselves to judge other Christians — even going so far as to call their very salvation into question — over trivial matters does far more to tarnish the image of Christianity in the eyes of the non-believing world than Manning’s statement could ever do.

It’s an ugly snowy day

Snow began falling in earnest across the northern Cumberland Plateau shortly after nightfall Monday evening, with off-and-on snow showers continuing through the night and into Tuesday. About two inches of snow was on the ground across the region when dawn broke Tuesday morning, with slick road conditions. 

Tuesday’s snowfall has proven to be unspectacular along the plateau, limited mostly to flurries. Most of the snow shower activity has been limited to areas west of the plateau. And the early February sun has taken a beating on the “snow pack,” such as it was, resulting in rapidly improving road conditions. Despite cloud cover, lazy snowflakes flying in the air all day, and temperatures in the mid 20s, the higher sun angle in February results in quicker melting than in December or early January.

Nevertheless, chances for snow showers continue through the overnight hours along the northern plateau, and most models lay down at least a few tenths of an inch of additional snow accumulation. It isn’t a lot, but it may be enough to cause road conditions to deteriorate once the sun sets this evening. In any event, roads that are wet from today’s snow melt will freeze as soon as the sun dips below the horizon, resulting in icy conditions on some secondary streets and back roads later on today.

After that, the primary story will be the cold air. Northern winds will pick up this evening, causing the wind chill factor to plummet to near zero on the plateau as temperatures drop through the teens. The latest GFS data takes our low temperature to 12 by daybreak Wednesday, with a high of only 23 Wednesday afternoon. The GFS model is doing an about-face on anticipated temperatures for the end of the week, now taking us above freezing both Thursday and Friday before a replenishing shot of cold air delivers brutal conditions for the weekend. Saturday may not get out of the 20s — again — and Sunday morning could very well be the coldest morning of them all. Currently, the GFS model bottoms us out in the single digits on Sunday.

Things could get interesting after that. The arctic air mass will begin to break down for good, but it may not do so without some wintry mischief. Several models are showing a potent little system getting its act together for the start of next week. The ECMWF model has been particularly steady with its depiction of a snow event that could result in moderate accumulations for much of Tennessee. Other models aren’t sold on the idea. However, even the GFS — which pushes the storm system further north than most of its counterparts — drops a couple of inches of snow across the northern plateau on Monday.

This system may very well evolve as a snow-to-rain solution, because the cold air is going to be getting the heck out of Dodge. And after it gets out, it may not come back for a while. Current modeling shows temps in the 60s by the end of next week. It’s way too soon to declare winter’s death, and no doubt we’ll see some cold shots and even snow chances as we get deeper into February and on into March. But hopefully this week is the end of the cold and snow like we’re seeing now. There are mixed signals on what the Arctic Oscillation will do after it goes positive for the next week or two, but some of the other indices indicate that winter could very well be on life support. At the very least, from a climatological standpoint, winter should be on its last legs. By the end of next week, we’ll be ready to hit the final week of February and once March arrives, temperatures in the 70s are more common than afternoon temperatures in the 20s.

Cam Newton’s postgame temper tantrum

In the run-up to Super Bowl 50, the NFL asked why Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is so polarizing. And, not surprisingly, they blamed it on race.

Newton showed during the fourth quarter of SB50 why he’s so polarizing. After spending the run-up to the big game talking himself up, Newton’s frustration got the better of him as the game progressed. In the game’s pivotal moment, when he was stripped of the ball by Denver’s Von Miller, he didn’t even attempt to fall on it. That gave the Broncos possession inside the 10-yard-line with under five minutes to play, allowing them to score a touchdown to clinch the game. Later, with three minutes left, Newton was seen screaming at a referee after being hit in the end zone.

But none of that could top Newton’s postgame press conference, where he generally came across as a spoiled, whiny juvenile, scowling and rolling his eyes and giving one-word answers to questions from reporters before finally getting up and stomping away from the podium.

Watch the end of it:

I get that it’s tough to face folks and answer questions after you lose a game, especially a game of this magnitude. But compare Newton’s postgame presser with Peyton Manning’s after the Broncos lost Super Bowl 48 to the Seahawks. And then understand why Cam Newton is so polarizing.

It certainly has nothing to do with race.

Cold air takes on a more impressive look

The coldest air of the 2015-2016 winter season looks to invade the Cumberlands this week, perhaps accompanied by light to moderate snow accumulations. 

