Saturday, January 5, 2008


During the Iowa campaign most of the candidates pushed themselves to the limit. At midnight on New Year’s Day John Edwards spoke in the town of Atlantic. Then he had stops at 2:15 a.m. and 5:15 a.m. (We wonder how many people were up and about to listen to him at those hours.) This kind of blitzkrieg campaigning left the candidates bleary-eyed and prone to blunders.

Barack Obama mistakenly said the death toll from tornadoes in Kansas last May was 10,000. In fact only 12 died. At one point Bill Richardson said that homosexuality was a choice, when he meant to say the opposite. Mitt Romney promised that he wouldn’t remember Iowans. He meant to say that he wouldn’t forget them. On New Year’s Day Hillary Clinton said people outside were literally freezing to death. No one actually died from the cold weather.

The old guys are showing more common sense about over-extending themselves. John McCain said he tries to get five or six hours of sleep a night. Democratic candidate Carl Perrin goes further. He tries to get seven or eight hours sleep at night and take a nap in the afternoon. That’s why you won’t hear any of those embarrassing gaffes from Perrin.

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