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'PostTalk' Turns One!

One year ago today, washingtonpost.com launched "PostTalk," a web video interview program with politicians, strategists and other newsmakers.

Our first guest was Sen. Joseph Biden (Del.), the veteran Democrat who was mounting his very long-shot bid for his party's presidential nomination. With his long political career, the one-time boy wonder of Delaware politics brought a wonderful perspective to assessing the then-cluttered field of Democratic candidates.

Asked by my co-host, Dan Balz, how the campaign compared with the 1988 campaign, in which he also ran in, Biden readily acknowledged the awesome challenge of running against two high-powered Democrats, Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Biden, 65, lamented that he was once "the guy with charisma" but that "Now I'm the old guy who is qualified."

Biden was prescient in how he saw the campaign shaping up, as those two charismatic senators, Obama and Clinton, are the last two standing in the Democratic primary battle. In all, we sat down with seven presidential candidates in the past year -- including Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) just days before his comeback win in New Hampshire's primary -- as well as many of the great mentioned for vice president this fall.

We didn't limit ourselves just to the presidential race, however. We chatted with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) as well as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.).

McConnell, up for re-election in November, worried about the Bush Administration's long term strategy in Iraq while Hoyer, an undecided superdelegate, acknowledged that the extended primary fight between Clinton (N.Y.) and Obama (Ill.) could damage the party in the fall.

And, we even got a chance to chat with New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer in one of the last interviews he gave before a sex scandal forced him from office.

All in all, it was a busy year. But, with the most-watched presidential race in modern history on the horizon, the battle for control of the House and Senate well underway and the certainty of a new Administration next January, the second year of "PostTalk" starts with real promise.

Here's a video retrospective on the year that was:

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 11, 2008; 3:45 PM ET
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Comments

It leaves me puzzled as to how the very people who are up in arms about "bitterness" aren't aware of the methods used to distract them from the obvious consequences of what they fall for time after time.

These "bitter"people cast their vote on based on abortion, gun rights, prayer in schools, what should be done about people who don't resemble them or stem cell research. Tax cuts are mainly a concern of the wealthy but the average taxpayer whose paying drastically higher prices for food, gas, health care, housing and education shouldn't worry about whether the wealthiest persons among us receive a 45 thousand dollar a year tax break. Or whether the oil industry should receive billions in subsidies.

These wedge issues are designed to distract the "average" citizen while the money and power are consolidated among the very few.

In the aftermath of the 2004 elections, the London Times headlines in very large and bold type read "HOW CAN 50 MILLION PEOPLE BE SO STUPID?"

We must realize that drastic change is necessary and use our votes to make the different government we so drastically need. Stop making decisions based on abstracts on things that are unseen and realise that God is perfectly capable of taking care of himself. He does'nt need the help of television evangelists. That our internal desires don't change external conditions.

Don't keep the present people in office who have brought us into this mess and then retreat into a foreclosed home with your pensions being drained away by the crooks and steaming over it with your gun on your lap.

Vote your self-interest or be damned!

Posted by: watash | April 15, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Bitter, you bet I'm f___ing bitter. I want heads to roll in our current government and will be BITTER until those heads roll. Personally I don't cling to guns or religion, but I also feel that the people who do still have a glimmer of hope for the good OLD USA. That place is gone forever folks, just say goodbye.

Posted by: jadees | April 15, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

The Obama "Bitter" debate is one of style, not substance, which does not mean that it is unimportant. However, my concern is that this, with the latest round of Hillary pandering to the Pennsylvania electorate through her becoming a latter day duck hunter and gun fan and stretching the truth about her arrival in Tuzla, will not endear voters to the electoral proces. Whereas a few weeks ago the Democratic Primary looked like it would have a record turnout, look out for the populace as a whole to become disenchanted as the Democrats destroy their significant advantage.

Posted by: paulgroom | April 15, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Yes!! Obama/Biden'08.

Posted by: bigben1986 | April 11, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Biden for V.P.

Posted by: Leichtman | April 11, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

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