Iowa, 2007-8


The Shrinking of a Former President

Bill Clinton is a slimeball. Like Bob Reich, I say this with more sadness than anger. He has been race-baiting Obama — continually reframing the election to be about race. Witness his unprompted comparison of Obama’s victory in South Carolina to Jesse Jackson’s. Clinton is good at reframing debates while appearing not to. It’s easy […]

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Iowa, 2007-8, Politics


The Future of the House of Clinton

The Clintons simply didn’t believe it was possible, so they ignored the threat until it was very late. Worse, when finally they saw it, they had few options. They were beaten in Iowa not by a policy difference that they could defend — Clinton and Obama don’t disagree on anything. They were not being badly […]

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Iowa, 2007-8, Politics


Revolution in Iowa

Click here for a narrated photo album of the trip. ————————————————————————————— Where but America can a politician with no obvious advantages apart from being well-organized, energetic, thoughtful, and eloquent go from unknown to political powerhouse in a few short years? A race with more than a dozen candidates is now focused on Barack Obama and […]

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Iowa, 2007-8, Politics


The 2008 Iowa Caucuses

Click here for a narrated photo album of the trip. ————————————————————————————— At Thanksgiving over turkey I realized that the 2008 Iowa caucuses were going to be such an incredible political showdown that I had to go out and see it for myself. Both parties are hosting their most open Presidential primaries in memory — no […]

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Iowa, 2007-8, Politics