December 2, 2007

KIND OF EARLY IN THE SEASON FOR REPEATS:

Clinton tacks right at left-leaning forums (Ben Smith, Dec 2, 2007, Politico)

The Democratic candidates for president were pressed from the left in two events in Iowa Saturday and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton emerged slightly, but noticeably, as the most conservative in the field.

On issues ranging from drug crimes to immigration to relations with Cuba, Clinton took heat from liberal audiences for refusing — on emotionally charged issues — to tell them what they wanted to hear.

Her stances could be read as a mark that she, like her husband, is the centrist of the race; or as an attempt to protect herself from Republican attacks in a general election.


Running for the presidency rather than the nomination seems to make theoretical sense and is always tempting to the frontrunner, but in practice is disastrous. Recall that W tried the same thing in 2000 with the result that he lost NH and had to jag back to the Right in SC, alienating independents and Catholics and costing himself the election.


MORE:
Iowa Poll places Obama, Huckabee as front-runners: Survey shows a dramatic shift in opinion, with many still wavering (RICK PEARSON and JOHN MCCORMICK, 12/02/07, Chicago Tribune)

The Des Moines Register's Iowa Poll, one of the most respected measures of the nation's first caucus state, showed Obama, the Illinois Democrat, with the backing of 28 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers, compared with 25 percent for Clinton, 23 percent for John Edwards and 9 percent for Bill Richardson.

On the Republican side, Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, had support from 29 percent of likely GOP caucus-goers with 24 percent for Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who has poured millions of dollars into the Iowa campaign. Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was third with 13 percent while former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson was fourth with 9 percent, the survey showed.


Front-runners aren't safe in Iowa: As first caucus nears, GOP contest 'far too close to call,' and Democrats are still in a 3-way race (SCOTT SHEPARD, 12/02/07, Cox News Service)
It was just a flat tire on her airplane, but it reflected the difficulties Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is having closing the sale with just a month to go before Iowa kicks off the presidential voting of 2008.

On the Republican side, it is equally turbulent in the Hawkeye State, a fabled killing field for presidential dreams: wisecracking, easy-going dark horse Mike Huckabee has overtaken former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in at least one public opinion poll in the state.

"The race is far too close to call at this point," the Rasmussen polling firm said in an analysis of its latest survey showing Huckabee leading the GOP field with 28 percent to 25 percent for second-place Romney. "However, the fact that Romney is no longer the clear front-runner in Iowa reflects a stunning change in the race."

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 2, 2007 9:10 AM
Comments

FYI-- W won the 2000 election.

Posted by: marc at December 2, 2007 2:32 PM

Lost the election--won the Court case.

Posted by: oj at December 2, 2007 4:31 PM

He lost the popular vote, which isn't nothing. But the only election that counts is in the Electoral College and he would have won that one even if no one had gone to court.

Posted by: Ibid at December 2, 2007 5:09 PM
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