January 02, 2008
Iowa Ads, Reviewed
If you’re like most citizens, then personal impressions mean more to you when deciding whom to vote for than, say, a good campaign platform. So, short of having the presidential candidates over for dinner, you just might glean an ounce or two of insight from the latest crop of TV ad campaigns.
Bloomberg Versus The Bonapartists
I've met Michael Bloomberg exactly three times so I don't really know him and he doesn't know me. But I have many friends who are his friends, truly are, and they are right now bristling with rumor and impression that the New York mayor might actually become a candidate for president. He would be the richest person ever to have run for the office, with Ross Perot not even coming close. Unlike Perot, Bloomberg is no crackpot but a sane and meticulous strategist, first for his company, latterly for the city of New York. If he is now really thinking of the American presidency, you can be sure
From Mike's eulogy to the Fred Thompson campaign, to David Browne on Joni Mitchell's unlikely holiday classic, to Josh Kurlantzick's take on Pakistan's future, it was a busy holiday week at TNR.com. Check out the whole roundup here. --The Editors
January 01, 2008
We, the Oftentimes Wrong
Madrid, Spain -- There’s one danger inherent in the democratic system, a danger that, in recent times, keeps surfacing. It is its tendency to spread into all other areas, even those that are not strictly political. Few people would deny that, however imperfect, democracy is still the fairest, most acceptable and most reasonable system of government.
Iowan Of The Day
Meet Jo Zunkel, a resident of rural Ogden who showed up to see Hillary Clinton at Iowa State University in Ames this morning. Jo is an archetypal Hillary supporter--a woman in her sixties who backs Clinton without reservations and loves the idea of a strong and brave woman in the White House. "She's very intelligent. We need somebody with brains," Zunkel told me, adding that she is totally commited to caucusing Thursday night.
December 31, 2007
The Populist Surge
Perry, Iowa -- In the state that will kick off the presidential election this week, it's not a good time to be part of the moneyed elite--even in the Republican Party.The crowd at a community center here last weekend was neatly but not flashily dressed, friendly and unaccustomed to hearing a Republican with a message like Mike Huckabee's.
Spend enough time on the road with Mike Huckabee these days and you're likely to hear the story of the Razorbacks stadium blanket. The now-notorious blanket came into being during Huckabee's 2002 reelection campaign, when it was quilted by an enthusiastic supporter and passed to a Huckabee aide, who later presented it to the governor. Huckabee's staff reported the gift in an ethics filing the following January. But its estimated $50 value struck a local journalist as suspiciously low. The journalist called the quilter, the quilter priced her handiwork at $200, and suddenly a scandal was born.
The Bogarting Candidate
You have to hand it to Bill Shaheen. Hillary Clinton’s former New Hampshire campaign co-chair may have demonstrated a blunderously poor understanding of the national Democratic electorate, but the remarks that led to his resignation earlier this month showed off a decent awareness of the everyday logistics of drug use. Shaheen, of course, stepped down after suggesting that Obama’s candor about his youthful drug use would open him up to other questions in the general election: “It’ll be, ‘When was the last time? Did you ever give drugs to anyone?