My parents are going to a Fiorina, Rubio, Christie, and Santorum event in Iowa tonight. Mom is no shrinking violet and has been to many of these over the years, so she will probably get some face time. They asked me for questions I would like asked, but I am drawing a blank. What would you ask these candidates if you had the chance?More
He still is polling low, but has just acquired endorsements from some significant Iowa benefactors: http://video.foxnews.com/v/4517800495001/chris-christie-makes-big-campaign-push-in-iowa/?#sp=show-clips More
Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack endorsed Hillary Clinton at a small ceremony Wednesday. As he delivered his bland statement, he made an impromptu joke about Clinton’s growing email scandal, calling it “Trumped up charges.” (Get it? “Trump?” You can see why Tom chose a life in politics instead of comedy.)
But Hillary thought the joke was a laugh riot:More
Every candidate looks for an iconic soundbite; a brief video clip that sells voters on his or her appeal. A flash of emotion, a glimpse of character, or a demonstration of sound leadership can define a politician in a way no policy paper does. Being terribly cautious creatures, modern politicians and their layers of handlers avoid spontaneity whenever possible, preferring to manufacture every appearance. However, the excellent candidate capitalizes on the unexpected.
Governor Scott Walker was speaking at the Iowa State Fair Monday when a union activist held up a sign and began to attack his record. I’m confident this wasn’t Walker’s first experience with a labor-backed heckler, but the governor seized the moment.More
Y’all might not have heard this before, but Iowa gets a fair to middlin’ amount of attention from presidential candidates in the run-up to the caucuses. From fairs to farmhouses, governors and senators alike roll up sleeves, scarf down a pork tenderloin, and reinforce the notion that Iowa’s farmers are truly the most important people […]
For more than a month now, Hillary Clinton has ducked questions from the press. Her ‘Scooby’ van was spotted on Iowa highways racing by at speeds of up to 95 miles per hour yesterday and as the Daily Mail reports managed to elude reporters and kept her speaking schedule secret. Members of the press assigned to cover […]
In an excess of enthusiasm for the man after his performance at CPAC, I rashly contributed $100 to Scott Walker. For the following reasons, it does not now appear to me that this money was spent wisely. Ethanol: Going against what I am sure are his core beliefs, Walker has abased himself before the corn […]
So, as a political watcher, I cut my teeth in the ’90s. And in the ’90s, we had a Republican Congress, blocked by a Democratic president. And if we only just elected more Republicans, then we’d get that limited government utopia we were all chasing. Then in 2000, we elected a Republican president, one who […]
The vote in Iowa was a surprise. It went 7 more points in the GOP’s favor than expected. And while there was issues with the polling, this was a special outlier. As Harry Enten of FiveThirtyEight puts it: [Mainstream*] voters in Iowa without a college degree have shifted away from the Democratic Party. And if that shift persists, […]
In 1992, Bill Clinton ran as a “new kind of Democrat,” one who would “end welfare as we know it” and craft a society that would reward those who “work hard and play by the rules.” Clinton knew that he could not win as a traditional liberal, so he crafted the now-famous “Third Way” approach, and campaigned and governed under a Third Way banner.
Of course, the Third Way was reinforced by the disastrous (from the Democrats’ perspective) 1994 Midterm Elections. Clinton accepted a Republican welfare reform bill (after two vetoes), balanced the budget (after much Republican prodding) and expanded free trade. At the same time, he proposed a bevy of micro-reforms that won bipartisan approval, in part because they were cleverly crafted so that Republicans could not vote against them. Through a combination of circumstance, accident, and design, Clinton became the Third Way president he had promised.More