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Five Reasons Bachmann Had Better Savor Straw Poll Win

13 August 2011 | 7:29 pm  in Uncategorized by John Hedgecoth

A couple politicians I have worked with call the summer before an election year the "silly season," meaning the focus is all about fringe issues and groups, and there's little meaningful back and forth among candidates.  It's mostly bio pieces and staged events.  So it ...

GOP’s “Woodstock” Will Heat Up Bachmann Spotlight

12 August 2011 | 8:39 am  in Uncategorized by John Hedgecoth

I’ve always thought there was a weird cultural incongruence in the way the two Iowa parties showcase their presidential candidates.  Democrats use the very dignified Jefferson-Jackson dinner, which features great stage lighting, video and interminable podium speeches in succession.  People who are usually comfortable in ...

Post-Debate, Pre-Straw-Poll Take from the Cheap Seats

11 August 2011 | 10:00 pm  in Community, John Hedgecoth by John Hedgecoth

The ‘Minnesota Mean’ debate featuring a pit-bull Iowa frontrunner in Michelle Bachmann getting comfortable taking sparring practice with hanging-on-for-dear-life former Governor Tim Pawlenty was better for entertainment value than the prior New Hampshire debate, but didn’t change the fortunes of any of the candidates on ...

GOP’s “Blue” Governors are a Serious ’12 Drag

30 June 2011 | 12:43 pm  in John Hedgecoth by John Hedgecoth

Presidential elections are all about electoral math. Republicans know they need to peel off states the President carried in ’08 to have any hope at all in ’12. Getting to 270 electoral votes will require the GOP nominee to “flip” at least 4-5 big states ...

Obama leads on Afghanistan, all except Bachmann are on board

23 June 2011 | 1:56 pm  in John Hedgecoth by John Hedgecoth

Much of the reporting about the President’s Afghanistan address to the nation Wednesday night has focused on his stubbornly centrist position – he’s moving too fast for the federal bureaucracy at the Pentagon, but too slow for anti-war liberals in Congress. Thus, the President faces ...

GOP’s Churning, Yearning for Another Candidate

20 June 2011 | 1:41 pm  in John Hedgecoth by John Hedgecoth

Just when the GOP ’12 field started to feel like it might be gelling at last week’s New Hampshire debate, we were treated to a weekend of speculation about Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), who is checking things out in Iowa, Sen. John Thune (R-SD) who ...

Bachmann’s Right Stuff; Community Organizing is Back

14 June 2011 | 11:59 pm  in John Hedgecoth by John Hedgecoth

The Gazette’s offered a very solid forum here for discussion of the Iowa Caucuses and the 2012 election generally, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to comment periodically from the perspective of Iowa Democrats. In one sense we’re missing out on all the fun ...