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Fix Pick: The Most Important Man in Iowa?

Anyone who follows politics (and political journalism) at all closely knows the name David Yepsen.

Yepsen is the longtime political reporter and now columnist for the Des Moines Register -- Iowa's largest and most influential newspaper.

Meeting with Yepsen has become de rigeur for aspiring candidates. Campaigns regularly hang on every word of his columns -- a kind word from Yepsen brings glee, a scolding from the scribe angst.

The Post's Shailagh Murray -- a Fix favorite in her own right -- profiled Yepsen earlier this week.

"Burly and vaguely academic-looking, with a shock of wavy graying hair, Yepsen is the journalistic embodiment of the Iowa caucuses," writes Murray.

Murray also has some delicious details about Yepsen's life that even The Fix -- a dedicated Yepsenologist -- didn't know.

Among them:

* Yepsen wears a brass belt that reads "Newsman." AWESOME.

* He drives a white Subaru and likes to listen to classical music -- loud.

* Yepsen dabbled in politics in his younger years; he was his high school student body president and a member of the student senate at the University of Iowa.

Read the whole story, as it's chock-full of great nuggets.

Each state has its Yepsen -- the political reporter par excellence who tend to drive the coverage of a campaign or a candidate. In New Hampshire, it's the Union Leader's John DiStaso, whom The Fix profiled two years ago. In South Dakota, the Argus-Leader's Dave Kranz is at the top of the heap. Lee Bandy ruled the roost in South Carolina for many years but is now semi-retired after four decades of covering Palmetto State politics. Same goes for Al Cross, the legendary political reporter for Louisville Courier-Journal who now teaches at the University of Kentucky (though he still writes a column for the paper).

Who are we missing? Live in a state where one political reporter (or political pundit) dominates the landscape? Sound off in the comment section below and we'll add the list to this post.

UPDATE, 12:45 p.m. ET: The suggestions for top political reporters in each state are rolling in. The most glaring oversight in our initial list was Jon Ralston, the peerless Nevada reporter who is the definition of "platform agnostic"; Ralston writes a column for the Las Vegas Sun, has his own television show and even his own blog. (Read The Fix's profile of Ralston.)

Here are other suggestions sent in via email and the comments section These are not the Fix's Picks but rather suggestions by readers. If you're state isn't represented, sound off in the comment section below!

* Arkansas: John Brummett

* California: Los Angeles Times columnist George Skelton

* Florida: St. Petersburg Times columnist/politics editor Adam Smith

* Georgia: Bill Shipp, Southern Political Report Editor Tom Baxter, InsiderAdvanatge Georgia editor Dick Pettys.

* Illinois: Capitol Fax Blog author Rich Miller

*Massachusetts: Boston Globe statehouse bureau chief Frank Phillips

* Missouri: St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Jo Mannies

* New Hampshire: Nashua Telegraph reporter Kevin Landrigan

* New York: New York Post columnist Fred Dicker, Albany Times Union reporter Jim Odato, radio talk show host Alan Chartock

* Ohio: Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Tom Suddes

* Rhode Island: Providence Journal columnist Charlie Bakst (he has the awesome byline: "M. Charles Bakst")

* Virginia: University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato

UPDATE, 2:45 pm A steady stream of notable political reporters in the states continues to make its way into the comments section and The Fix inbox. We've fielded a number of suggestions for the person who will fill the shoes of South Carolina legend Lee Bandy. The sense is that Dan Hoover of the Greenville News is the heir to the throne; many people also spoke highly of Aaron Gould Sheinin before he left the Columbia State for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Here are some more suggestions. If you're state isn't represented, sound off in the comment section below!

* California: San Francisco Chronicle reporters Phil Matier and Andrew Ross, and Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters

* Kansas/Missouri: Kansas City Star reporter Steve Kraske

* Kentucky: Kentucky Enquirer political reporter and columnist Pat Crowley

* Minnesota: Former Star Tribune reporter Eric Black

* New Jersey: Newark Star-Ledger columnist John Farmer

* North Carolina: Raleigh News & Observer columnist Rob Christensen

* Ohio: Columbus Dispatch senior editor Joe Hallett, Cincinnati Enquirer columnistHoward Wilkinson

* Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Inquirer columnist -- and Fix friend -- Dick Polman

* Texas: Texas Monthly senior executive editor Paul Burka

* Washington: Seattle Post-Intelligencer correspondent Joel Connelly, Seattle Times political reporter David Postman

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 20, 2007; 9:33 AM ET
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In Minnesota, the AP's Brian Bakst is unbeatable. He is a boots-on-ground old skooler who brings a youthful energy to his work. Being a good political reporter means more than doing a google search and adding some of your thoughts to it.

Posted by: mbrunswick | January 9, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Pennsylvania: Dick Polman of the Philly Inky for politics in general. For Pennsylvania state politics, it's gotta be John Micek of the Allentown Morning Call.

Posted by: NativeNorthernVirginian | December 29, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

In Texas it's Wayne Slater, Dallas Morning News...NOT Burka.

Posted by: texjoey | December 23, 2007 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Completely agree: in Montana it's Chuck Johnson of of the Lee Newspapers State Bureau. Hands down this guy knows everything about the political landscape (or knows who to ask) and has a historical perspective that gives his stories context and a refreshing confidence at times when most reporters might be intimidated into the "he said, she said" drag. A close #2 in my book is Mike Dennison, who used to be the Capitol bureau for the Great Falls Tribune. He always gave Chuck and his colleagues at Lee a run for their money over there. But Mike's now moved over to Lee and works with Chuck. Looks like Lee is going to dominate for a while...

Posted by: andreadunn | December 21, 2007 8:27 PM | Report abuse

One more vote for Jeff Mayers (the Brit Hume of Wisconsin interviewers). Jeff represents the new journalism (a former print reporter who is now using a website, emails, podcasts, forums et al., to cover his old newspaper beat). His Friday afternoon email, the WisPolitics Report, is must-read in WI political circles and is excerpted in his old paper on Sunday. Now Jeff is expanding the franchise into Iowa, with IowaPolitics.com.

Posted by: cmmcd | December 21, 2007 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I would add a couple to the list...

Jeff Mayers of WisPolitics.com in Wisconsin

Kay Henderson of the Iowa Radio Network in Iowa

Chris Dorsey of IowaPolitics.com in Iowa

Posted by: info | December 21, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

The most well known Texas political writer is Burka. Unfortunately he has become an eccentric laughing-stock with his endorsement of Kinky for governor and his continued wrong prognosticating on his blog.

Charles Kuffner with both his own blog and one at the Houston Chronicle is becoming the new political guru.

Posted by: gary_ | December 21, 2007 4:22 PM | Report abuse

in NEW JERSEY john farmer is a hack and ardent democrat.

as far as political reporting it's TOM MORAN with the Newark Star Ledger.

or, the anonymous WALLY EDGE on politicsnj.com

Posted by: njpolactivist86 | December 21, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with abrogan. Chuck Johnson is a long time capital hand in Montana. He had a good career with the Great Falls Tribune State Bureau in Helena, which used to be the state's best until Gannet bought the Trib and reduced it's Helena presence.

Chuck then went to the Lee Newspaper State Bureau as its head. He had started there years before as a young reporter.

The Lee Bureau is not "primarily the Helena Independant Record."

Lee owns most of the state's major dailies as well as as mid-sized dailies in several other states. Lee's Billings Gazette is the state's largest paper, but Lee also has the newspapers in the second largest city, Missoula (The Missoulian). It also has Butte (Montana Stadard) and Helena (Independant-Record). That means that the Lee State Bureau stories hit most of the state's newspaper readers immediately. The state's other dailies will pick it up the next day on the AP wire.

