The Sound of One Conversation Clapping

BREAKING!!!! Apparently, Hillary Clinton is not terribly accessible to the press! Howie Kurtz has the details.

National correspondents are increasingly frustrated by a lack of access to Clinton. They spend much of their time in rental cars chasing her from one event to the next, because the campaign usually provides no press bus or van. …

Hillary Clinton: The Other Conversation

This from the always-thoughtful Garance Franke-Ruta:

I sometimes wonder if we haven’t all massively underestimated what a major shift it would be to have a female president — or even female major party nominee — and the sort of backlash that could go along with it.

UPDATE AT A FEW MINUTES BEFORE 3 P.M.: Several commenters alert …

Henry Hyde

Over at Huffpost, Tom Edsall has this interesting take on Henry Hyde’s legacy. Hyde, whose most famous legislation was the amendment banning the use of federal funds for abortion, was indeed a complicated person to peg. Unlike many of his fellow abortion foes, he argued that those who oppose abortion have a special responsibility to …

In the Arena In the Arena

Dialing the Republicans

I attended Frank Luntz’s dial group of 30 undecided–or sort of undecided–Republicans in St. Petersburg, Florida, last night…and it was a fairly astonishing evening.

Now, for the uninitiated: dials are little hand-held machines that enable a focus group member to register instantaneous approval or disapproval as the watch a candidate …

The Importance of Being Second (Choice)

Everyone I’ve spoken with from both the Clinton and the Edwards campaign in the past two weeks readily concedes that Obama has been gaining support in Iowa and is the Democrat with momentum at the moment. “He’s ticking up, there’s no question,” says a senior staffer from a rival campaign. But while Clinton and Edwards aides are willing …

Barack Obama

In the cover story of the dead-tree TIME that hits newsstands tomorrow, I look at the transformation of the candidate and his campaign. The cover package also includes excerpts of Rick Stengel’s interview with him and an essay on Obama and race by Shelby Steele. (I’ll post that link when it goes up.)

Obama insists that he and the …

Liveblogging: The Shoutfest in St. Pete

8:02 PM I suddenly understand Mark Foley.

8:02 PM Wait, I thought we were meeting “great” candidates. Oh, wait, here’s Ron Paul.

8:03 PM FRED THOMPSON LIVES!

8:04 PM And here’s Romney and his entourage of imaginary advisers.

8:04 PM Wait, I thought there was going to be a debate. They’re taking pictures and whatnot. OMG I JUST SAW A …

Romney’s Imaginary Advisers

Romney continues to make the weirdest gaffes. Today** Yesterday, he told the Tampa Tribune that he was of the “the more, the merrier” mind when it comes to Cuban immigration,* at least, and then went further:

Romney said on matters dealing with Cuba, he depends on advice from prominent members of Florida’s Cuban American community, such …

Rudy’s Larcenous Lovenest

Uhm, wow:

As New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani billed obscure city agencies for tens of thousands of dollars in security expenses amassed during the time when he was beginning an extramarital relationship with future wife Judith Nathan in the Hamptons, according to previously undisclosed government records.

Maybe this scandal will stick. …

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