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Of Clintons, Independents, and Polls

Anne E. Kornblut and Alec MacGillis report on former president Bill Clinton's advocacy on behalf of his wife. David S. Broder reports that "New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a potential independent candidate for president, has scheduled a meeting next week with a dozen leading Democrats and Republicans, who will join him in challenging the major-party contenders to spell out their plans for forming a 'government of national unity' to end the gridlock in Washington."

Fact-Checker Michael Dobbs explores lies on the campaign trail and finds that "the art of embellishment and downright fibbing is alive and well in American politics. But the popularity of blogs, YouTube and information databases such as LexisNexis, along with the 24-hour news cycle, has made it easier than ever for the media and rival campaigns to spot the mistakes and exaggerations of presidential candidates." Chris Cillizza and Shailagh Murray run down the roster of prominent Democrats who've decided not to endorse during the primaries. Perry Bacon Jr. and Michael D. Shear look at Mike Huckabee's aggressive series of attacks against Mitt Romney. And Krissah Williams travels to Spencer, Iowa, to explore how the issue of illegal immigration has become such a hot-button in the Hawkeye State.

In Outlook, Dana Milbank looks at the strange tribal affiliations of "Potomac Man." Joel Achenback says that, while there are some revealing historical echoes, 2008 is a very different time than 1968. "History repeating itself: It's a tidy premise. In fact, it's irresistible -- and wrong, but wrong in interesting ways that shed light on both years," he writes.

Reza Aslan, author of "No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam," warns against "a curious and dangerous consensus [that] seems to be forming among the chattering classes, on both the left and the right, that what the United States needs in these troubling times is not knowledge and experience but a "fresh face" with an "intuitive sense of the world," and that the mere act of electing Obama will put us on the path to winning the so-called war on terror."

And pollsters Gary Langer and Jon Cohen offer five tips for decoding whether or not a political poll is reliable.

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 30, 2007; 10:33 AM ET
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The Krissah Williams article is discussed here:

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MGY3M2VmY2E4ZTBjMmRmNGZmMmRhZTVmYjEzZTIyMmU=

I guess we can understand why no WaPo editors raised any similar issues.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | December 31, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Aslan is correct, we don't need someone who believes living in indonesia at age 6 is experience, we need someone who can lead, who is experienced (obama's main experience is not voting and running campaigns), and who is powerful.

That's Clinton! Edwards could do, but Obama would be eaten alive.

Posted by: newagent99 | December 30, 2007 11:47 AM | Report abuse

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