Tale from the Trail: NH Primary Day Edition

It was so cold here four years ago, when the temperature here briefly spiked to 9 degrees or so, my colleague and road buddy Nancy Gibbs exclaimed: “It feels like Miami!” Today, it’s what your grandmother would have called “pneumonia weather,” with the temperatures so balmy that I spotted a network technician out in the melting snow …

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The Opposite of Cowboy Diplomacy

Yeah, yeah….I know everyone’s crazed about the New Hampshire primary, but this New York Times piece about tensions between Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and “President” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seems a significant bit of good news. The story, essentially, is that with the US intelligence community’s NIE on the Iranian nuclear program …

The Other Effect of a Hillary Loss in NH

I just got a call from a conservative marketing consultant I know. He is in a panic. “I am in the midst of a major crisis with a lot of people,” he said. “Hillary Clinton is going to die today. Do you know what that means for conservative fundraising all over America?”

I do. Big trouble. For most of the year, Hillary has been the only …

Pondering Hillary

Have some downtime today while my two candidates (McCain and Romney) drink coffee and recharge their batteries (as it were). Sitting with a conservative opinion journalist, talk turned to Hillary. “I can’t believe the glee with which the press corps treating the Hillary implosion,” he said. “You know, I’ve always thought that you …

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Obama’s Other Life

One of the more extraordinary stories of the Obama campaign has been playing out behind the scenes over the past week as the candidate has been working on a daily basis to try to calm things down in his father’s homeland and his grandmother’s home, Kenya, where a contested election has led to riots.

On January 1, two days before the …

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Oh Be Quiet

Bill Clinton on his wife today: “I wish I could make her younger, taller…a man.”

Part II: Bill Clinton at Dartmouth College tonight

“This campaign is playing out exactly as I thought it would.All the pundits, as usual, are wrong. I always [told Hillary] ‘You’ll have a hard time winning the primaries, but if you get nominated, you’ll