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Newt predicts Obama win

After indicating a few weeks ago that Hillary would run away with the nomination, Newt Gingrich now predicts Obams will win Iowa by "a surprising margin."

Playing Ketchup

The New Yorker has featured two impressive features on Obama over the last couple of years.  This week they've published a third. Ryan Lizza poses the question: "Can Obama catch Hillary?"

Inexperienced?

Michael Kinsley has a piece in the Washington Post refuting the notion that Obama is less experienced than Hillary. He also analyzes what "experience" really means and whether it's even relevant. I found it a very rare insightful analysis.

Thanks to Rene for sending the article our way.

Thanksgiving edition

A couple of links in honor of the holiday: 

Politco.com suggests what the candidates should be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Foreign Policy

An interview with Obama regarding the rest of foreign policy (i.e., outside of Iraq).

Obama says he is including Republicans in his foreign policy planning, because he thinks it will help him overcome any Democratic biases on the subject. He remarks, "...all of us have certain biases [and] this is one area where you want to get it right."

Too conciliatory?

Interesting editorial today that suggests that Obama may be too conciliatory to actually be able to unite Americans. Ronald Brownstein suggests that Hillary is too bossy and wants her own way, which will make it difficult for her to unite Republicans and Democrats. But Brownstein also suggests that Obama might be too willing to back down when others disagree.

The likeability factor: Obama and Giuliani

There's an AP article out today with all kinds of great numbers about the candidates and how the voters perceive them.

The headline focusses on the finding that Obama and Giuliani are the most-liked candidates in their respective parties. Among all voters, 54 percent report liking Obama, and 46 percent like Giuliani. The general election often comes down to a matter of charisma, so these numbers are not insignificant.

Red State Appeal

Alright, sorry for the delay in posting this article. But here goes:

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1680192,00.html

Jay Newton-Small talks about the irony that while Obama has one of the most liberal voting records among the major candidates, red-state voters are rallying around him. Why? Because he's fresh, unifying, and inspiring:

And, we're back!

Wow, we had some technical problems with our yahoo server last week. But we're back up and ready to go.

Iowa is shaping up well for Obama, so we're going to try to start tracking him everyday. Stay tuned, and don't forget to leave your thoughts!!

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