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Republicans Recount, Recalibrate

Friday, January 20, 2012

Gail Collins, New York Times op-ed columnist and author of William Henry Harrison: The American President Series: The 9th President, 1841, talks about the revised Iowa results and the end of Rick Perry's campaign.

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Comments [13]

Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Please name one media venue that didn't play the Mitt quote "Tonight, we made history, my friends..." after the NH Primary. So the Iowa win mattered.

Jan. 20 2012 02:58 PM
claire from Manhattan

Great segment. Very smart lady, who manages to bring a wonderful sense and balance and really great laugh to the inanity of this whole parade. Big addition to the discussion. To any listeners who take her too lightly, don't be deceived by her light touch -- those rippling waters run very deep.

Please keep bringing her back! I'm now a new convert -- and most definitely not a member of the media.

Jan. 20 2012 01:53 PM
SamieJ

Might one inquire what it is, exactly, that Gail Collins brings to this discourse? Uncommon insight? Uncanny predictive accuracy? Even forgetting the inane laughter, Does Ms. Collins have any attractions beyond the prestige of having, inexplicably, held high level positions at NYT?

Is there anyone outside the media who considers Ms. Collins worth listening to?

Jan. 20 2012 11:58 AM
fuva from Harlemworld

This is silly. OF COURSE it would have mattered if Santorum was rightfully declared the winner -- even if only by a few votes -- with all kinds of beneficial ripple effects for him. He was robbed. (And I'm no supporter cuz he's a loser.)

The primary schedule should rotate every year, giving every state a chance at "first" influence.

Jan. 20 2012 11:57 AM
SB from NJ

I've always been a left-of-center voter, but listening to Gail Collins reminds my why I would never want myself described as a "liberal." Her condescending, smarter-than-thou attitude towards Republicans and any place in the U.S. outside of NYC would be humorous if it wasn't so pathetic.

Perhaps she's so busy laughing at those evangelical country bumpkins in Iowa (as she apparently sees them) that she's forgotten problems with vote counting, missing voting machines, etc. here in the tri-state area?

And did she ever sarcastically dissect Barack Obama's lack of managerial or Federal government experience in the 2008 campaign?

Despite what Ms. Collins says, but it's not the population of Iowa that makes it unrepresentative; it's the caucus system in the state that means that it's primarily the hard-core devotees (from both parties) that take the time to attend and vote in caucuses.

Yes, Iowa gets too much sway in elections. But so does New Hampshire-- did Collins make the same complaints about the NH primary, and fret about how unrepresentative *that* state is, especially with its tiny number of electoral votes?

Jan. 20 2012 11:52 AM
GJ from NYC

Becky - agreed. Was it really that funny?

Jan. 20 2012 11:45 AM
Nick from UWS

Brian's and Gail Collin's lofty, repellent, fatuous and condescending laughter at Herman Cain's perfectly reasonable assertion that the people of the US should be running this country rather than big government and corporations shows how corrupted the intellect of this station has become. Disgusting.

Jan. 20 2012 11:29 AM
Amy from Manhattan

The constant about Gingrich is his ego? I thought it was lying.

Jan. 20 2012 11:23 AM
Michael from NJ

Maybe those who champion the enactment of stricter voter laws should consider spending their time and efforts dealing with back-offic­e ballot management issues.

Seems like this is where demonstrab­le threats to democracy exist.

Jan. 20 2012 11:18 AM
The Truth from Becky

The insane laughing is annoying. The tax return reveal should be interesting.

Jan. 20 2012 11:11 AM
Joe from Bayside

A little side note that Ms. Collins may want to discuss in re the Romneys: David Brooks' op-ed piece today about Mtt mentioned that his father was born in Mexico. Is this true? If so then how did he run for president? I don't remember that being an issue. Why do Republicans harass Obama about this but were mum about their own party's candidate? Oh, wait, I think I know why.

Jan. 20 2012 10:39 AM
Joe Mirsky from Pompton Lakes NJ

$375,000 in speaking fees aren't a lot. He has to rub our noses in it. The problem isn't that he's rich. It's that he's a rich jerk.

Jan. 20 2012 10:12 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

'Romney Riches Are Being Seen as New Hurdle'

....Said our guest's New York Times yesterday. Success now disqualifies you from public office in this newest perverse version of political correctness.

(Gee, they never ran this headline when Democrat John Kerry ran in 2004 and his wife’s money, 750 million, would have made him the 2nd richest modern President after Democrat JFK.)

Henceforth, we only elect the losers and slackers who were never quite made it. We want the least capable to be our leaders. LOL, Plato would be rolling over in his grave.

The WNYC listeners who post here....you may now commence your campaigns.

Jan. 20 2012 07:10 AM

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