After excellent modeling agreement early on projected a very deep arctic air mass intruding the region this week, the most reliable models began to differ on the extent of the cold air, and the primary projector of the cold air — the GFS model — even began to back away, showing cold temperatures but temperatures that would rise above freezing each afternoon this week.

Now, though, models have trended in the opposite direction, and it indeed looks like some very cold air is on tap for the Cumberland Plateau region in the days ahead.

Tuesday and Wednesday were always going to be quite cold, with temps falling through the day on Monday and rising back above freezing on Thursday. Now, though, it appears that the cold air could linger until the end of the week. 

The current forecast from the National Weather Service for Oneida, Tenn., is for a high of 38 on Monday, a low of 20 Tuesday morning, a high of 26 Tuesday afternoon, a low of 12 Wednesday morning, a high of 24 Wednesday afternoon, a low of 12 Thursday morning and a high of 35 Thursday afternoon. Those numbers have been lowered quite a bit by NWS forecasters over the last 48 to 72 hours and may be lowered some more as we move into the looming cold spell.

The most recent model output statistics from the GFS model read like this: 

 Monday afternoon: 40
Tuesday morning: 21
Tuesday afternoon: 27
Wednesday morning: 13
Wednesday afternoon: 18
Thursday morning: 8
Thursday afternoon: 24

The GFS finally takes us above freezing again on Friday, but holds temperatures in the mid 30s all the way through the weekend.

Raw data from the GFS is even colder, as expected. After a high in the 20s on Tuesday, it tops out temperatures at 15 on Wednesday, drops them to 2 on Thursday morning and tops them out at 23 Thursday afternoon. Those numbers are likely too cold, but the general idea is that the coldest weather of the season is on the way, and we’re likely going to be below freezing for the better part of 96 consecutive hours. 

As for snow, it continues to look like we’ll see light precipitation over at least a two-day period, starting as rain on Monday morning and perhaps mixing with snow during the morning hours before turning over to all snow Monday afternoon as colder air moves down to the surface. 

Accumulations remain very much a question mark. Both the GFS and the NAM models are trending towards more snow. The 12z run of each model today printed totals of nearly 5 inches of snow across the northern plateau. But those numbers are probably optimistic for several different reasons.

Precipitation totals are going to be light, ground temperatures will be warm initially, and we’re a week into February, with higher sun angles that can limit the potential for snow accumulation. For that reason, it’s logical to think that any snow that accumulates during the day on Monday will be limited to elevated or grassy surfaces. If road conditions deteriorate, that will likely occur overnight Monday into Tuesday. 

Given the various issues and doubts, the National Weather Service has not issued any warnings or advisories for the Cumberland Plateau. It won’t be a surprise if the NWS issues a winter weather advisory later this afternoon or Monday morning, but winter storm watches and warnings seem unlikely. 

Update: NWS-Nashville has pulled the trigger on a winter weather advisory for the western half of the plateau. It’s in effect from 12 p.m. Monday until 6 p.m. Tuesday for 1-2 inches of snow. We’ll see if NWS-Morristown follows suit for the eastern half of the plateau.

Update II: NWS-Morristown has issued a winter weather advisory for the eastern half of the plateau as well. It’s in effect from 7 a.m. Monday until 7 p.m. Tuesday for 1-2 inches of snow. 

Good question

Writing for National Review, David French asks why the promoters of America’s identity politics aren’t interested in the fact that Hispanic candidates are making serious inroads in the presidential race. He finds his answer in a rhetorical question:

Are we suddenly bored by “firsts” now? Or is there something wrong with Cruz and Rubio — something that has nothing to do with their heritage and everything to do with their politics?

He’s looking at you, mainstream media.

You scared, bro?

Is Matt Drudge worried by Donald Trump’s surprising struggles in Iowa and signs that he’s losing support elsewhere? 

It would seem so.

The stalwart conservative muckraker, who is all in for Trump, is using his website, Drudge Report, to hammer Trump’s top two challengers in the Republican field, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. 

His lead blares a World Net Daily headline about conservative icon Phyllis Schiafly blasting Rubio, and stories further down the list continue the attack.

Then there’s a story about Ron Paul blasting Cruz, saying the Texas Senator isn’t worthy of carrying the libertarian banner.

As has been Drudge’s practice throughout the primary campaign, there are no negative stories of Trump to be found. 

Given Trump’s electability issues and Drudge’s undisguised and unabashed hatred for the Clintons, that approach is interesting, to say the least.