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Missing the Marx

In Connecting the Dots on Friday, 7 March 2008 at 14:55

With the Republican nomination wrapped up and Democrats pitting two highly popular, historically significant candidates against one another, the Beltway press is desperate for a provocative story to tell. In the wake of SNL’s much-discussed roast of the Democratic debate, the press gamely returned to their old standby: conflict. Hence Linda Hershman, for whom the whole race boils down to class struggle. Then again, it could very well be a question of race. Or gender. Maureen Dowd splits the difference, saying it’s about both race and gender, making it the “ultimate nightmare of liberal identity politics.” The Nation’s Katha Pollitt begs to differ, however, claiming that the real nightmare scenario facing the Democrats wears sensible shoes — and answers to the name Nader.

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Super Tuesday! Again!

In Connecting the Dots on Tuesday, 4 March 2008 at 13:05

Today’s primaries in Texas and Ohio might — emphasis on “might” — determine the Democratic nominee. The chattering classes are saying that the economic situation in Ohio (which isn’t the greatest right now) could end up deciding the race in the Buckeye State. Steve Kroft from 60 Minutes, no doubt enduring multiple layovers, heads to the small town of Chillicothe to get the locals’ take on the election, while BusinessWeek looks at how the grim economic news could help the Dems (though it’s not clear which one). Buckeye Gail Collins posits that her home state might find Obama a bit “show-offy,” while her colleague David Brooks observes that Obama’s campaign themes are ringing true with the kids, what with their YouTubes and Facebooks and open-source software. Seemingly flying about it all is Michelle Obama, who is getting a lot of love these days — especially at The New Yorker, judging from its unreservedly positive profile.

That’s Super!

In Connecting the Dots on Monday, 25 February 2008 at 12:23

With a lull in Democratic primaries before the upcoming contests in Ohio and Texas, pundits and political writers have focused upon the role of superdelegates in this tight race. Raising the specter of a nominee chosen by superdelegates — those hangers-on, VIPs, political operatives, and party cadres who can cast their delegate vote however they please, unbeholden to any popular vote — Rick Stengel ponders the unlikely possibility that superdelegates would dare to go against the electorate, while other reporters look at the controversial history of the superdelgate. Lanny Davis even provides a first-hand account of his experience as a superdelegate, pointing out that they’ve always been seen as “independent” of the electorate, while Geraldine Ferraro offers her own, pro-superdelegate take on the situation. (Of course, both disclose themselves as Hillary Clinton supporters, the candidate widely considered to benefit from all this superdelegate maneuvering.)