Chuck Johnson has more longevity in Helena than virtually any office-holder there. He has years more experience than any other reporter in Helena. He has won many awards, even nationally, for his reporting.

Posted by: AlaninMissoula | December 21, 2007 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Great. Now we're going to apply the celebrity culture to reporters. Yes, George Skelton is terrific, and Dan Walters is influential. But so are a host of others, including (but not limited to) Tony York, John Howard, Shane Goldmacher, Jim Sweeney, Dan Smith, Carla Marinucci, Tom Chorneau, Dan Weintraub, Maria Erana, Anne Lee Bardach, Sherry Jeffe, Dan Morain, Amy Chance, Kenneth Kim, Steve Geissinger, John Myers. Greg Lucas, Gabriel Martinez, Marc Lifsher, Virginia Ellis, and Dana Wilke. Do they influence the course of a campaign? As individuals, some. But this is California, where no single voice drives the agenda. (For those who rely on the East Coast press, California is the longish, mostly impenetrable blob on the left side of the U.S. map.)

Posted by: AG_Block | December 21, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

In Texas, I'd nominate Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News and Clay Robison of the Houston Chronicle. Gardner Selby of the Austin American-Statesman is an up-and-comer. Dave McNeely, formerly of the Austin American-Statesman, still freelances his column, by the way, but I don't think any of the metros carry it.

Posted by: jcullen | December 21, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Idaho has to be Dan Popkey of Boise's Idaho Statesman. He got some national attention for the Larry Craig scandal, but we in Idaho have known him for a lot longer than that.

Posted by: texas_musician | December 21, 2007 1:47 PM | Report abuse

When I think of Minnesota political journalism, the first guy I think of is Eric Eskola.

However, he is a radio guy and not a print guy.

Posted by: nsherlock23 | December 21, 2007 12:46 PM | Report abuse

In Wisconsin: Jeff Mayers, president and publisher of wispolitics.com. He knows everyone and his company cover the waterfront. Also conducts important straw polls at yearly Democratic and GOP state conventions.

Posted by: doug.mell | December 21, 2007 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Dan Popkey - Idaho Statesman

Posted by: astone | December 21, 2007 10:32 AM | Report abuse

in SC, add jason spencer of the spartanburg herald-journal to the list of must-read political reporters. check out his blog too at:
campaign2008.goupstate.com

Posted by: boston4 | December 21, 2007 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Brian Howey, who publishes the Howey Poltical Report and Howey Politics Indiana on the Web, is emerging as the leading political journalist in the Hoosier state. He's based in Indianapolis, but after a long newspaper career in such places as Fort Wayne and Elkhart -- and having grown up with parents who were newspaper people (his dad was a managing editor) -- he's wired. His Howey Political Report each Thursday has become a must-read among pols and political observers.

Posted by: r.mosco | December 21, 2007 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Stonecreek at 3:07P said that Burka did not compare well with Ivins or McNeeley, who are now gone. I said that earlier. The problem is that Ivins and McNeeley ARE gone.

Stonecreek also accused Burka of having an "agenda". All columnists have agendas. With Burka you knew he supported Reagan and he supported GWB in 2000. So what? Fact is, he has good sources.

I should add that reporter Ken Herman had great sources in Austin, but the American-Statesman made him
go to DC to be the "Washington Bureau".

Posted by: mark_in_austin | December 21, 2007 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: g.lavine1 | December 21, 2007 12:47 AM | Report abuse

In NY, consider the Daily News' Liz Benjamin. Newsday's Rick Brand is also pretty good.

Posted by: russciandra | December 20, 2007 9:06 PM | Report abuse

..and you're still on, i see zouk. all day long, as usual. what did you say you did for a living? oh that's right, you never said, because this is it.

you spend your whole day spreading lies and hatred. what a shell of a human being--if you are one, that is. I rather doubt it.

i certianly think you'r right about families. rudy is a thug just like his dad. you cons are so soft on crime.i guess because you can so easily identify.

Posted by: drindl | December 20, 2007 5:50 PM | Report abuse

KOZ -- Where to start, where to start.

You said: "Let me explain. rudy's father paid his dues and managed to get his kid out of Brooklyn and into an honest job. there are no current or past indictments on rudy or any of his peers."

-- Just to be perfectly clear, Rudy's father served time in federal prison for ARMED ROBBERY. Not exactly a little offense. That's great that he paid his time and turned himself around. I'm not a republican, so I actually support rehabilitation.

-- None of Rudy's peers has legal problems? Hmmm, who's that guy again who he named police commissioner and recommended to head the Homeland Security Department...

"On the other hand, everyone around hillary has either a criminal record, is under endictment, on probation or using hillary to hide from this. Sandy the burgler is her security advisor."

-- Bernie someone, can't remember the last name...

"the discussion is about how you were raised. clearly the Rodham household had issues with honesty and law abiding as well as simple character. this is not innuendo and false accusations as the Libs tend to do with Bush and rudy. they are actual courthouse entries in the public record."

- so it's about how you were raised, but the fact that Rudy's father was CONVICTEd -- not indicted, but convicted -- of armed robbery is not an issue but allegations about clinton are huge issues. Ha, interesting logic...

Don't worry though, none of this matters since Clinton won't be the D nominee and Rudy CERTAINLY will not be the GOP nominee. I know that last part must be hard given the size of your man-crush on Rudy. Seriously, it's ok to cry. Just let it all out...

Posted by: _Colin | December 20, 2007 5:39 PM | Report abuse

"when you are the market leader, the only way to go is down."


LOL

Posted by: bsimon | December 20, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

"Congressional Democrats praised Harry Trumans continued occupation of the virulent Nazi germany while at the same time calling for a quicker capitulation in the irrelevant middle east.

Posted by: kingofzouk | December 20, 2007 04:51 PM
"

The differance is the nazi's almost took over the world. They were a huge threat to america and the world. It's like your people's bogus american revolution argument. In both cases our "enemy" had all the power, we had few little. We have all the bombs and weapons in the words. they got rpg's and ak's. Are you really that scared? Go to couseling then. don't cahnge and gut the country out of YOUR FEAR.

I know you people are cowards. But your not this stupid. If you fear goat herders with ak's, that's your problem. Don't make it mine.

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | December 20, 2007 5:05 PM | Report abuse

simple simon - when you are the market leader, the only way to go is down. You fools have been predicting recessions for 7 years too.

In statistics this is called reverting to the mean. In politics it is called, letting the press sell their hype. did you think they would allow even hillary to get away with an easy win. what would there be to gab about and write about every day for 20 column inches?

I think the huck -a- bubble is about done. we will settle down to the mean soon. that mean is Hillary and Rudy. Prepare yourself.

Posted by: kingofzouk | December 20, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

"It would be premature to count him out already"

Indeed it would. However, it is interesting to note that the trend for the Giuliani campaign is not positive. Some of us observers have been predicting that this would occur for some time.

Posted by: bsimon | December 20, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

The United States has announced plans to put off the withdrawal of troops stationed in Europe by keeping two brigades in Germany for an additional two years for military and financial reasons. The Pentagon's decision to slow down its troop withdrawal came in response to requests from top commanders to maintain US military personnel in Europe around the 40,000 mark. (Snip) The brigades, each 3,500-strong, are now expected to be relocated to Texas in 2012 and 2013.


