Politics

Crunch time in Nevada

The fight for top-billing in Saturday’s Nevada Democratic presidential caucus has become much like its model in Iowa: an hour-by-hour test of who has the best organization.

But unlike Iowa, Nevada never really has done this before, and not on the scale an early caucus date requires. No one knows for sure what the best organization should look like in a state with two major population centers and vast stretches of desert in between.

As the top three candidates made their final pitches to voters, their organizations geared up to find out.

Hillary tries to win back black voters

Hillary Rodham Clinton and her campaign tried to mend ties to black voters Thursday when a key supporter apologized to her chief rival, Barack Obama, for comments that hinted at Obama’s drug use as a teenager. The candidate herself, meanwhile, praised the Rev. Martin Luther King and promised to assist with the rebirth of this troubled, largely black city.

GOP’s nightmare: Deadlocked convention

Republicans, after three different winners in three primaries, worry about the possibility of a deadlocked convention.

Perhaps it is appropriate that the party that has become the symbol for gridlock in Washington could find itself gridlocked when it comes to picking their next candidate for President.

Will Rogers used to say “I’m not a member of any organized political party…I’m a Democrat.” Nowadays, the same thing could be said for Republicans.

‘Don’t throw us in that brier patch!’

In an interview with TV host Tyra Banks, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton likened the White House to a prison, raising the question of why she would want a job that requires her to live in it.

Most of us, it is safe to assume, would be delighted to have a job that comes with a free mansion and staff at a prestige address convenient to good shops and fine dining, and would readily say so.

He shoulda been a contender

Here's a movie treatment worth pitching Hollywood.

There's this guy running for president. He was born in the United States to a mixed-ethnic couple and received his early schooling outside the country. Then he was admitted to a U.S. prep school and attended one of our best universities. He found himself in a political world and soon distinguished himself within his party and legislatively before running for president.

For Republicans, a big jumbled mess

The Republican race heads south as a complete jumble.

Scorecard:

Michigan — Mitt Romney.

New Hampshire — John McCain.

Iowa — Mike Huckabee.

Now, after Romney won Michigan on Tuesday, the GOP contest is more up in the air than ever just four days before the South Carolina primary and Nevada caucuses. For more than a year, the field has lacked a clear favorite as polls indicate unhappiness with the bevvy of Republican candidates.

It’s Romney in Michigan

Mitt Romney scored his first major primary victory Tuesday, a desperately needed win in his native Michigan that gave his weakened presidential candidacy new life. It set the stage for a wide-open Republican showdown in South Carolina in just four days.

Three GOP candidates now have won in the first four states to vote in the 2008 primary season, roiling a nomination fight that lacks a clear favorite as the race moves south for the first time.

Clinton, Obama back off in race war

Democratic presidential rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama stepped back from a controversy over race Monday night, agreeing that a prolonged clash over civil rights could harm their party's overall drive to win the White House.

The two leading Democratic contenders shifted course as Republicans pointed toward Tuesday's pivotal primary in Michigan, where Mitt Romney and John McCain both pledged to lead a revival for a state and an auto industry ravaged by recession.

Giving credit where it’s due

It probably was inevitable that sometime during the increasingly acrimonious campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination a line in a speech or an answer to a question would provide an opening for those supporting the first viable black candidate to play the race card. It was as much a certainty as the fact that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's gender is an underlying issue with some voters.

The Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde primaries

Presidential primaries have evolved measurably, with specific components and histories that can be analyzed objectively. In felicitous manner, Dr. Jekyll has provided fact-filled dispassionate discussion of Iowa and New Hampshire separately in various publications.

Public political competition also unleashes primal tribal emotions, intense personal passions and great group drives. Mr. Hyde now seizes control to highlight this dementia, excuse me, dimension.