According to the conventional wisdom that governs the career calculations of most ambitious politicians, there are two ways to get ahead in elected politics.
The simplest way is to run for the office you covet when it comes open and to win it—or, failing that, to wage a noble-but-losing campaign that puts you first in Read More
One of the biggest stakeholders in the January 3 Iowa caucuses is Tom Vilsack, the former Democratic Governor who was briefly an ’08 candidate himself.
Vilsack traveled extensively in 2005 and 2006 and formally declared his candidacy last November, only to abruptly drop Read More
The Wall Street Journal today wrote, “In two recent polls of likely Iowa caucus-goers, Sen. Clinton was slightly ahead in one, but her chief rival, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, had retaken the edge in the other. A decisive Clinton victory in Iowa potentially could clinch the nomination; a loss, or even Read More
$100 can get you in the door for Hillary Clinton’s “conversation” fund-raiser on West 43rd Street this September 19th, but the good seats are $1000.
With almost every Democratic politician in New York clamoring to help her out, the role of moderator for the event is going to former Read More
Hillary Clinton’s campaign just sent out an email from former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack explaining his reasons for endorsing her for President.
For one thing, he says, it was simply a matter of returning a favor:
“When I first ran for governor of Iowa in 1998, many people didn’t give me much of a chance. Read More
Here’s Hillary Clinton’s statement on Tom Vilsack, who bowed of the 2008 presidential race today:
“I have been proud to work with Tom Vilsack for years on the challenges facing our country, and I have a deep admiration for both Tom and Christie.
“Tom has made Iowa a leader in renewable energy and created thousands Read More
Via Michael Crowley at The Plank, a new Iowa poll shows Barack Obama sprinting into a tie for the lead, with John Edwards, at 22 percent. Hillary is in fourth place, behind Tom Vilsack, at 10 percent. Sure, I know this is his home state, but Vilsack?
The poll, says RealClearPolitics, Read More
Alan Hevesi responds to his settlement with the AG’s office by saying that most of the chauffering for his wife was “related to her security.”
Here is a calendar of state employees who chauffeured Hevesi’s wife, and how the AG’s office came up with their Read More
As Hillary Clinton traveled on a statewide thank you tour, she appeared to add a necessary (if highly incremental) adjustment “ to her standard line about just focusing on the current election: “All I’m thinking now is how excited I am that we’ve had a great election for the country and for our Read More
Hillary Looking Shaky
To the Editor:
As a resident of Iowa, I can say that Steve Kornacki got it just about right [“What Happens If Hillary Whiffs in ’08?”, Aug. 28–Sep. 4]. Let me add a couple of points:
First, Governor Tom Vilsack may run in the Democratic caucus here. In years past—for example, when Read More