Congressional Democrats praised Harry Trumans continued occupation of the virulent Nazi germany while at the same time calling for a quicker capitulation in the irrelevant middle east.

Posted by: kingofzouk | December 20, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

rudy still leads in most national polls and always has. It would be premature to count him out already, although I know you Dems realy want to do that since he is likely to be victorious against your broom-riding candidate.

Posted by: kingofzouk | December 20, 2007 4:40 PM | Report abuse

dON'T LISTEN TO HIM DRINDL. HE IS using the old gop trick of whining until they get their way. he only has power if you give it up. don't give these bully fascists the power over you. do you. Ignore the peanut gallery. Like the gi joe's., Knowing is half the battle. You know what he and they are doing. now the rest or beating them is not giving in. That is the only way they can win.

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | December 20, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

proud, thanks for the direct link. That one worked. To answer my above question, the poll includes Rep Paul, who garners 3% of the vote. There's a bunch of good data in there, question 34 stood out for one. Another is the ongoing evidence that McCain is the most likely GOP candidate to beat the Dems. Lastly, McCain beats Oprah in the gap between positive & negative views! Oprah has 55% approval v 33% disapproval; McCain's numbers are 53 v 29. Why is his party so stubbornly reluctant to nominate him?

Posted by: bsimon | December 20, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about Rudy, anyway? His campaign is taking a head-first dive into the dumper.

Posted by: Spectator2 | December 20, 2007 4:19 PM | Report abuse

hiccup_colin - that is so typical Lib. Let me explain. rudy's father paid his dues and managed to get his kid out of Brooklyn and into an honest job. there are no current or past indictments on rudy or any of his peers.

On the other hand, everyone around hillary has either a criminal record, is under endictment, on probation or using hillary to hide from this. Sandy the burgler is her security advisor.

the discussion is about how you were raised. clearly the Rodham household had issues with honesty and law abiding as well as simple character. this is not innuendo and false accusations as the Libs tend to do with Bush and rudy. they are actual courthouse entries in the public record.

but considering the fake science you accept and the fundraising practices you deem normal, I am not surprised you have this view.

Posted by: kingofzouk | December 20, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Here bsimon, try this one:

http://www.foxnews.com/projects/pdf/122007_release_web.pdf

I still think Fred Thompson will get some of the bump from Tancredo's absence b/c he's the most authentic on that subject.
There are different plausible scenarios where each of the top five has a shot.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | December 20, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

If we're focusing on familes, can we talk about how Rudy's father did time in Federal Prison or how his extended family has mob connections?

Oh, and just to be clear I don't actually think ANY of that is a valid reason for voting against Rudy. (There are 5000 of those reasons, but that's for another time) But certainly as valid as talking about Hillary's brother.

Posted by: _Colin | December 20, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

intersting poll numbers. The GOP faithful are clearly not excited by any of the contenders.

Posted by: Spectator2 | December 20, 2007 3:58 PM | Report abuse

"It's still a toss-up, any of the top 5 Rs could win the nomination."

I tried to see the data, but the link didn't work. They don't mention Rep Paul; I'm curious if they included him in the survey & if so, what kind of numbers he achieved. If you're going to include Fred as a contender with 10%, how low does Paul have to be to be excluded? Paul has more dough than Thompson or McCain, right? What about Huck?

Posted by: bsimon | December 20, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"Well, looks like everything is breaking Romney's way now that Tancredo has dropped out and endorse Mitt"

bhoomes, I'm not clear why you're so sure of that...

A new FOX poll shows that Rudy Giuliani (20 percent), John McCain (19 percent) and the surging Mike Huckabee (19 percent) are clustered together at the top of the GOP hill--with Mitt Romney (11 percent) and Fred Thompson (10 percent) still within striking distance.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,317672,00.html

It's still a toss-up, any of the top 5 Rs could win the nomination.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | December 20, 2007 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Chris -- I believe that in Montana, Charles Johnson of the Lee Newspapers,primarily Helena Independent Record, is the dean of political coverage.

Posted by: abrogan | December 20, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Tancredo supporters are in the process of caucusing to decide whom to support. The meeting is being held in room 356-B of the Colorado Springs Hampton Inn.

That's the broom closet off the lobby, in case anyone wants to attend.

Posted by: Spectator2 | December 20, 2007 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Tancredo dropped out???

how do you know? was that a few weeks ago?

I will support the nomination of my party.

Posted by: kingofzouk | December 20, 2007 3:29 PM | Report abuse

the moonbat emerges:

this is rich:

CC- I just read yesterday's thread -- which was hijacked all day by a troll who calls himself kingofzouk, who posted every two minutes for 7 hours.


followed by:
Posted by: claudialong | December 20, 2007 08:22 AM
Posted by: claudialong | December 20, 2007 08:27 AM
Posted by: claudialong | December 20, 2007 08:35 AM
Posted by: claudialong | December 20, 2007 08:36 AM


But wait it goes on....

He does this every day, polluting your site with absolute garbage and cites from the National Engquirer and driving away anyone with a brain. He is quite purposefully destroying The Fix.

Here are some choice remarks for those of you without a brain that have not fled yet:

the senile babbller George Will

explain to me why we're there again?

in a sane world, make the media start writing a different storyline - followed by 'absolute garbage and cites '

why bother to talk to bhoomes? He's a proud Know-Nothing. He can only repeat, verbatim, the spin and blather he hears on Fox, he has no original thoughts. You might as well talk to a rock.

More spin, blather, and idiocy

only an hour has gone by with this much vitriol so early in the am

then the repeat posts start
Posted by: claudialong | December 20, 2007 09:30 AM
Posted by: claudialong | December 20, 2007 09:37 AM
Posted by: claudialong | December 20, 2007 09:45 AM
Posted by: claudialong | December 20, 2007 09:52 AM

his violent, mentally disturbed son, whose crimes he covered up while governor

If I were a wacky moonbat Lib I would call for investigation, banishment or most appropriate - electro-shock treatment.

And that folks is the Fix's head stooge Moe. affectionately known as drindl to her group therapy session. never mind the cognitive dissonance. cooling and heating and wet and dry and hurricanes and floods and drought and no hurricanes all verify global warming.

Posted by: kingofzouk | December 20, 2007 3:27 PM | Report abuse

'much like insanity precludes the madman from becoming cognizant of his delirium.'

that's you allright, zouk. a moment of fleeting self-awareness.

From CC's bud and the worst reporter ever, Mark Halperin. If you want a reason why ameican journalism is in the toilet, this is it. a slimy little rightwing gutter gossip like druge is connsidered a legitimate source:

As he does almost every day, Matt Drudge is posting political items on his Drudge Report website, including a marquee one about John McCain and an alleged attempt by the senator to squelch a New York Times story. During the electoral endgame, Drudge's vast influence becomes even greater.

Editors, anchors, executive producers, reporters, and campaigns are instantly aware when Drudge posts something political. And with just days to go before the voting -- with everyone so busy, so tired, so manic, and so vulnerable -- political and media actors are more easily turned chasing in whatever direction Drudge points them. Or, more specifically, in whatever direction Drudge's spoon-feeding sources point them.

Posted by: drindl | December 20, 2007 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"the longer we hold on to a painful yesterday, it's like saying to heaven "See, I'm still trying to heal this. So go slowly on me." and what you do is hold on to this, but the otehr reason is, it gives you belief taht you can control the speed at which change occurs in your life. It's a very conforting thought, altough it's a false one. Because one way or another, these cahnges are going to happen."

Caroline Myss

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | December 20, 2007 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Well, looks like everything is breaking Romney's way now that Tancredo has dropped out and endorse Mitt. KOZ, it's time to get off Rudy's sinking ship and get behind Mitt so we can win this thing in November.

Posted by: vbhoomes | December 20, 2007 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Watch it zouk. If Krish didn't free you, that will. Passed on by enlightened individuals in Texas. Watch it. release your fear and pain

"David got his legs back."

"He did not find the truth of the situation until he was able to forgive and move on. And that was the reward of truth. Truth. Truth. Not the illlusion that was capturing his spirit. but truth."

Stop the lies and propoganda zouk. Help us do the same to the big boys (oreilly rush hannity fox).

I have german blood in my veins (also dutch and native american). Is it my job to fight fascism until it is eliminated from the world? Yes it is. that is what it means to be a christian. that's what this whoel world is. For the children to redemn the father. And for the father to redeam through the children. But to start the process you must understand the past the present and the future. Where you play in the grand sceme of things. We all paint our own small part of the grand mosaic. Make sure your part is of good and justice, peace and love. Or not. But know what you are doing, and why. Otherwise you will be angry for eternity.

God BLess.

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | December 20, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Texas:

Paul Burka is a weasel with personal agendas. He is low-rent compared to

(1) The late Molly Ivins
(2) Semi-retired Austin-American reporter/columnist Dave McNeely
(3) Houston Chronicle's R.G. Ratcliff

Posted by: Stonecreek | December 20, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

for zouk:

"Caroline Myss Lecture Why People Don't Heal Excerpt"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sZKwLoLiaI

Fear and vengance. "And eye for an eye, makes the whole wrold blind"

Ghandi


r

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | December 20, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Still looking for evidence that the Rudy G campaign isn't on an express train to the dustbin of history.

Posted by: Spectator2 | December 20, 2007 2:54 PM | Report abuse

"KOZ continues to give us witty and entertaining postings whether you agree with him or not."

The signal to noise ratio isn't very high, but once in a while the signal is really good. I'm still laughing at the comment about Edwards' alleged love child.

Posted by: bsimon | December 20, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Still looking for the white sheep in the Rodham family.

Posted by: kingofzouk | December 20, 2007 2:49 PM | Report abuse

KOZ continues to give us witty and entertaining postings whether you agree with him or not.

Its only right, if Hillary wants her family vouching for her humanity & character that she gets her brothers out on thr campaign trail with her. Surely she would not put Politics ahead of family unity.

Posted by: vbhoomes | December 20, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Running for president in 1987-88, for the first time in front of a national audience that neither knew nor cared much for his father, Gore performed awkwardly, previewing most of the faults that would mar his campaign in 2000. Given health-care reform in 1993 by her indulgent husband, Hillary ran it into a wall. There is an irony here that may run too deep for sorrow: Gore and Hillary reached the near-top only through the grace of Bill Clinton, who in turn needed them to correct his own flaws. As Smith tells us, the down side of Clinton's mercurial genius was chronic disorder: wholly disorganized, chronically late, unable to close off a meeting or reach a decision, he needed their focused and rigorous intellects to bring him to closure, and make sure his trains ran on time.

But the downside of all of their rigor and order meant that they were also pedantic and boring, slow-moving, and heavy as lead. And moreover, they were utterly tone-deaf as to the effect they were making. Gore thought it was a good idea to leave his seat and awkwardly stalk George W. Bush in the final debate of the 2000 season. Hillary thought people would be appalled by her accusation that Barack Obama planned to be president at age five, in Jakarta. (Which indeed they were -- but at Hillary, not Barack.) And Hillary's cackle -- the harsh, grating 'caw' she unleashes in efforts at levity -- already has reached the iconic stature of Gore's histrionic eye rolling and sighs.

During the campaign in 2000, Bill Clinton supposedly wondered aloud that Gore had gone so far in politics, while being so inept at it. The answer was that he had risen as the son of his father and as Bill Clinton's running mate, just as Hillary rose as Clinton's First Lady, and became a senator as his sympathetic and put-upon wife. And yet, Gore had managed to tie the election, and came, with the grace of the Supreme Court of Florida, within a few dimpled chads of becoming the president. How far can you go while being a really bad politician?

Well, we may be about to find out.

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YWZmNGMxZGI0OGFiMTQ2MThmMmU0NzFiZDMzNTQxYjE=

Posted by: kingofzouk | December 20, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

"we are talking about breeding and background. hillary is from a family of cheats and crooks."


Well, every family has its black sheep. Remember how Obama's family has Dick Cheney?

.

Posted by: bsimon | December 20, 2007 2:46 PM | Report abuse

we are talking about breeding and background. hillary is from a family of cheats and crooks. bill is from the philanderer side of town.

together they are a modern criminal enterprise.

Posted by: kingofzouk | December 20, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

In Mississippi, it's Sid Salter, the political editorial writer for Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

Posted by: rockoff | December 20, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of future elections. Galvin Newsome. Any thoughts. HAte the guy,like him?

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | December 20, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

"I guess sticking with your husband after he did the intern is noble - or maybe just a cold calculation at nepotism and avarice."

I'll give you either of the quoted points, though I'd lean towards the latter. Trying to tarnish her with her brother's problems is not valid criticism. Or in 2012 can we hold George's failures against Jeb?

Posted by: bsimon | December 20, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Neither voters nor pundits in Iowa or New Hampshire deserve the daily media attention they get.
After all, Iowa has less than 1% and New Hampshire less than 1/2% of the total U.S. population. Yet, the media have hyped the coverage of these small and unrepresentative first caucus and primary states and created the perception that they are crucial in making and breaking candidates. Since perception is nowadays more important than reality, Iowa and New Hampshire have an absurd influence on the presidential selection process.
On this, read more at:
http://www.reflectivepundit.com/reflectivepundit/2007/12/the-absurd-role.html

Posted by: bn1123 | December 20, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I guess that reneging on alimony and child support is good breeding in the Dem party. more victims for the government to care for. why can't hillary fix him up with some pardon money?

I guess sticking with your husband after he did the intern is noble - or maybe just a cold calculation at nepotism and avarice.

PT Barnum and slick willie/hillie are from the same school.

Posted by: kingofzouk | December 20, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Some people never learn. McCain apparently is again shocked by "gutter politics" gutting his campaign:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/20/AR2007122001356.html?hpid=moreheadlines

Posted by: Spectator2 | December 20, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

"Physician - heal thyself.

Posted by: kingofzouk | December 20, 2007 01:55 PM
"

I agree zouk. do that.

Start by joining reality. I know blogging how you do makes you giggle like a 11 year old school girl. I'm not here to tell you to change. That would make me a hypocrite. Blog yoru conscience. It shows independant thinkers what you and your party are about. I think it's great. if an independant thinkers reads the internet or watches real news, them listens to people like you. this shows non-dittoheads how lost you people really are. Your numebrs are dwindling zouk. As more and more clones "heal themselves" and acknowledge reality. Join them zouk. Don't stay behind in the cave. Listen to what is going on around. Or get left behind.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegory_of_the_cave

r

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | December 20, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

if anyone is ill bred, it's the serial philanderer from New York. His family tree has more numbers than names on it.

Posted by: Spectator2 | December 20, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

"If you take a backwards, ill-bred hillbilly from the most rural part of America and thrust them into the national spotlight based on some measure of fame, loosly based on no merit, you get the hillary [phenomenon]"

silly boy, Hillary is from Park Ridge, a suburb of Chicago. Her husband is the ill-bred, backwards Arkansan from Hope. Just like the new GOP frontrunner (replacing the serial philanderer from NY)

Posted by: bsimon | December 20, 2007 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Physician - heal thyself.

Posted by: kingofzouk | December 20, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

When Fox's "business news" guy signed off yesterday (December 18, 2007), I thought -- for roughly a planck -- that he might be on to something.

Cavuto promoted his "Common Sense" editorial segment with:

Alright. Well, we are surrendering our freedoms my friends --
one cupcake at a time! I'll explain.
Comment: George Bush has the power to declare you or me an "unlawful enemy combatant" and to detain us, indefinitely, without charge. Meanwhile, Cavuto worries about the "food police"
'

Your propogandists are slowly turning on you zouk. They are being forced to acknowledge reality.

"insanity precludes the madman from becoming cognizant of his delirium."

the first step of solving your mental problems is realizing you have one.

r

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | December 20, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

If you take a backwards, ill-bred hillbilly from the most rural part of America and thrust them into the national spotlight based on some measure of fame, loosly based on no merit, you get the Spears phenomenon. and the hillary one.

although brittany is a good dancer.

Posted by: kingofzouk | December 20, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

"On Monday December 17th, Special Report anchor Brit Hume repeated a story that first appeared in the ultra-conservative New York Sun. The four-page article claimed that there was a lack of outrage at Princeton University following an incident in which Mormon student Francisco Nava was beaten while leading a morality movement protest. Hume noted that the assault occurred several days after threatening emails had been sent to conservative Christians on campus. At first glance, this seemed to be just another in a long line of FOX attacks on the "liberal bias" at "left-wing universities." With video.

However, seventeen minutes after his initial story, Hume was forced to issue a retraction.

It seems that Francisco Nava had invented the whole story and, additionally, was the person responsible for the threatening messages.

Brit Hume decided to air the original story in spite of the fact that the police would not confirm or deny the story when called by FOX.

For its part, the New York Sun issued a half-page update, somewhat less that the four-pages they originally devoted to the story.

"

Poor fox. If it wasn't for facts, they would be the greastest news shows in existance. those pesky facts are always getting in the way of their lies and propoganda.

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | December 20, 2007 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Most everyone at the Tennessee statehouse would name Ken Whitehouse of NashvillePost.com...
http://www.nashvillepost.com/news?search_string=whitehouse
...except maybe The Tennessean's Capitol Hill correspondent. Oh, wait: They don't have one.

Posted by: tom | December 20, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

"Nick Considers Spears Pregnancy Special"

the market speaks, right zouk?

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | December 20, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

nICE. anything for little pieces of paper with little pieces of old dead guys on it. Nevermind the crime. Nevermind she is 16. These people are sick.

"
Nick Considers Spears Pregnancy Special

Dec 20 01:03 PM US/Eastern
By DAVID BAUDER
AP Television Writer


NEW YORK (AP) - Nickelodeon is considering a special for its young audience about sex and love following the news that 16-year-old "Zoey 101" star Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant.
The television network has made no announcement about the future of "Zoey 101," its popular program aimed primarily at youngsters aged 9- 14. Filming for the show's fourth and final season has finished, and episodes are scheduled to begin airing in February.

"

Now how is indoctrinating kids. Anyone see o'reilly with the kid who is suing his teacher for "anti-religous" teachings? Bill's idea is to have every student with a tape recorder. If he or another right wing fascist doesn't like it, he will lay out the punishment. he now makes teachers agenda. No board of education. No teachers association. Bill O'Reilly and his movement are not forcing teacher agendas using threats of lawsuit.

Free speech? only for gop. Since when did fascist right wing propogandists tell teachers how to teach? What country is this?

Contact the california teachers assoc. and ask them to take a stand in the james corbit case at capistrano valley high in mission viejo ca. this is getting insane now.

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | December 20, 2007 1:42 PM | Report abuse

insanity precludes the madman from becoming cognizant of his delirium.


rufas in a "nut" shell

Posted by: kingofzouk | December 20, 2007 1:35 PM | Report abuse

"suffers from an alarming deficiency of scruples; the kind of scruples that would prompt an ordinary person to abstain from crossing certain boundaries of civility and decor, not to mention the law, lest higher principles like integrity, dignity and self-respect are compromised in the process. Intellectual honesty would yield to the latter assessment."

you fascists have bal*s, to say this after bush. I'll give you that. that's all you people got. Brave on the internet. Enlist brave zouk. Please enlist

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | December 20, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I consider myself to be modern progressive male but if we have a large chuck of women who are just voting for Hillary because she is a woman, then I believe we should give serious consideration to repealing the X1X amendment to the constitution. To vote for or against anybody because of their gender/race or religion is the most simplistic, moronic vote that could possibly be made.

Posted by: vbhoomes | December 20, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

New Jersey: John Farmer - Newark Star-Ledger

Posted by: xshelteringskyx | December 20, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

For those who are aware of Mrs. Clinton's notoriety, a careful analysis of how she has typically conducted her affairs in the past and in more recent times may only yield two possible scenarios; either Hillary R. Clinton is an extremely fortunate and fecklessly naïve individual who has been serendipitously favored by the indifferent hand of luck in most of her financial and political endeavors, or she is a very smart and calculating woman, with a commendable sense of ambition, who -- much like her husband -- suffers from an alarming deficiency of scruples; the kind of scruples that would prompt an ordinary person to abstain from crossing certain boundaries of civility and decor, not to mention the law, lest higher principles like integrity, dignity and self-respect are compromised in the process. Intellectual honesty would yield to the latter assessment.

Ironically, the deceitful person usually ends up deceiving herself in the process, to the point that she is unable to discover her own state of ignorance, precisely because her state of being deceived necessarily precludes her from recognizing her predicament, much like insanity precludes the madman from becoming cognizant of his delirium.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2007/12/hillary_bonhoeffer_and_the_mea.html

Look at that last paragraph - describes clinton and drindl. what a magnificent economy of words.

Posted by: kingofzouk | December 20, 2007 1:21 PM | Report abuse

'a disclosure that could prove embarrassing for his sister, Anthony Rodham has stiffed his former wife, Nicole Boxer, out of $75,000 in child support, as well as $55,000 in alimony, a source close to the case said. '

well, sounds like he's been taking lessons from Rudy Guiliani and Newt Gingrich....

Posted by: drindl | December 20, 2007 1:20 PM | Report abuse

My best friend at Rice, Bob Hill, now a columnist for the Louisville Courier, had to guard the great All-American, Paul Silas, when Rice lost to Creighton. Silas really went off on us and Burka, sportswriter for the "Rice Thresher" said our team "didn't try."

To which I still say "You try to guard Silas you loud fart!"

Posted by: mark_in_austin | December 20, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

There's a few political reporters in Michigan but probably the most influentical would be Tim Skubick.

Posted by: Joshmsu | December 20, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

In Vermont, my former boss Chris Graff at AP was the state's top reporter for several decades. He's still in VT, at National Life last I checked. Although he's not reporting, he's still the institutional memory. Peter Freyne of the alt weekly Seven Days is the widely-read veteran reporter whose column and blog are required reading. There are others whom I haven't kept up with as closely.

In Wisconsin, my former colleague David Callender of The Capital Times is a veteran state Capitol reporter who knows this state inside and out. Can't forget Steven Walters of the Journal Sentinel in Milwaukee.

Posted by: aaronnathans | December 20, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Hold a grudge much mark? What did he do?

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | December 20, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

the trailer trash candidate and her family:

a disclosure that could prove embarrassing for his sister, Anthony Rodham has stiffed his former wife, Nicole Boxer, out of $75,000 in child support, as well as $55,000 in alimony, a source close to the case said.

Posted by: kingofzouk | December 20, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Its 78F and sunny and breezy as I sit on the deck at Mangia's eating a turkey and provolone sandwich and listening to the faint strains of "The Pretenders".

Spectator, that Kane cite is well worth the time, I agree.

JEP, I think losers get that buckle at rodeos.

Ignoring the "importance/self-importance"
implications of CC's blog, there has been a turnover in coverage of the Lege in TX [no McNally, no Ivins] and the only blogger of note is Paul Burka, Burkablog, found at www.TexasMonthly.com.

Now I can never forgive Paul for something he did 45 years ago, but that does not detract from his blog being a lively exchange of news Texan.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | December 20, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I stand corrected. Today, MN Post is announcing that Eric Black has joined the MN Post, including the eric black ink blog.

http://www.minnpost.com/stories/2007/12/20/425/eric_black_joins_minnpost

Posted by: bsimon | December 20, 2007 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Texas

Paul Burka, Texas Monthly columnist/blogger

Posted by: kaylubbock | December 20, 2007 12:57 PM | Report abuse

In the Bay Area, you have to list the team of Phil Matier and Andrew Ross, of the San Francisco Chronicle. They are all over the Northern California political scene. Politicians respect them, civil servants fear them, and everybody reads them. Matier also does political reporting for local newsradio and television.

Posted by: tkh602 | December 20, 2007 12:57 PM | Report abuse

steve kraske---missouri and kansas

Posted by: Bootenany | December 20, 2007 12:57 PM | Report abuse

For California, I'd suggest Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee (at least as far as statewide legislative and gubernatorial politics -- not local politics in L.A. or S.F.).

Posted by: sofen | December 20, 2007 12:57 PM | Report abuse

And before proud says it's not her responsiblity to hold them to account. Well, who's is it? You would cry and complain if the government does it. So who?

That is why the nation is in the deep water we are. The right is unable to hold their own to account. they build them up to much, they are unable to look through a non-partisan lense. These fascists clown propogandists for profit are worshipped as God's to these people. They pray and think more about rush and o'reilly and fox than they do anything else. And everything falls by the wayside. They have sold their soul. For what? HAte rage? What does rush o'reilly and fox give them they cannot have on their own?

Nothing, but hate and fear. They are to lost to see. I'll ree you guys proud. Don't worry. It's only a matter of time. These people can't destroy our coutnry with immunity forever.

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | December 20, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

'The voiceover continues: "People are deciding that the truth counts, that leadership takes a steady hand, a steal spine, a cool head, an honest heart. We'll need wisdom and judgment. This world can be made safer, for our nation and our families. It's time to choose a president."

Biden has a new ad--but jeez, look at this. ABC news can't spell or proofread. A 'steal' spine? I see this stuff all the time now. Apparently 'journailists' are becoming illiterate.

and look at this -- it makes my skin crawl. Anyone here ever read Elmer Gantry? Huckabee is frightening... worse than bush. He claims that his rise in the polls is a miracle from God: Amazing hubris and breathtaking blasphemy:

'A new Washington Post-ABC News poll suggests that Huckabee is winning the holy war. He's jumped to a lead of 35 percent to 27 percent in Iowa, almost entirely because of his enormous advantage, 57 percent to 19 percent, among evangelicals. "There's only one explanation for it, and it's not a human one," Huckabee said recently of his rise in the polls. "It's the same power that helped a little boy with two fish and five loaves feed a crowd of 5,000 people.'

Posted by: drindl | December 20, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

spectator2, great link to the Paul Kane chat. Here's what he said about the GOP field:

"The GOP field, from where I sit in the Capitol, is far more fascinating than the Democrats. That's because the best funded candidates among Republicans, Romney and Giuliani, also are the candidates with the most political downside and potential to quickly flame out. So, if Romney does terribly in the early states, yes, he has the personal finances to keep on going but at what cost? If his campaign is going nowhere, he won't just stay in the race. And Mayor Rudy has the same problem. It seems that Huckabee or McCain, if one wins Iowa and the other New Hampshire, could ride media publicity alone into Florida and Feb. 5. We could have a situation where finances aren't determinative at all. That fascinates me."

I'm starting to think he's onto something. Between Romney's positions of convenience & the ongoing questions about Giuliani's social positions, not to mention ethics, I could see the battle coming down to McCain & Huck.

Posted by: bsimon | December 20, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

"the biggest hater on the radio is Michael Savage. He is a vile, loathsome little man.

Posted by: Spectator2 | December 20, 2007 12:45 PM
"

Yeah. Forgot savage. and drudge. and kristol malkin and beck. Am I missing anyone? who on the left lies to any of these people's extent? The left reports news and the destruction of the laws that held this country for centuries. The left are trying to save this coutnry from the above. I can name gop fascist hate-merchant propogandists all day long. Who on the left, gop?

now you know why the gop is done. It's not the liberals or democrats fault. If the gop wants to blaem soemone, they need to look in the mirror. If they want the gop irrelevant for 30 years they are doing great. If the right does not want this they must show the american people by doing something abou tit. Not mokcing people's hatred of these people, and rightfully so. If the gop wants to stick around they must remove fox and the rest of teh fascist lying propogandists mentioned above. Start there. We can start to build as a nation. if the gop is unwilling to do that. If they want to continue this war, that is THEIR choice. But don;t whine cry and complain if that is the choice you choose. MAke the bed you lay in.

r

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | December 20, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

"I knew the mere mention of his name would send the resident foamers into spasms. Look, I called him delusional but that isn't good enough for you people."

that's not enough proud. You can call him the king of france. what is important is that he is not allowed to do what he does. incite violence agaisnt americans. race bait, divide teh americans people for ratings, lie and mislead the elderly.

it's not enough to know he is a lying propogndists. You got to do something about it. Are liberals keeping him on the air? Fox? Hannity? O'Reilly? Coulter? Malkin? SAvage?

no. It's not enough to call them lying fascists. If that's so, what does that make your movment? If he's dylusional, what does that say about their followers? Who is more crazy? The crazy man or the crazy man who follows? i say the latter

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | December 20, 2007 12:46 PM | Report abuse

the biggest hater on the radio is Michael Savage. He is a vile, loathsome little man.

Posted by: Spectator2 | December 20, 2007 12:45 PM | Report abuse

In South Carolina, Its Me! Its Me! Its Me! As I look to the heavens dancing like Charlie Brown. I Just Kidding, But we do Cover South Carolina Politics as we are based in Columbia. We also travel the Southeast to cover debates. Give us a look sometime http://www.politisite.com I love the Fix even though we don't always agree. Thanks Chris for your good work.

Posted by: politisite | December 20, 2007 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I knew the mere mention of his name would send the resident foamers into spasms. Look, I called him delusional but that isn't good enough for you people. It take all of his opinions cum magnum granus salis, fyi. But he is a lot more entertaining than some...for pete's sake, if I listened to only Garrison Keeler, or Mara Liason on the 60 mile daily drive I'd go into a coma and run my Subaru into the ditch.

dufus, untie your ambilical [sic] cord from around your neck and maybe the oxygen will get up to your brain.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | December 20, 2007 12:40 PM | Report abuse

As a subscriber to Yepsen's once Pultizer prize winning paper, The Des Moines Register, I can say with some authority that Yepsen is mainly a legend in his own mind.

He seldom reflects more than his own biases. And, the Register's clout is diminishing by the day. Sorry, CC, but your idol worship is misplaced.

http://whathappenedtomycountry.blogspot.com

Posted by: Truth_Hunter | December 20, 2007 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know where we can order one of those belt buckles?

Posted by: JEP7 | December 20, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

"North Dakotans used to listen to one person, and one person only: Tom Sczymanksi. Until he got yanked off the air prematurely...was it the booze?

All I gotta say is thank God for satellite radio, by which even we in the frozen tundra can listen to a wide variety of pundits, NPR, even Rush Limbaugh. You know, Grandpa always said that fat, delusional, and hopped up on goofballs is no way to go through life, but Rush proves the old guy wrong in his every lib-baiting soliloquy. He is to syndicated talk radio what Sirhan Sirhan is to redundantly named assassins.

Other than that, there's some guy named Matt with a ND politics blog. woohoo.


Posted by: proudtobeGOP | December 20, 2007 11:56 AM
"

you just illustrated the problem. Clones, followers dittoheads. Break the chains proud. Start thinking for yourself. Better start now. It may be thrust on you. What if you external masters didn't exist? Who would you live for? Who would do your thinking for you? Better to cut the ambilical cord and start thinking for yourself. Your avatars are done, it's a matter of when. They have done so much damage. Tiem to take the power from the few lying propognadists on your side and put it back in the hands of the american people.

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | December 20, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse

LP writes
"Rudy was hospitalized last night and remains there for "Flu like symptoms.""

I thought Rudy was already out of the MO hospital. That is the event that triggered the thought; coupled with his withdrawl from the 2000 Senate race.

Posted by: bsimon | December 20, 2007 12:31 PM | Report abuse

'the haters on the left'

you listen to limbaugh and you dare to talk about hate?

why a woman with any self-respect would listen to a man who hates women as much he does amazes me.

Posted by: drindl | December 20, 2007 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"drindl, despite your shotgun-like spite filled remarks toward any and all conservatives on a daily basis it remains to be seen whether the haters on the left such as yourself can sway enough voters with your bile to get a win in '08.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | December 20, 2007 12:26 PM
"

did it help you guys? In regards to hating clinton over a bj? Everythinng the current gop has is due to clinton hating. Who is more wothy of that hate? i say bush, but I am one man

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | December 20, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

bsimon: FYI, Rudy was hospitalized last night and remains there for "Flu like symptoms."

Posted by: lylepink | December 20, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Everyone: Check out the transcript of Paul Kane's chat this morning. He covers the Hill for the Post. Amazing inside baseball questions to which he provided in-depth, insightful answers. Maybe the best chat I've seen on here.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2007/12/16/DI2007121601819.html

Posted by: Spectator2 | December 20, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

drindl, despite your shotgun-like spite filled remarks toward any and all conservatives on a daily basis it remains to be seen whether the haters on the left such as yourself can sway enough voters with your bile to get a win in '08.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | December 20, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

"No doubt. I'm wondering if some kind of minor illness will 'force' him to drop out of the race."

Does anyone think that either Rudy or Mittens, in their worst nightmares, thought they would be run off the road by a backwoods former fatboy preacher from the same hometown as Bill Clinton?

Posted by: Spectator2 | December 20, 2007 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Time magazine also speculates about the Giuliani campaign. Their headline asks if his campaign is in freefall...

http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1697061,00.html

Posted by: bsimon | December 20, 2007 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Okay,I will remind you, under Saddam Hussein, Iraq was a nation/state that wanted to do us harm and it would had been only a matter of time before he hooked up with muslim extremist in an effort to kill us at home'

bhoomes, you poor deluded fool. all these years and you still beleive that crap? where in your deluded mind did you come up with idea that i called our troops 'nazis' --what radio station are your fillings tuned into?

the actual wabbhist [a fundamental sect Islam, try to keep it striaght] who attacked --WHO ACTUALLY ATTACKED US AND PLANS TO DO IT AGAIN -- is osama bin ladin, happily living and planning in Pakistan, where he will no doubt get his hands soon on pakistan's loose nukes. so why are we in iraq? OIL OIL OIL.... that's all. the iraqis don't want us there --- saddam is long dead -- so WHY ARE WE STILL THERE?

I knew you listened to Linbaugh, proud -- you parrot so much of his propaganda. You're right about one thing, though. Limbaugh can be compared to Sirhan Sirhan in a number of ways. He lives every minute of his life for hatred, bile and attacking democrats, when he's not too busy spitting on women.

Posted by: drindl | December 20, 2007 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jillzimon | December 20, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Chris - I wrote about this article here.

My objection to the article about Yepsen is its hook and lede related as suggesting that we're about to read a story about a "blogging Iowa newsman" and a "new journalism" guy. I went looking for the blog link - easn't in the WaPo piece, found it on my own and discovered that since October, he's only blogged nine times - in more than two months.

Now - you produce a huge quantity of material. And in your post here, you don't refer to this hook and lede that the WaPo pushes in the beginning of the article.

But I think it should be noted: readers were misguided by the title and beginning. Yepsen may be deserving of the profile, but as a political blogger (now of the defunct Plain Dealer Wide Open experiment), I was very, very unhappy with the WaPo headline and lede.

So - I give you credit for not trying to reel in readers with the blogging/new journalism moniker, but I'm a little disappointed at the referral nevertheless. I would like to know if you're allowed to critique a WaPo piece by saying that it's not so much about where his work appears but that it has influence whereever it is - or something that gives a nod to the mistakes in the original?

Posted by: jillzimon | December 20, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Tom Tancredo is rumored to be dropping out today. Who will be the beneficiary of that 2% I wonder? Fred Thompson prolly.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | December 20, 2007 12:05 PM | Report abuse

LV writes
"The stench of a loser is starting to attach itself to Rudy"

No doubt. I'm wondering if some kind of minor illness will 'force' him to drop out of the race.

Posted by: bsimon | December 20, 2007 12:02 PM | Report abuse

The data at hand demands a change in the header: "Fix Pick: The Most Self-Important Man in Iowa?"

Posted by: judgeccrater | December 20, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

North Dakotans used to listen to one person, and one person only: Tom Sczymanksi. Until he got yanked off the air prematurely...was it the booze?

All I gotta say is thank God for satellite radio, by which even we in the frozen tundra can listen to a wide variety of pundits, NPR, even Rush Limbaugh. You know, Grandpa always said that fat, delusional, and hopped up on goofballs is no way to go through life, but Rush proves the old guy wrong in his every lib-baiting soliloquy. He is to syndicated talk radio what Sirhan Sirhan is to redundantly named assassins.

Other than that, there's some guy named Matt with a ND politics blog. woohoo.


Posted by: proudtobeGOP | December 20, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Okay,I will remind you, under Saddam Hussein, Iraq was a nation/state that wanted to do us harm and it would had been only a matter of time before he hooked up with muslim extremist in an effort to kill us at home. Its was a risk we just could not afford to take after 911. Please thank their brave men & women who volunteered to help make us all safe. No, calling them Nazi's is not my idea of thanking them.

Posted by: vbhoomes | December 20, 2007 11:54 AM | Report abuse

"Great role models. them and republican hilton, for girls. Great values."

Put hilton and spears next to Anne coulter and little repbulcains girls hav a lot to look up to.

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | December 20, 2007 11:53 AM | Report abuse

"CLAIM: Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed 'Man-Made Global Warming' in 2007... "

zouk they're talking about you today. Congrats. Give us insght. How much do the oil companies pay you guys?

