Politics

Will Hillary need a Plan B?

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s backup plan if she falters in Iowa can be summed up in two words: New Hampshire.

Clinton’s Democratic team is preparing television ads here criticizing Barack Obama’s health care plan and working to build what campaigns call a firewall. If the Obama presidential campaign ignites in Iowa, she wants to be ready to cool him off in a state where her organization is strong and her support has proven durable.

Politics for rednecks

From behind an anchor desk ringed with empty Budweiser cans and Jack Daniel’s bottles, the pundits of “Red State Update” dissect election politics from the good ol’ boy point of view.

The Web-based sketches star “Jackie Broyles” and “Dunlap” deriding Democrats’ inability to talk to NASCAR fans or inflating and then deflating home state hero Fred Thompson. (He’s not lazy, the real-life former Tennesseans insist — “he’s just real old.”)

Lot’s of talk, no real answers

Republican presidential candidates failed to provide convincing or clear answers on issues of key importance to Latinos during a Univision-sponsored debate at the University of Miami Dec. 9.

Immigration was its central issue, with instant interpretation provided for the network’s Spanish-speaking audience.

Bill says Hillary ‘was always the one’

Campaigning for his wife, former President Clinton says that when they were starting out he was so struck by her intellect and ability he once suggested she should just dump him and jump into her own political career.

That didn’t happen, of course, and on Monday he gave an Iowa crowd his version of why it didn’t.

Republicans cool campaign rhetoric

Republican presidential candidates are adding a twist to one of the principal tenets of medicine: First, do no harm — to yourself.

That was evident Sunday night during their debate on the Spanish language network Univision. No more unbridled attack lines or bitter rejoinders. If there was a model to follow, it was Mike Huckabee, who during a previous free-for-all debate kept his elbows to himself and now sits atop some public opinion polls.

Can Oprah put Obama in the White House?

At least she didn’t give away expensive gifts to every attendee when the icon of the airways spread her charm in behalf of Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

Another smear from Clinton campaign

A second email claiming Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama is a Muslim “intent on destroying the United States” has emerged from the campaign of rival Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Clinton’s campaign said Saturday they have “requested the resignation” of the Iowa volunteer coordinator but questions remain as to why two emails falsely claiming Obama has Muslim ties have come out of her campaign in Iowa.

Mike Huckabee’s Willie Horton

Republican Presidential contender Mike Huckabee’s role in letting a convicted rapist go free so he could later rape and kill a Missouri woman may derail his fastrack to the nomination.

In what is becoming a “he said, they said, he denied” campaign issue, Huckabee’s defense is that he refused to commute a sentence for Wayne Dumond, the rapist, but claims it was the parole board, not he, who put the man back on the streets.

Several members of the parole board claim otherwise, saying Huckabee, then Governor of Arkansas, pressured them to let Dumond walk.

Huckabee’s parole problem breaks back memories of Willie Horton, the murderer released from jail by then-Massachusetts Governor Mike Dukakis, who killed again. A campaign ad showing Horton’s menacing mug shot led to Dukakis’ loss to George H.W. Bush in 1988.