Posts Tagged ‘2008 presidential campaign’


Helen Schnoes ’11 Researches Books by Presidential Hopefuls

If you’ve stepped inside a bookstore lately, you’ve probably noticed the telltale signs of an emerging trend that Knox College student Helen Schnoes researched for her College Honors project: the explosion of books written by potential presidential candidates. Schnoes worked part-time for years at Magers & Quinn Booksellers in her hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and […]

Originally posted: August 3, 2011

Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe to Speak at DePauw

Greencastle, Ind. — On the night of his historic election on November 4, 2008, Barack Obama called his campaign manager, David Plouffe, “the unsung hero of this campaign, who built the… best political campaign, I think, in the history of the United States of America.” On February 2 — thirteen days after the inauguration of […]

Originally posted: January 10, 2009

Lobbyist Ties Hurt McCain

Greencastle, Ind. – They are trying to thin out the lobbyist caucus at the McCain for President headquarters. For his entire career, John McCain has styled himself as a maverick, determined to do business differently, an opponent of special interests and the lobbying culture of Washington. Now, however, with the nomination secured, McCain has created […]

Originally posted: May 23, 2008

Obama-Clinton is No Match Made in Heaven

Commentators on cable news shows all agree on one thing: Based on pure mathematics, there are not enough delegates left in the remaining primaries for Hillary Clinton to overtake Barack Obama. Look at the math. It’s over. So why does she stay in? Because it’s not math, it’s poker. It’s strategy. It’s luck. It’s bluff. […]

Originally posted: May 16, 2008

Putting Past Behind Us With Vote for Obama

Greencastle, Ind. – Today, 80 percent of Americans think our country is on the wrong track. With a cratering economy, an endless war in Iraq and an uncomprehending president, that is understandable. Rarely has there been a moment when clarity of choice and opportunity for change has been so clear. On Tuesday, Indiana voters have […]

Originally posted: May 2, 2008

Hillary’s Health Problem

HAWARDEN, Iowa, September 7, 2007 — Iowa was a refuge for presidential candidates over Labor Day weekend, and just down the Missouri River from my hometown, there were three, plus one extra. Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Bill Richardson addressed the Northwest Iowa Labor Council picnic in Sioux City, and since Hillary brought Bill along, […]

Originally posted: September 7, 2007

Sons Serve in Mitt Mobile

Greencastle, Ind. – In the run-up to the almost meaningless Republican straw poll in Ames, there was one of those clarifying moments that make all the campaign time spent in Iowa worthwhile. Mitt Romney, who was expected to buy enough votes to win that contest, and eventually did, was taking questions at one of his […]

Originally posted: August 17, 2007

Tennessee Yawns Over Thompson

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — With clockwork regularity, the duck master marches his team of mallards over the red carpet and into the marble fountain in the lobby of the stately Peabody Hotel. Dutifully, the ducks swim around for several hours, then are ceremonially withdrawn up to their luxurious penthouse on the hotel’s roof. I mention the […]

Originally posted: August 3, 2007

A Disaster Looms for Democracy

Greencastle, Ind. – Egad! Florida again! In the belief that Florida suffers from insufficient influence on the selection of presidents, the legislature and governor have moved its 2008 primary to January 29, ahead of all but four smallish states. Their idea is that with a 17-state mega-primary coming up just one week later, the Florida […]

Originally posted: June 15, 2007

Ghosts of Hillary Past

Greencastle, Ind. – When asked if there was anything he’d like to say to his millions of patrons worldwide, the international hotel magnate Conrad Hilton advised, “Please put the curtain inside the tub.” Commenting recently to a Des Moines audience about how to handle negative campaigns, Hillary Clinton was less droll. “When you’re attacked, you […]

Originally posted: March 9, 2007

They Won’t Get a Chance to Know Us

There is a common quadrennial lament about presidential politics: It starts way too early and lasts way too long. This time around, that’s only half right. Let me explain. With the nomination wide open in both parties, there are 17 candidates already announced or about to do so. But is this really any earlier than […]

Originally posted: March 2, 2007

Who Will Get Blacks’ Vote?

“Can he get any white votes?” That’s the usual question asked when a black American files for a major public office like governor, senator or president. In the case of Barack Obama, a Washington Post/ABC News poll has turned that question on its head. The poll shows Hillary Clinton beating Obama among African-American voters by […]

Originally posted: February 16, 2007

Democrats Deserve to Inherit It

Standing at the podium of the Democratic National Committee, at the first cattle show for the 2008 primaries, Sen. Hillary Clinton teed off: “If I had been president in October of 2002, I would not have started this war. If we in Congress don’t end this war before January of 2009, as president, I will!” […]

Originally posted: February 9, 2007

Let’s See How Voters Judge Candidates’ Past Lives

The emerging cast in the Republican presidential field is going to give America another opportunity to calibrate the importance of issues involving sex in the lives of public officials and public policy. In the past, this has been mostly a problem for Democratic candidates, but the current GOP hopefuls offer the suggestion that they, too, […]

Originally posted: January 6, 2007

Young Democrat’s Star Skyrockets

Barack Obama, the rookie U.S. senator from Illinois, is looking out at America from the cover of this week’s Time magazine. It must be said that this is not so much for what he has done, but for what he might do. Obama ranks 99th in Senate seniority and has been there for less than […]

Originally posted: October 20, 2006