Friday, January 04, 2008

Campaign tidbits

A few items worth noting from this morning's political coverage.

The Colin Powell You Break It, You Bought It Trophy, to the Miami Herald:
Iowa voters broke the presidential race wide open Thursday.
Good thing the Herald didn't read the AP, which last week declared this "the most wide-open presidential race in half a century," before breaking.

The Henry Ford Memorial History Is Bunk Prize, to the Detroit Freep:
Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee scored decisive if improbable victories in Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses Thursday.
And a good thing the Freep doesn't read its own Tuesday edition, which led with this probabilistic prediction from the Register poll: "Obama leaps ahead and Huckabee holds lead."

The Ransom E. Olds Innovation of the Week, to McClatchy DC:
This is not your father's New Hampshire, as presidential candidates of both parties are about to learn Tuesday, when the state holds the first primary of the 2008 campaign.

The Bullwinkle J. Moose Chili-Beanie Crystal Ball
The judges are still pondering several outstanding contenders:
Now it's up to a handful of other states with early and influential contests this month -- including Florida, on Jan. 29 -- to uphold Iowa's verdict or cast it aside. (Miami Herald)
Now comes the hard part for Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee. (Boston Globe)

They say it's your birthday:
Only a couple of months ago, most everyone viewed Huckabee, 51, as an amiable longshot. (St. Pete Times)
Huckabee, 52, pledged to "bring this country back together." (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
Obama, 46, told a raucous victory rally his triumph showed that in "big cities and small towns, you came together to say, 'We are one nation, we are one people and our time for change has come.'" (AP)
(What's Obama doing here? Well, he's "the first leader of a new generation," to hear Charlotte tell it.)

Annoying attention to detail (Columbus Dispatch):
Portraying himself as a transcendent agent of change in the mold of the late Robert F. Kennedy, Obama apparently brought thousands of young people, many first-time caucusgoers, into the Iowa political process.

More as they develop. Now back to work.


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