Ames

The Corn Ultimatum
July 28, 2011

On August 13, the Iowa State campus in Ames will become the center of the political universe, as thousands of Republicans participate in what is frequently ballyhooed as the season’s most important campaign event. The GOP activists will wolf down free barbecue, enjoy musical acts, watch their children be diverted by clowns, cheer political speeches, and cast ballots in a mock election designed to preview next February’s Iowa caucuses. We are, of course, talking about the Iowa Straw Poll.

The Corn Ultimatum
July 28, 2011

On August 13, the Iowa State campus in Ames will become the center of the political universe, as thousands of Republicans participate in what is frequently ballyhooed as the season’s most important campaign event. The GOP activists will wolf down free barbecue, enjoy musical acts, watch their children be diverted by clowns, cheer political speeches, and cast ballots in a mock election designed to preview next February’s Iowa caucuses. We are, of course, talking about the Iowa Straw Poll.

Tim Pawlenty: Why It’s Way Too Soon to Count Him Out
June 24, 2011

As the 2012 Republican presidential field began to take shape earlier this year, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty looked like the perfect on-paper candidate: a former blue-state, blue-collar governor from the Midwest who was cozy with both social conservatives and Tea Party folk, and who didn’t have Mitt Romney’s problem of heretical past positions.

Will Cell Phones Kill You?
April 09, 2008

The Secret History of the War on Cancer by Devra Davis (Basic Books, 505 pp., $27.95) I. In 1775, Percivall Pott, a surgeon at St. Bartholemew's Hospital in London who gave his name to several diseases and conditions, published Chirurgical Observations. Although he had treated such distinguished personages as Samuel Johnson and Thomas Gainsborough, his treatise focused on the lowliest of the low. In so doing, he became the first to hypothesize what is now a widespread notion: that cancer can be caused by environmental exposure.

Open Caucus Thread
January 03, 2008

The time for a low-percentage of Iowans to stand in the corners of public spaces and exercise their right to have too much influence over who the next most powerful person in the world will be is finally upon us. And so we turn to you. We want your predictions. We want your rants about the process. We want your take on the television coverage--is Anderson Cooper wearing his empathy face? Is Tim Russert asking gotcha questions to homemakers from Ames? Is C-SPAN's coverage as riveting as you'd expect? And are the patriots at Fox News visibly mourning the absence of their pal Rudy?

How The Media Controls Politics (especially The Huckabee Campaign)
October 24, 2007

I'm hardly one for media conspiracies.

Straw Man
August 27, 2007

Noam Scheiber on Mitt Romney’s flimsy 2008 campaign.

That Giant Sucking Sound You Hear Is The Ames Economy
June 06, 2007

Hot on the heels of Rudy Giuliani bailing on this August's Ames Straw Poll, John McCain's campaign has just announced that it's skipping it, too. From an email from campaign manager Terry Nelson: "In light of today's news, it is clear that the Ames Straw Poll will not be a meaningful test of the leading candidates' organizational abilities, so we have decided to forego our participation in the event." Well, at least now it looks like Romney's got this one in the bag. P.S. I hope this item didn't run afoul of Chris's dictum. --Jason Zengerle

Homegrown Terror
November 20, 2006

Redemptions: The Last Battle of the Civil War By Nicholas Lemann (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 257 pp., $24)   Colfax, Louisiana was scarcely a town in 1873. It was more a collection of buildings on a plantation owned by William Calhoun. As much as any site in the former Confederate South, however, Colfax came to embody the complex political dynamics of Reconstruction, and the troubling relation of terror and democracy in the history of the United States. Lying in the heart of the state's lush Red River Valley, Colfax was the newly designated seat of the newly created Grant Parish, carved out

Mo’ Better
February 02, 2004

Ryan Lizza's 2004 campaign journal.

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