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Vanishing Swing Voters and Iowa's Most Powerful Blogger

Today in The Post, Alec MacGillis reports on the vanishing New Hampshire swing voter, noting, "Political scientists studying the state have noted in recent years that most of its undeclared voters favor one party, with a slight majority now leaning Democratic, and are thus independent in name only." Peter Slevin traveled with John Edwards as he wound down his latest bus tour and reports on his efforts to woo late-deciding Iowans.

Over in Style, Shailagh Murray profiles The Des Moines Register's long-time political columnist, David Yepsen, who has become even more influential through his Register blog. In Opinion, Richard Cohen says that "Obama is untested" but that, nonetheless, "Bill Clinton himself has shown that in presidential politics, change trumps experience any day," while E.J. Dionne Jr., writing on Hillary Clinton, says that "Hillary Clinton's demanding task is to keep doubts about Obama high in the minds of Iowa voters while finding the dash of inspiration that has so far eluded her campaign."

And The Fix weighs in on Hillary Clinton's efforts to soften her image with just over two weeks left before the Iowa caucuses.

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 18, 2007; 11:50 AM ET
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IT'S TIME FOR A WOMAN TO BE THE PRESIDENT, AND MAYBE THE PROBLEMS WILL GO AWAY. BUT, WE NEED MORE OPTIONS BESIDES THE WIFE OF ONE OF OUR GOOD PRESIDENTS. HILLARY HAS MADE A LOT OF INTERESTED VOTERS TO TAKE A LOOK AT HER, BUT MOST OF THEM ARE TURNING THEIR HEADS AWAY. OBAMA MAY NOT BE READY, BUT HE HAS A PASSION TO LEARN QUICK AND LISTEN TO PEOPLE. NO PRESIDENT MAKES CHOICES ON HIS OWN, SO ALL OBAMA NEEDS IS GOOD ADVISERS AND HE CAN SURELY MAKE AMERICA SAME AS BILL CLINTON DID. MARK MY WORDS, THE BLACK MAN WILL WIN, NOT BECAUSE HE'S BLACK, BUT BECAUSE HE IS UNITER AND HE'S BLACK THAT DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUR SKIN COLOR, RACE, NATIONALITY AND RELIGION, AS LONG WE ARE HUMANS.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | December 18, 2007 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the posting by julieds.
The Clintons are just a part of the problems we have today. Did I say the Clintons? If you listen to Bill you would think he's going to running the country again. I read where Bill said Obama doesn't have any foreign policy experience? What does Hillary have? Does this mean if she's in the White house he will be there to guide her? Then I guess the special interests will have two people in the White house they can use for their purposes instead of one.
I like Barack Obama. He's a breath of fresh air for this country and I don't see where he is owning to a lot of special interest groups.Go Obama!!!!!

Posted by: justfolks | December 18, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama looks, sounds Presidential, noble, Hillary looks like a professional politician, desperate for power, Edwards pretty boy looks, charming but lacking depth.

Posted by: mildbrew | December 18, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama for President of the United States of America.

Say no to nepotism.
Say no to triangulated Iraq vote disasters.
Say no to mud-sling machine politics.

It's time for America to Rise and Shine again.

Posted by: PulSamsara | December 18, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

newagent99: And Clinton's got something like a 50% unfavorability rating. I prefer not to cut ourselves off at the knees before running the footrace of the general election, thanks.

Posted by: BABucher | December 18, 2007 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I might be pushing the health care reform issue too far back... that was more like '97-98.... the year of Monica.

Posted by: BABucher | December 18, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

david brooks, the nytime republican pundit, admits today that he wants obama to win the nominations.. easier for the gop to beat.

and krugman yesterday pointed out obama'splaying footsie with corporations,.


clinton is the best choice for winning, and she's shown she gets things done.

obama has shown that he can miss more votes than any other canidate in the democratic field.

and that he's naive

Posted by: newagent99 | December 18, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

You know, some of you might recall that Hillary Clinton much of the time was even more polarizing than her husband. I can't imagine her with-me-or-against-me attitude didn't play at least a part in the collapse of her health care reform effort in Bill's first term. In fact, didn't they even have a *Democratic* house at the time?

Posted by: BABucher | December 18, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

It's time to change the way America interacts with the rest of the world. The Clinton's are old news, and part of the problem.

Posted by: julieds | December 18, 2007 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Elect Clinton if you think the last 15 years have been great for America.

The Clinton's have been part of the problem in Washington.

Clinton's foreign policies in the 1990's are partially responsible for the rise of AlQueda in the 1990's, and what lead up to the attacks on 9/11.

Posted by: julieds | December 18, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Clinton represents experience, Obama naivete, and Edwards the counterpart of the Roman delator.

Posted by: RyanAi | December 18, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

"Clinton represents the past, Obama the future and Edwards what might have been."

Who's playing Marley?

Posted by: bsimon | December 18, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Clinton represents the past, Obama the future and Edwards what might have been.

Posted by: slavin2 | December 18, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

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