Isaac Chotiner

Should Obama Be Looking For Delegates Or Votes?
April 21, 2008

Over at The Stump, Noam has a post on the two campaigns' closing day strategies in Pennsylvania. Jumping off today's excellent NYT article on the subject, Noam adds: So far as I can tell, Obama is spending most of the day in the western part of the state. At first glance, you might wonder why he'd waste his time there, given that he's likely to lose many of those counties by at least 20 points. But, as the article suggests, that's exactly the point. Hillary would have to win the local congressional districts by better than a 60-40 margin (I think) to really pile up delegates.

Mccain Subtly Reminds Voters That He Was A Pow
April 20, 2008

John McCain's interview this morning on ABC's This Week was an all-around joke. Much of the show consisted of McCain getting angry or peeved, presumably because the questions he was forced to "answer" revealed his lack of even the barest domestic policy expertise. This exchange, however, was particularly egregious: STEPHANOPOULOS: What’s wrong with government — what’s wrong with government-run health care? MCCAIN: And we continue to have these debates — what’s wrong with it? Go to Canada. Go to England and you can find out what’s wrong with it. Governments don’t make the right decisions.

Would Lieberman Endorse Romney?
April 18, 2008

In Round III of his dispute with Jon Chait, Jamie writes: Lieberman won re-election in 2006 with a 10% margin. The Daily Kos-commissioned poll cuts that margin in half. So while the difference between Lieberman's 50%-40% share of the electorate and the poll's 48%-43% sample may fall within the statistical margin of error, the poll is nonetheless weighted in favor of Lamont.  Not quite. To add to what Jon said earlier, you would expect Connecticut voters disappointed with Lieberman to say that they voted for Lamont. This always happens with unpopular incumbents.

Congrats, Abc
April 16, 2008

We are now 45 minutes into the debate and there has not been a single question on the issues. Jon's post below is exactly right. Ugh. --Isaac Chotiner 

Higher Ground
April 16, 2008

Obama is doing a better job than Clinton of taking "inside baseball" questions and pivoting to the faltering economy. He even got, finally, some scattered applause. But, again, he looks exhausted.  --Isaac Chotiner 

Wright Again
April 16, 2008

Surely this extended rehash of the Wright affair is not exactly what the Obama campaign had in mind. And the candidate himself seems halting in his speech and anemic in his energy level when answering the moderators' questions on the subject. So, bad for him, right? On the other hand, Obama keeps mentioning that he has answered many of these questions before, and he surely has. And the Democratic electorate this year has shown a tremendous, um, capacity to forgive the candidates. So the whole exchange may strike voters as being unfair. In short, who knows? --Isaac Chotiner 

Getting Formal
April 16, 2008

It's all "Senator Clinton" and "Senator Obama" from the two candidates tonight. The days of "Hillary" and "Barack" are long gone. --Isaac Chotiner 

Obama Stumbles Again
April 16, 2008

Obama is asked a "bittergate" question ten minutes into the debate. He starts out well by pivoting to the economy, and then perplexingly goes back to religion and guns. He also says "frusturated" for the third time. "Frusturated" is the kindler, gentler "bitter," evidently. --Isaac Chotiner 

21!
April 16, 2008

ABC starts off by reminding viewers that we've already had 20 debates! Who is psyched for #21? Update: A commercial already? Is ABC trying to drive down viewership?  --Isaac Chotiner 

Those Damn Elites
April 16, 2008

Barack Obama is now in more trouble for making the following elitist comment: "That’s where your good morals and good judgment come from, growing up in big cities.”  Oops, that wasn't Barack Obama; it was Becki Farmer, who, according to The New York Times, "lives in Rochester, Pa., another Ohio River town hit hard by the closed steel mills." What Farmer actually said was this: “It seems he’s kind of ripping on small towns, and I’m a small town girl.

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