The first results of the 2008 election are trickling in ... from Indiana's Vigo County. That might sound kind of random. But the interesting thing is, Vigo County--home of Terre Haute--has for decades most closely matched the national vote for president of any county in the country.
I left the house to vote at 6:30 this morning--and here's what greeted me at the corner of St. John's and Sixth Ave. in Park Slope, Brooklyn. "I've been voting here for 20 years," one guy told me. "Usually, you just walk right in." Another fellow--slightly older--interrupted. "I've been voting here for 30 years," he added. "Never seen anything like this." Now, my neighborhood--a patchwork of aging Bobos, deeply-rooted African-Americans, young creative types, yupster families and lots and lots...
A round-up of this morning's must-read stories. NOW GO VOTE!AFTER EPIC CAMPAIGN, VOTERS GO TO THE POLLS(Adam Nagourney, New York Times)The 2008 race for the White House that comes to an end on Tuesday fundamentally upended the way presidential campaigns are fought in this country, a legacy that has almost been lost with all the attention being paid to the battle between Senators John McCain and Barack Obama.
November: it's the new October. In a normal election year, the 10th month is the time for surprises--that is, the last-minute slips, blips and/or cataclysmic events with the greatest potential, by virtue of their last-minuteness, to influence the election's outcome.
For the past five months or so, Barack Obama relentlessly harped on a single message: You don't like George W. Bush. John McCain is George W. Bush. So vote for me instead.In contrast, McCain has careened between at least eight different themes--in the past 48 hours alone.
(Charlie Neibergall / AP) If you'd fallen asleep on Nov. 2, 2004 and awoken, a la Rip Van Winkle, on Oct. 31, 2008, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Iowa is a battleground state.
The end is nigh. For political junkies, the prospect of going cold turkey on Nov. 4 is terrifying--understandably so. In a new series for NEWSWEEK.com, a group of the magazine's political scribes went on camera to discuss life after Election Day--including yours truly.
Everyone knows that Barack Obama has built an unprecedented Democratic field organization this election cycle. But the big question as Nov. 4 approaches is how well McCain--who trails by massive margins in the money race and has invested far fewer resources in field offices and get-out-the-vote efforts--will be able to mobilize his voters.
A round-up of this morning's must-read stories. WHICH OBAMA WOULD AMERICA GET? (Stuart Taylor, National Journal) The first Obama has sometimes seemed eager to engineer what he called "redistribution of wealth" in a 2001 radio interview, along with the more conventional protectionism, job preferences, and other liberal Democratic dogmas featured in his campaign.
Over at Sprint to the Oval, my NEWSWEEK colleague Holly Bailey has some ominous color from the McCain caravan. Sign of trouble? Or mere coincidence? We report, you decide: If a reporter wanted to craft a dire lede about the final days of John McCain's campaign, the signs are coming in droves—although it's something more akin to a satirical movie like "Airplane!" or "Hot Shots." It all started on Monday, when McCain's motorcade had to pull over almost immediately upon arrival in Fayetteville,...
Posting over at her new Sprint to the Oval blog, my NEWSWEEK colleague Holly Bailey reports on the McCain campaign's outrage du jour--i.e., demanding that the Los Angeles Times release a video (mentioned in its own pages last April) that captures Obama's remarks at a 2003 banquet honoring Rashid Khalidi, a Columbia University professor and Palestinian scholar who has been critical of Israel.
WARNING: Supergeeky content ahead. Despite all my-blabbering and bloviating about "the latest polls,"the only polls that matter are still the ones that close on ElectionNight.
Call them the Icing States. The candidates aren't visiting. The reporters aren't calling. And the rest of the country barely knows they exist. With six days until Nov. 4, the political world is focusing on traditional battlegrounds like Florida, where both Barack Obama and John McCain are campaigning today—and understandably so.