It’s less than eleven months until the Nevada caucuses. The Nevada caucuses? That’s right, Sagebrush State Democrats have moved their contest to January 19, tucked in between the January 14 Iowa caucuses and the January 22 New Hampshire primary, the races that have traditionally kicked off the race for the major party nominations. That means that Nevada has entered into the long-term relationship with the candidates that Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina have suffered through in the past, and yesterday in Carson City the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees hosted eight of the Democratic presidential hopefuls at the first event of its kind this cycle.
The format was reminiscent of speed-dating, with each candidate making his case to the assembled union-members with a few minutes of opening comments, three questions from George Stephanopoulos (one of which was taken from an audience member), and then a few more minutes of closing statements.
In this room, the clear star was John Edwards, whose union-pandering went down smooth with the audience; Edwards received the most enthusiastic applause of any of the candidates when he took the stage. And the nightmare that would come from handing the foreign policy steering wheel to the Democratic grassroots was in full display: The crowd cheered every call for precipitous withdrawal from Iraq, and for Dennis Kucinich’s claim that the Bush administration is “trying to steal the oil that belongs to the people of Iraq,” but greeted Joe Biden with dead silence when he explained to them that a quick withdrawal without a plan (Biden favors a soft partition) would be a disaster.p>While Barack Obama skipped the forum, pleading a scheduling conflict, Obama’s ghost seemed to dominate the event. The news of the day concerned a press-release battle between Obama’s campaign and Hillary Clinton’s campaign triggered by comments that Obama-supporter David Geffen reported in Maureen Dowd’s New York Times column. Among other caustic remarks, Geffen told Dowd that while “[e]verybody in politics lies,” the Clintons “do it with such ease, it’s troubling.” Howard Wolfson, a spokesman for the Clinton campaign, released this statement: br> /p>
While Senator Obama was denouncing slash and burn politics yesterday, his campaign’s finance chair was viciously and personally attacking Senator Clinton and her husband.br> As Arianna Huffington pointed out , though, Geffen isn’t part of Obama’s campaign; he merely co-hosted one Obama fundraiser. Obama’s communications director Robert Gibbs, shot back: br>
If Senator Obama is indeed sincere about his repeated claims to change the tone of our politics, he should immediately denounce these remarks, remove Mr. Geffen from his campaign and return his money.
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