January 08, 2008

Poetry vs. Prose
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CONCORD, N.H.--Hillary Clinton may have unintentionally written the obituary for the Iowa and New Hampshire phase of her presidential campaign, and perhaps her candidacy, when she told voters on Sunday: "You campaign in poetry, but you govern in prose."Clinton has not heeded her own lesson. She is campaigning in prose and has left the poetry to Barack Obama.

Angry White Man
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Kirchick: Ron Paul's bigoted past.

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The Newsletters: Since at least 1978, Ron Paul has attached his name to a series of newsletters--Ron Paul’s Freedom Report, Ron Paul Political Report, The Ron Paul Survival Report, and The Ron Paul Investment Letter--that frequently made outrageous statements:Race“A Special Issue on Racial Terrorism” analyzes the Los Angeles riots of 1992: “Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks three days after rioting began. ... What if the checks had never arrived?

Most Depressing Press Release Of The Day
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Fellow Duncaneers, we told you of the Hunter campaign's "below the radar" strategy of targeting Wyoming, Nevada, and Michigan. Now see the results! Duncan Hunter just came in a close third place behind Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney in the second national primary in Wyoming! THIS IS HUGE! ... Folks, there have been doubters, but let us put all doubt asunder. If we win or place well in one more early primary, the White House is within our grasp. The only thing sadder: Fred Thompson currently has the same margin in New Hampshire as Duncan Hunter. -- Eve Fairbanks

January 07, 2008

The Death Clock
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These are heady days for anti-death penalty activists. New Jersey has taken the plunge and legislatively repealed capital punishment--becoming the first state in the modern era to do so. Today, the Court will hear arguments over whether the specific drug cocktail used in lethal injections constitutes cruel and unusual punishment by causing too much pain to the condemned. By taking up the issue, the Court has effectively frozen all executions in the nation. And no state other than Texas (a significant exception) executed more than three people last year.

January 05, 2008

More Debate Wrap-up
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Some thoughts: 1.) One way or another, Hillary's "angry moment" is clearly going to be the take-away from this debate. My sense was that she came a tick or two away from really snapping, and that can't be good for getting back into this race. Having said that, I think it's possible that it could play another way: Maybe the average voter sees Edwards rushing to double-team her and thinks it was a little over the top. Maybe it even triggers the same gender dynamic that backfired so famously against Rick Lazio in 2000. Now, both of those things would have been more likely had she kept her cool.

January 04, 2008

What's Your Problem?
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The results of the Iowa caucuses   Peter Beinart is editor-at-large at The New Republic, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and the author of The Good Fight(HarperCollins). Jonah Goldberg is editor-at-large of National Review Online and a contributing editor to National Review. By Peter Beinart & Jonah Goldberg

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MANCHESTER, N.H.--Iowa voters in both parties staged a rebellion against the status quo and against the past.Mike Huckabee's decisive victory over Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucuses marks a revolution in Republican politics. An outspent outsider triumphed over a former governor who played an inside game.

The Story Of Obama's Victory
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A few minutes after Barack Obama’s victory speech last night I ran into the ubiquitous Gordon Fischer, the former Iowa Democratic chairman turned dedicated Obama booster. In the weeks leading up to the caucuses, Fischer had developed a reputation for slightly-excessive optimism. For instance, when I’d seen him at an Obama event four days earlier, the pundits were whispering about an Obama swoon. Fischer pronounced the race “dead even." He’d also predicted a caucus-night turnout of 200,000 people—something most of us deemed preposterous. As it happened, of course, Fischer was too conservative.

Air Spin One
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Hours after Hillary Clinton finished a stunning third in the Iowa caucuses, her press corps flew by charter jet directly to the campaign’s next battleground: Manchester, New Hampshire. For the duration of the two and a half hour flight, the aisles were jammed up as a cadre of Clintonites tirelessly spun a press corps whose members now believe they’re witnessing one of the great political collapses in modern history.