Iowa State Fare

What nutritious political fare lucky Iowans will be served at their great fair. The last elected president and the next elected president will later today be in Iowa.

Big Media is very concerned that somehow that little light of ours, Hillary, won’t shine brightly. We’ve seen her debate on the national stage recently. We’ve seen her for decades bringing light to darkness. Shine on lady, shine on.

The Washington Post is wringing its Big Media hands and donning sunglasses at the prospect of so much wattage:

“The extraordinary sight of the two Clintons on the stump in Iowa is expected to draw a media crush, dominating the holiday week news even as a handful of other presidential contenders campaign around the state.”

Here is what’s going to happen according to the very concerned Washington Post:

“Her husband is expected take a somewhat different approach in the next week. Clinton advisers have scripted a role for the former president that focuses squarely on the candidate, not himself. During a handful of rallies — or, as they are being called, “Ready for Change, Ready to Lead” events — in Iowa, he is, advisers said, planning to walk listeners through his wife’s biography, particularly her work in children’s advocacy as first lady of Arkansas, on behalf of women as first lady, and as a senator for the past 6 1/2 years.”

‘”He’s going to talk about her, and she’s going to talk about the country,” one Clinton official said.”

As is typical with Big Media they cannot resist deluding the country. They call the Clintons a “dynasty”. They need to read our debunking of the dynasty nonsense.

Here is exactly what Bill Clinton will tell those lucky Iowans:


The Great Pretender

Ben Smith at Politico in reviewing a rare non-anonymous memo emanating from Chicago states that “Obama campaign manager David Plouffe lays out the case for, essentially, Obama as frontrunner.” As they say in Bug Tussle, Tennessee “Don’t that beat all?”

Audacity has crossed the line into hubris and delusion.

This souffle from Plouffe concedes Hillary’s popularity with the electorate. According to the memo Hillary “will and should lead just about every national poll from now until the Iowa caucuses.” And in a hilarity inducing finish Plouffe adds “Expect nothing different and attach no significance to it.” This should really encourage Obama supporters.

Politico’s Smith quickly punctures this conveyance of Chicago hot air:

“Then Plouffe cites early polling in the 1980, 1988, 1992, and 2004 cycles that had Carter, Dukakis, Clinton, and Kerry well behind their Democratic primary rivals.”

“The 1980 Carter-Kennedy race seems a bit special here — an unpopular president, and a Kennedy. But the other years were races without either an incumbent or a sitting or former vice president — a “quasi-incumbent.” Plouffe doesn’t cite Mondale in 1984, Clinton in 1996, or Gore in 2000 — incumbents or near-incumbents who dominated their primaries from start to finish. That’s the model Hillary wants to follow, and there’s an argument that this year is more like those, that the candidates are so well-known that the early polling does matter.”

Polling of course is always subject to change because the numbers reflect people and people can and do change. What ultimately matters is the quality of the candidate and the quality of the candidate’s policies and organization. Hillary of course has proven her mettle in the debates and in a lifetime of public service. The electorate rewards her with a consistent and significant lead in the polls. In contrast, the Obama campaign is the gang that couldn’t shoot straight. Typically, the Obama campaign counters the reality of Hillary’s consistently competent campaign with the promise of a future “robust” campaign .

The ludicrous memo from the Obama campaign, while decrying the validity of early polls, are you ready, cites “general election polling” to claim that Obama will be the strongest candidate in November 2008. So, polls 7 months from the primaries are to be ignored (because they show Obama as a loser), but, polls 15 months out are valid (because of the audacity of hope). Does someone review these memos before they are released? Is consistent logic too much to be expected?

Never have so few made so much from so little.

Several weeks ago we had some fun selecting Campaign Songs for opposing candidates. We might have to select an additional song for Obama. After all, anyone who pretends to be doing so well deserves something for his efforts.