Gwen's Take

When the Horse Race Matters (Kinda)

Posted: September 20, 2012 at 6:34 pm

In the past twelve days, there have been 82 published election polls. Eighty-two. National, state-by-state and some partisan polls. And that’s just the presidential surveys. And we stopped counting on Thursday.

Taken together, they tell of a good week for President Obama. If politics is indeed all about the horse race, then the candidates are rounding the far curve and heading for the home stretch that will take them to November 6.

(And, yes, I do hate sport metaphors, but this one proved difficult to resist.)

Teetering at the Water’s Edge

Posted: September 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm

It is always perilous for anyone running for commander in chief to get out in front of the man who already has the job. For Mitt Romney, this week has been a special test.

Fresh off a pair of political conventions that were designed to blast the candidates into the fall campaign with a burst of enthusiasm, the nominees were reminded that the best-laid plans often fall victim to world events.

Lessons Learned in Tampa and Charlotte

Posted: September 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

CHARLOTTE -- I am typing this while sitting in a darkened arena. From my vantage point high above the convention floor, thousands of happy Democrats are cheering a video collage of Barack Obama's campaign and Presidency. In this version of pro-Obama utopia, the hits fly by -- the misses not so much. We watch Sarah Palin dismiss the President's background as a community organizer, and immediately cut to video of then-candidate Obama brushing off his shoulder Jay Z-style and singing a little Al Green. Oh, and then he orders a hit on Osama bin Laden.

Five Things to Watch in Charlotte

Posted: August 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

Charlotte, N.C. — We dodged a hurricane, survived the gripping humidity and thrived for a week in the belly of the beast — a national political convention that one first time attendee Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc), said reminded him of a trade show.

So let's rinse and the repeat, this time in the Tar Heel State, where Democrats are already descending to renominate Barack Obama. The incumbent gets the privilege of the last word when it comes to scheduling events like these. So expect much of what you see here to be reactive.

Five Things to Watch For in Tampa

Posted: August 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Tampa | Florida politics has always been its own special fun. Long before the election year ground to a shocking legal halt in the wake of the disputed 2000 election, it was the home of "Walkin’ Lawton" Chiles -- the guy who ran for governor by walking across the state; Terri Schiavo, whose life support drama turned into a national flashpoint; and Elian Gonzalez, the young Cuban boy whose residency dispute singlehandedly revived the Cold War.

So Hurricane Isaac should be a piece of cake.

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