Gwen's Take

Gwen’s Primary Day Take: 5 Things to Watch for in New Hampshire

Posted: January 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Tuesday's is the seventh New Hampshire primary I’ve covered, so I’ve learned the shortcuts through the lake region, the best diners, and the ways that voters here can confound pundits on election day.

Here is what I am watching for Tuesday night:

New Hampshire: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Posted: January 6, 2012 at 11:09 am

Northfield, NH – The scene is a rustic old building perched on a pretty river in the center of the state. The walls are knotty pine and the pot-bellied stoves are putting out real heat.

It is standing room only in the middle of the day and the middle of the week, and everybody is there for…Rick Santorum.

Gwen’s Caucus Day Take: 5 Things to Watch for in Iowa

Posted: January 2, 2012 at 8:44 pm

We love it when voters take over the narrative, and that’s what will happen in Iowa tonight as voters meet to caucus and choose a possible Presidential nominee. Here’s what we’re watching:

How will social conservatives split?

Peeling the Onion (Or, Why Iowa and New Hampshire Really Matter)

Posted: December 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm

We have by now spent so many weeks consumed with the ups and downs of Republican Presidential politics that we are in danger of misgauging its real impact, especially in these early days.

It can be easy to dismiss the Iowa caucuses. Ask “Presidents” Huckabee and Gephardt how winning there worked for them. Winning the Hawkeye State in 2008 and 1988 respectively turned out to be the high point of their campaigns.

In Case You Were Wondering: We Have Been Here Before

Posted: December 22, 2011 at 4:25 pm

“Politics is politics” House Speaker John Boehner opined Thursday, as he stepped before the cameras to explain why he would not back down in the payroll tax fight House Republicans have been waging with the Senate.

Seldom have truer words been spoken. And it was politics at work when -- even as Boehner was speaking -- his counterpart on the other side of the Capitol, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, was busy bailing water out of the boat.

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