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Joel Achenbach compares the cultures of Iowa and New Hampshire. Dan Balz and Shailagh Murray report on the Des Moines Register poll showing Barack Obama with a 7-point lead among voters likely to attend Thursday's Iowa caucuses. Mike Huckabee causes a commotion at the Des Moines Marriott hotel by unveiling, and then disavowing, an attack ad, Michael D. Shear and Perry Bacon Jr. report. Dana Milbank sketches what a New Year's Eve in Des Moines feels like just days before a heavily contested political event. And, in Style, Jose Antonio Vargas describes an Iowan who is taking pictures of all the candidates with Mr. Potato Head.

Happy New Year, everyone.

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 1, 2008; 11:45 AM ET
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My comments on the naiveness of Hillary's false claims of experience, hence lacking in critical judgement and basic honesty, come with great sadness for I am an active feminist who has devoted her life to this honorable cause.

Posted by: strayze | January 2, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

The most casual observer knows that Hillary Clinton did far, far more as a First Lady than "serving tea" and "having her picture taken with powerful people." The Obama campaign, the media talking heads, and all her detractors take delight in simply dismissing her years of successful U.S. Senate and legislative experience, along with her professional aspirations and efforts in helping others as a young lawyer. Obama and all the other "male" Senators are not the only ones whom aspire to greatness as political leaders. Obama is not the only candidate 'whose time is now' to serve his country, bring integrity back to public service and make our country better. To imply that Hillary Clinton is just another "politician" who doesn't have the experience or competence to be President because "she served tea" as a First Lady ... is a gross disservice to her and women everywhere who support her or not. We are so, so tired of these sexist attitudes and platitudes. The irony is that until a woman IS elected President in this country the old stereotypes will continue to "keep women in their place -- even those serving tea at the White House."

Posted by: mpwynn | January 2, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

With Hillary's bold assertions of experience based upon her 8 years as a spouse of a president debunked, the only conclusion left is Hillary lacks the critical thinking and judgement to be president.

Posted by: strayze | January 1, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Well, the Clinton campaign may not care much for The Des Moines Register's political polls, but the political pols from the Clinton campaign sure did want The Register's editorial endorsement.

Perhaps The Register's Editorial Department can pen a piece apolgizing for the lack of symmetry between its endorsements and the newspaper's poll results!

David P. McKnight
Durham, N.C.

Posted by: WRErwin1 | January 1, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Two of the biggest,or at least most consistent lies during this campaign thus far have been that "Hillary is the most experienced Democratic candidate" and that "Hillary is the most electable Democrat". Having tea and getting your picture taken with powerful people from around the World as First Lady hardly qualify as "experience". Ms. Clinton has a US Senator for a lot less time than either Dood or Biden. She may have a little more time in the "United States Senate" than Senator Obama, but her total time in elected office is actually less than the Senator from Illinois. I believe it was Senator Biden last week who made the very accurate statement about Hillary merely "witnessing experience". I believe the polls have helped clarify the fallacy about Clinton being the most electable. With her strong negative approval rating, I didn't need to wait for the polls to reflect her steep drop to make me believe that she is NOT the most electable Democrat. To "newagent99" you must be crazy (or maybe you're really just being "slick" in claiming that Senator Obama is the candidate that Republicans want to face in the general election. They have been licking their chops at the idea of getting to face Clinton in 2008 as evidenced by the ads they have already been running against her rather than their GOP primary opponents and the anti Hillary bumper stickers that are already showing up across the country.

Posted by: diksagev | January 1, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama is the man to stir America for change. I am not worry about any Repuplican in the area to beat any democrat. Repuplican star falls to buttom rock, and I don't see any rise for their star in the near future.
Repuplican will experience hard time, and will suffer at the time of the compagne being head to head- Democrats and Repuplicans after the nomination?

Posted by: mali23 | January 1, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I guess so we can have someone like Romney to do the entire US as he did in Mass. No Clinton, Edwards, or mandates!

Posted by: wtobie | January 1, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Read the des moines Register's poll.

Obama is the canidate that the REPUBLICANs want as the democratic nominee.
They want the weakest nominee possible.
Obama is that man.

Posted by: newagent99 | January 1, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

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