Des Moines

Dean 2.0
January 30, 2008

One of Barack Obama's last events before the New Hampshire primary took place in the town of Rochester, where hundreds of people had gathered in an old theater to hear him speak. Obama was two minutes into his remarks when a chant suddenly erupted from the rear. "Abortion is Obama-nation! Abortion is Obama-nation!" the protestors yelled. The people of Rochester promptly jeered. It was, in other words, a perfect chance for Obama to showcase his powers of conciliation. "You've made your point. ...

What Her Victory Looked Like
January 09, 2008

MANCHESTER, NH-- For the reporters covering her campaign, the first clear sign that Hillary Clinton would win the New Hampshire primary came in the form of a beaming Terry McAuliffe. At roughly 10:30 Tuesday night, the former Democratic Party chairman and longtime Friend Of The Clintons appeared in the filing center where reporters had just hours earlier been prepared to type out Hillary's obituary to proclaim victory.

Game On
January 03, 2008

 Update: I'm told organizers here were expecting about 100 people. They just counted 161. Caucusing has begun.  Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Des Moines--a.k.a. Des Moines precinct 28. Caucusing starts in 10 minutes. Turnout here is big--people are having trouble finding parking. --Michael Crowley

The Swing Appeal Of Obama And Hillary, Continued
January 02, 2008

My friend Jon Cohn has asked me to respond to his posting about the Des Moines Register poll, and I will try to oblige. What Jon discovers in Clinton and Obama's totals have shown up in other polls as well: Obama does well among independents and less well among voters without a college degree; Clinton does poorly among independents, but better among voters without a college degree. What this shows is that both candidates have glaring weaknesses that an effective Republican campaign could exploit in the fall. Obama is going to have a lot of trouble with the white working class.

Hello From The Place Where Joe Trippi ...
December 29, 2007

WHAT CHEER, IOWA - DES MOINES, IOWA  I'll be joining Mike and Noam in Iowa up through the caucuses; more on immigration, Huckabee, and Ron Paul to come. In the meantime, some atmospherics: In case you didn't know, and I have already been told three or four times since touching down in Cedar Rapids at 2 p.m., Iowans are the nicest, friendliest Americans.

Photo Of The Day
December 19, 2007

John Edwards HQ in Des Moines.  --Michael Crowley

Photo Of The Day
December 16, 2007

Clinton headquarters on East 2nd St. in Des Moines  --Michael Crowley

The All-important Register Endorsement
December 12, 2007

Who will the Des Moines Register endorse? Four years ago, when it slapped its seal of approval on John Edwards, he impressively surged. The paper's imprimatur lent him heft and helped ease concerns that Edwards might not have the stuff to be president. (TNR's last endorsement didn't work out quite so well.) Earlier this week, I heard a rumor that the paper was leaning towards endorsing Biden--a noble gesture that would do nothing to tip the outcome of the caucus. Well, almost nothing.

The Usual Suspect
October 08, 2007

The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy By John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 484 pp., $26) In October 2002, Osama bin Laden issued a statement in which he analyzed America's inexhaustible number of sins and prescribed ways of repenting for many of them. The statement was, by the standards of bin Laden's cave encyclicals, unusually coherent.

Earnest Goes to Washington
September 10, 2007

Chuck Grassley's suspicion of institutional power.

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