Politics of Fear

31 December 2007 |permalink | email article

Hillary Clinton, as the Iowa caucuses near, is making an all-out pitch that experience trumps change. She warns voters that she would be the best prepared candidate to deal with “the unpredictable.”

Until this past weekend change was the… read full story

Andrew Sullivan Opines

29 December 2007 |permalink | email article

The respected conservative writer and senior editor at The Atlantic argues at his blog, The Daily Dish, and from his magazine cover-story about the case for Barack Obama:

I find it hard to disagree with any of this. In… read full story

Reshaping Campaign ‘08

28 December 2007 |permalink | email article

Benazir Bhutto’s assassination has major political consequences as Americans to begin to select their next president. These include:

1) Forcing a reassessment of the relationship between the U.S. and President Pervez Musharraf in fighting the cross-border activity involving suicide… read full story

Closing Arguments

27 December 2007 |permalink | email article

A week before the Iowa caucuses the three major Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards are making closing arguments to Hawkeye voters.

Clinton jumped out first with an interview published yesterday morning in the… read full story

Is God his co-pilot?

26 December 2007 |permalink | email article

Whether Mike Huckabee turns out to be a comet or a meteor one thing is clear: the former Baptist preacher and Arkansas governor is running as a conservative rebel capable of extreme statement and big position switches.

Early this… read full story

Christmas 2007

25 December 2007 |permalink | email article

Every major presidential candidate released TV ads promoting themselves while sending season’s greetings to voters.

Sadly, none chose to address a significant aspect of the Christmas season – a praiseworthy concern that the poor and hungry are fed.

The… read full story

Hillary Coronation?

24 December 2007 |permalink | email article

Virtually on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, the issue has been firmly joined. Hillary Clinton wants to make the race a tight embrace about the successes of her husband’s two-term record in the 1990s – a bold declaration… read full story

Tancredo

23 December 2007 |permalink | email article

My candidate for worst person of the year in American politics is Republican presidential dropout Tom Tancredo.

The Colorado congressman had no shot at winning the nomination but his impact was predictable. On a single issue – illegal… read full story

Clinton-Obama: Lead Shrinks

20 December 2007 |permalink | email article

California voters in the Big Enchilada primary on Feb. 5 are being influenced by tightening races in the crucial states of Iowa and New Hampshire just after New Year’s Day.

The new California Field Poll shows that Hillary Clinton’s… read full story

Kneecapping Obama

18 December 2007 |permalink | email article

Former Sen. Bob Kerrey endorsed Hillary Clinton Sunday in Iowa.

What shocked was that Kerrey, president of New School University in New York City, referred to the junior senator from Illinois as “Barack Hussein Obama.”

As quoted… read full story

Bill Rambles On

17 December 2007 |permalink | email article

Here’s more detail than my last post noting Bill Clinton’s interview with Charlie Rose on Friday night, grist for much conversation in coming days.

Clinton trashed Barack Obama big time as not ready to be president and for… read full story

Register for Clinton, Globe backs Obama

16 December 2007 |permalink | email article

Clinton’s endorsement will surprise many but the Des Moines Register bought into the campaign’s fierce lobbying argument about her “readiness to lead.” The paper is inspired by Obama but unsure about his ability to succeed.

That a majority of… read full story

Obama Not Ready?

15 December 2007 |permalink | email article

Bill Clinton, interviewed by Charlie Rose Friday night, called Barack Obama’s experience into question by comparing the Illinois Democrat running for president to himself in 1988.

Cllnton, who’s aggressively emerged as the chief surrogate for Hillary Clinton, said he… read full story

Clinton, Obama Donnybrook

14 December 2007 |permalink | email article

The animus between two of the major Democratic rivals for Democratic nomination just 20 days before the Iowa caucuses has turned ugly.

Clinton, the early frontrunner who stumbled in the Philly debate, blames her poll slippage on negative attacks… read full story

Change, new Hillary mantra?

13 December 2007 |permalink | email article

Hillary Clinton, the candidate of the Democratic establishment, began her campaign stressing experience as the rational for her candidacy. Barack Obama did just the opposite, making the case for change and a new direction for the nation.

Bill Clinton,… read full story

Unmarried women

11 December 2007 |permalink | email article

They comprise one of the most important groups in deciding the outcome of the 2008 elections. In 2004, nearly 20 million unmarried women did not vote and a new survey asks to what degree they will vote next year.

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Rudy explains

10 December 2007 |permalink | email article

Giuliani, a reluctant solo guest on “Meet the Press” since announcing his candidacy, surfaced Sunday to answer tough questions about his judgement, integrity and potential conflicts of interest.

By turns the former New York City mayor was glib, confident,… read full story

Kindergarten politics

10 December 2007 |permalink | email article

My grandson and namesake turns six this week. Joe’s already taught himself chess on the Internet, scored some soccer goals and loves reading NFL game statistics and the National Geographic. The race for the White House isn’t yet on… read full story

Not JFK

07 December 2007 |permalink | email article

Mitt Romney’s speech on faith and religious freedom Thursday was an important step in his effort to assuage evangelical Christians and other religious voters that if elected president he would “serve no one religion, no one group, no one… read full story

McCain hangs in

06 December 2007 |permalink | email article

The question asked is whether John McCain, once considered the frontrunner for the Republican nomination before a fundraising shortfall, is still a viable candidate. The answer is maybe but only if the frontrunners falter.

With no chance in… read full story

Bush’s credibility problem

05 December 2007 |permalink | email article

During Watergate Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee asked two famous questions involving Richard Nixon: What did the president know and when did he know it?”

Those questions now haunt the administration of George W. Bush and radically change the… read full story

Can Hillary Recover?

04 December 2007 |permalink | email article

The shock that Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee are leading less than a month before the Iowa caucuses Jan. 3 is old news. What’s fresh news is a closer analysis of some Des Moines Register poll numbers.

Obama now… read full story

Rove: history, politics and lies

03 December 2007 |permalink | email article

“Bush’s brain” was confronted Sunday on Fox News – the Giuliani network – about his preposterous recent effort to rewrite history by claiming that Congress, not the president, was responsible for the speedy vote on the 2002 Iraq war… read full story

Just in from Iowa

02 December 2007 |permalink | email article

A new Des Moines Register poll of 500 likely caucus goers, the most reliable in the Hawkeye state, is just out with Obama (28%), Clinton (25%) and Edwards (23%).

The share of under 35s saying they’re likely is way… read full story

Oprah effect

02 December 2007 |permalink | email article

The conventional wisdom is that Hollywood endorsements don’t mean much in presidential politics. With the Iowa caucuses just 33 days away such wisdom will be tested anew as Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Streisand and Chuck Norris raise money and stump… read full story

Kindergarten politics

01 December 2007 |permalink | email article

My grandson and namesake turns six this week. He’s already taught himself chess on the Internet, scored some soccer goals and loves reading NFL game statistics. We don’t talk presidential politics.

I raise the kindergarten subject because of the… read full story

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