"The best political events I have covered have often involved three rings, elephants and high wire acts. The noisiest ones begin with the improbable (think Jimmy in Carter in 1976) and progress to the inevitable. The improbable ones are always more fun."
"As I head once again to the Iowa State Fair in search of candidates, funnel cakes and grilled pork chops on a stick, it’s helpful to remind folks who are spending quality time on the beach why it’s worth it to start watching now."
Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor of the "PBS NewsHour." The best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," Gwen has covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates.