Presidential Campaign

Presidential Campaign

'Half-Empty' Facts

Memo to John Harwood, The Wall Street Journal

Re: Your Nov. 9, 2007, piece, "Poll Suggests Clinton Is Vulnerable; She Loses Points on Honesty, Ideology; Virtual Tie With Giuliani"

Is it fair to emphasize just 'half-empty' facts and downplay or omit positive facts in poll on Hillary Clinton?

My understanding is that the headline and the perspective of the Nov. 7 Wall Street Journal article on the latest WSJ/NBC poll was driven by the pollsters interpreting the results that Rudy Giuliani is currently in a "virtual dead heat" with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.).

Rudy Snags Top Evangelical

Politics makes strange bedfellows.

No truer words were ever spoken. And no stranger bedfellows did politics ever make than Rudy Giuliani and Pat Robertson.

Go figure. Rudy’s pro-choice, Robertson’s virulently pro-life. Rudy’s thrice-married and a serial philanderer, Robertson’s Mr. Straight Arrow. Rudy bunked with a gay couple and promised to officiate at their marriage, Robertson prayed that God would strike gays with lightning.

You Reckon Hillary Did Herself a Serious Disservice in Philly.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) was widely thought to have damaged her presidential chances (while remaining the front runner) with her awkward performance in the Democratic debate in Philly. In our latest Quick Poll!, we asked for your assessment of that damage. You thought it was pretty bad. Here are the results:

Halloween scary: 45%
Minor dent : 36%
Not a scratch : 19%

More Miss Joneses, Maybe

You reach a certain age when you realize that people do what they want to do and don't do what they don't want to do. Sure, we all have responsibilities, but beyond them we have free will, and when it comes to so many things — romance, career, exercise, intellectual stimulation, working for a cause or running for president — there are choices and we are free to make them.

This week began with reports that Big Fred was stepping it up, making more trips and more appearances — more work! But that step-it-up appearance on "Meet The Press" Sunday is not turning out to be what he planned.

The 'Splintering' Social Right

The decision of several leading “religious” or “social” conservative leaders to endorse different GOP presidential hopefuls — for different reasons — is interesting, but shouldn’t be taken as a sign that they won’t be united once the struggle for the nomination is over.

Most social conservatives who make up a significant wing of what we right-wingers like to call the “movement” (and Hillary likes to refer to as the “vast right-wing conspiracy”) are trying, like the rest of us, to select from a less-than-perfect group of candidates the most viable contender, the one we believe most likely to advance our shared political agenda if ever elected president.

John McCain is Hitting Stride at Right Time

Evidence continues to accumulate that Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) is making progress in his comeback effort to secure the Republican presidential nomination. McCain and dark horse Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are on the upswing, while the support levels for other candidates are either flat or actually declining.

Consider these recent developments:

Eight More Years of This?

There’s a reason that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (D-N.Y.) poll numbers have swiftly dropped following her performance at the Drexel University debate in Philadelphia last week. Everyone has a bad night here and there, and Clinton has run a relatively incident-free campaign thus far.

No, the drop in the polls (down to a 10-point lead over Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in New Hampshire and down nearly 10 points nationally, according to the latest Rasmussen Poll) is due to the Clintons being the Clintons. I can’t help but suspect the American people are now asking themselves: Do we want four or eight more years of this?

Ask A.B.: Colbert, Hillary & Ron Paul

The Hill's Associate Editor A.B. Stoddard takes your questions on Stephen Colbert and Hillary Clinton and asks you how will Ron Paul's surge of cash change the race for the Republican nomination.


Reply to Lanny

My good friend Lanny Davis is apparently willing to defend Mrs. Clinton anywhere and under any circumstances in much the way, in an earlier incarnation, he focused his not inconsiderable rhetorical talents on defending whatever her husband chose to do in and out of the Oval Office.

Today he’s upset with the other Democratic contenders for their “personal” attacks on Hillary in the last Democratic debate. Such attacks are unfair to her and to the process because people ought to be able to disagree on issues without implying, inferring or charging that those with whom they disagree are lying. Nothing wrong with that position, unless the person on whom the charges, inferences and implications are focused is, well, lying.