Presidential Campaign

Presidential Campaign

And the Winner Is …

Hey, it was better than going to church Sunday morning: watching the GOP debate from Des Moines, Iowa on ABC.

This time, there were only nine candidates on stage. Jim Gilmore dropped out. But there’s no doubt who the big winner was.

Duncan Hunter, Tommy Thompson, Tom Tancredo and Mike Huckabee should have just stayed home. John McCain looked and sounded like he never got out of bed: no life, no energy. And, after he proclaimed himself the most pro-life of all the candidates, Sam Brownback had nothing to say.
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The Good and the Bad for Obama

Like his candidacy, itself a Rorschach test for anything Democrats want or fear from Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.), the six-month mark of his campaign has brought the candidate a mixed bag of reviews — some to want more of and much to fear.

Clearly Obama tried to bounce back from the debate squabble with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-Ill.) over engaging with leaders of rogue nations by insisting the United States must strike at al Qaeda in Pakistan if its leadership won't, but after trying to get to the right of President Bush he let it slip that he wouldn't use nuclear weapons there. Looking weak on national security? Not good for Obama.
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Preseason Games

First, let's declare the obvious winner in Sunday's Iowa debate. That was Barack Obama, without a doubt. Each Republican's put-down, of course, elevated him with Democrats. But what about the GOP candidates?

Sam Brownback definitely scored some points. When we talk about the GOP base, we always include the anti-abortion movement. So with the very first question, Brownback was given the chance to show off his long-standing "pro-life" commitment, and he took full advantage, leaving Mitt Romney, a more recent convert, to sputter about "people that are holier than thou ..."
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Two Questions for Hillary

While getting hammered over the issue of special-interest campaign contributions at the bloggers debate, Hillary defended herself by saying, "I don't think anyone would believe that I would be influenced by a lobbyist." Doubtless her polling showed that line to be in accord with her public image. 
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Ask A.B.

A.B. Stoddard answers your questions for the week of Aug. 3. This week, she digs up a few relatively unknown facts about Rep. Ron Paul's (R-Texas) voting record and dispels myths about Mitt Romney's Mormonism.

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What Is He Waiting For?

It was way back in early March that former Sen. Fred Thompson (Tenn.) declared his interest in running for the GOP presidential nomination. First we heard about a May announcement, then June, then “around” July 4. A Tennessee congressman then predicted “late July.” We’re now into a mid-September announcement, which would give the campaign a little over four months to deploy and compete in a whirlwind series of primaries culminating in “Super Duper Tuesday” on Feb. 5, 2008. The question for the candidate is: What are the urgent tasks that he needs to move on immediately if he is going to fulfill the high expectations that many have for him? Here are some that come to mind. 
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Political Sex

For the longest time I thought that misogynists were people who gave rubdowns. But now that I've got me an education, I know what they really are and where to find them: stomping around the world of politics.

Why else, in this day and age, would it be acceptable to refer to Jeri Thompson as Fred's "trophy wife"? I mean, is Bill Clinton often called Hillary's trophy HUSBAND? I don't think so. 
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Scream, Part II

UPDATE: It appears the full force of the Democratic National Committee came down on North Carolina Democrats in the eleventh hour, just as a legislative measure to divvy up the state’s electoral college was about to be sent to the governor for signature.  
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Could California Tip to the GOP?

Could California tip the 2008 presidential election to the Republican nominee? Democratic strategist Chris Lehane says it’s “virtually guaranteed” if a proposed California ballot initiative wins a simple majority vote in a June election next year.
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Obama vs. Clinton: Much Ado About Not Much

I am a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton for President, as readers of this blog know. But I am also impressed with Senator Obama and the theme of his campaign — that of a new politics of candor and hope.

So I found Senator Obama’s performance after the YouTube debate — note I said after, not during — puzzling, even disturbing. My final take: He didn’t mean it. At least, I hope not. 
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