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | December 20, 2007 11:49 AM | Report abuse

The stench of a loser is starting to attach itself to Rudy:

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2007/12/20/sinking_giuliani_looks_past_nh/

Posted by: Spectator2 | December 20, 2007 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I don't know if there is such a person in this market (MN), particularly with all the media shake-ups going on lately. Possibly Doug Grow, now of www.minnpost.com, or Eric Black, now of the MN Monitor and www.ericblackink.com, or the elder statesman of local broadcast media, Don Shelby of WCCO TV & Radio.

Posted by: bsimon | December 20, 2007 11:33 AM | Report abuse

opps nickaloden. Same thing. Is it me or are those channels getting more sexual as it is? Naked brothers band? What the heck is that?

The gop playing to the retile brain. Sex violence lack of accountabilty.

Anyone ever read the book "The Watchmen"? A super hero goes to his lair and turns on all the tv stations. he says just that.

"Subtle sexual referances. Lack of accountabiltiy. Violence. War is coming".

They are not as dumb as they appear.

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | December 20, 2007 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Well said claduia. they met at church. the are part of the republcain broadcasting Disney channel. Great role models. them and republican hilton, for girls. Great values. They must have spent the summer with larry craig. :)

Just kidding. Save your insults. A bad joke

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | December 20, 2007 11:29 AM | Report abuse

In politics-mad Rhode Island, it's M. Charles "Charlie" Bakst at the Providence Journal. I haven't lived in RI for over 20 years and I still enjoy his columns.

Posted by: Spectator2 | December 20, 2007 11:24 AM | Report abuse

A trillion dollars and 4000 american dead and god know how many maimed, and here's the gratitude of the Iraqis:

'Iraqis of all sectarian and ethnic groups believe that the U.S. military invasion is the primary root of the violent differences among them, and see the departure of "occupying forces" as the key to national reconciliation, according to focus groups conducted for the U.S. military last month.'

remind me, why are we there agian?

Posted by: drindl | December 20, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

In Illinois, it's Rich Miller

Posted by: bewinick | December 20, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Hate to break the news to you CC, but you guys are not that important. Pick another subject that your bloggers might care about. Thanks

Posted by: vbhoomes | December 20, 2007 11:15 AM | Report abuse

In Ohio--it is the Cleveland Plain Dealer's former full-time journalist and now occassional columnist Tom Suddes. Suddes is finishing up a PhD at Ohio University but he knows the state's politics like nobody else. He might not be influential but he knows the Buckeye State.

Posted by: jb326200 | December 20, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Adam Smith of the St. Pete Times is a rising star in my home state of Florida.
http://opinion.tampabay.com/smith/

Unlike some political pundits...ahem...he doesn't take himself or his craft too seriously.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl | December 20, 2007 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Masonogle is right. Yepsen's influence is mostly among the non-Iowa chattering classes, to whom this state is a prairie wasteland, and maybe a few dozen people in Des Moines. Outside this group not many people pay attention to what he says. If Yepsen's known for anything in Iowa it's for being a conservative anti-tax zealot. Ask Gilbert Cranberg at niemanwatch.org about Yepsen.

Posted by: iowegian | December 20, 2007 11:09 AM | Report abuse

In Nevada, it's Jon Ralston.

Posted by: veggieatty | December 20, 2007 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I had to post this, it so succintly displays in two short paragrahs, almsot everything that is wrong with america today. Oh, btw, it has nothing to do with 'liberals.' Sorry, these folks are 'christian conservatives.'

'Britney Spears' younger sister Jamie Lynn Spears has announced in OK! Magazine that she is pregnant. Meanwhile her mom Lynne Spears' book on Christian parenting, due in Spring 2008, has been indefinitely delayed.

Us Weekly reports Jamie Lynn's father - Lynne's ex-husband Jamie - is "furious" that mother and daughter sold their story to OK! and "devastated" at the news that his youngest child is pregnant. Jamie Lynn supposedly got a $1 million back-end deal for the interview and a planned photo shoot after the baby is born.'

Posted by: drindl | December 20, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse

"Most. Obstructionist. Ever.
By: Steve Benen @ 5:01 PM - PST For quite a while, many of us have wondered whether Republican officials in Washington have any apparent talents at all. Governing is clearly not their strong suit, but are they completely without skills?

Absolutely not. The 49-member Senate Republican minority has done something no Senate minority in American history has ever done: they've filibustered more bills than any Congress ever has -- and they broke the record with a full year to spare.

The latest came this morning, when the Senate GOP filibustered an omnibus budget bill, the 62nd Republican filibuster since the 110th Congress began in January.

"In just one session, a minority in Congress has prevented a mind-blowing 62 pieces of legislation from going to the floor for an up or down vote," said Campaign for America's Future co-director Roger Hickey. "Our report shows how over and over again, the uncompromising minority has thwarted the will of majorities in Congress and of the American people, holding the Senate floor hostage to a radical right-wing agenda." [...]

Eric Lotke, Campaign for America's Future research director and lead author of the new report, calls the obstruction a "deliberate strategy." He observes that the congressional Republicans block legislation, then blame the Democrats for getting nothing done. "It's like mugging the postman and then complaining that the mail isn't delivered on time."
"

R

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | December 20, 2007 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Being from the Show-Me State, Bill McClellan, Slyvester Brown, and Jo Mannes are the political columnists for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. They do a very good job but tend to view liberal issues only. By the way, I enjoyed reading CC's story today. He is just tryng to get feedback from fellow Fixers.

Posted by: rogden71 | December 20, 2007 10:44 AM | Report abuse

You're not doing Yepsen's bloated ego any favors. The man already believes he is the most important person in Iowa--more important than the legislators who have the constitutional responsibility to determine who has the right to vote in the caucuses. Yepsen thinks he knows better and college students shouldn't vote because he says so. How sad is that: a political reporter who doesn't trust democracy.

Posted by: bprittenhouse | December 20, 2007 10:27 AM | Report abuse

"Live in a state where one political reporter (or political pundit) dominates the landscape?"

Does anyone? Masongle states that no one in Iowa lives in such a state.

Posted by: judgeccrater | December 20, 2007 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Although I am a fan of Yepsen, I feel that the national media overstates his impact on Iowans. Iowa is a state that does not have a large metropolitan area and its population is more evenly spread across the state than is true with most states. Since the Gannett Co. bought the Des Moines Register, this paper has shrunk its coverage area. Most people in the stae live in areas where the Register is not available for daily delivery. Thus most people in the state read the papers from Omaha, Cedar Rapids, the Quad Cities, Dubuque, Sioux City, or other cities and towns. Iowans tend not to be influenced so much about endorsements or opinions from columnists. I would venture that most people who will attend the caucuses have heard in person most of the major contenders for their party's nomination

Posted by: Masongle | December 20, 2007 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Sadly, Yepsen lets his HRC leaning show through on his blog.
I have enjoyed reading him when he is good and fair rather than doing the Hillary cheer.
This can color his ability to accurately see what is going on with the voters.

Posted by: vwcat | December 20, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Fred Dicker in New York is well regarded and has reported on New York state politics for many years at the Times Union and WROW in Albany.

Posted by: rdklingus | December 20, 2007 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Yawn. This is a good demonstration of the utter vapidity, vanity, and self-importance of the punditry. They fancy themselves to be kingmakers.

* Yepsen wears a brass belt that reads "Newsman." AWESOME.*

Are you serious? Are you still in junior high? This must be satire or something. No wonder 'journalism' today stinks so much.

Posted by: drindl | December 20, 2007 9:42 AM | Report abuse

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