'Tis the Season to Run for President

Monday, November 26, 2007

Mark Halperin, editor-at-large and senior political analyst for Time Magazine and author of The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008, on how candidates fared over the holiday weekend.


Mark Halperin

Comments [34]

Paul from Brooklyn

Democratic debate? LOL

Maybe you guys didn't get the memo. Hillary Clinton was chosen as our next president 3 years ago by private interests. You think they are counting our votes? LOL

Nov. 27 2007 03:10 AM
Michael from Brooklyn from Brooklyn

I guess my take is a little different.

If the trick is a civil public discourse, it might be worth it to take a minute to figure out what we mean by civility. While surfing around today I found the Institute for Civility in Government.

They say.."Civility is claiming and caring for one's identity, needs and beliefs without degrading someone else's in the process."

I consider myself in the progressive camp, but fuming, spouting etc while it is fun and understandable, doesn't really move the discussion forward.

Nov. 26 2007 03:01 PM
Carl Mezoff from Stamford, CT

Brian, (Your show is as good as it gets -- and every bit as good as Diane Rehm's, IMHO!)

Please do a segment (or hit it again, if you feel you have already done one) on the nexus of

*World oil supply peaking
*Global warming
*Drought in Atlanta
*Population and sustainability

In my opinion (and in that of many others) excess world population is the underlying driver for nearly all of the major global problems, but gets virtually no mention in the popular media, or is considered a taboo subject, because of abortion/right-to-life/racism issues. For instance, population control attempts in China are widely considered to be criminal (which because of their methods, probably are).

If I could ask each candidate three questions, they would be along the lines,

1) "Do you recognize that the population of the United States cannot grow infinitely?"

2) "If your answer to #1 was yes, what do you believe is the approximate optimum population level for the United States?" (By "optimum," I mean a level that allows for sustainable, decent living conditions for most of the population - enough water, food, space for each person.)

3) "What measures would you take to be sure that the population does not exceed that optimum level?

Nov. 26 2007 02:13 PM
Styra Avins from Western New Jersey

What I would like to know is why it took Mark H. so long to figure out that campaign hoopla is just so much hot air? Personally I only read or listen to the kind of reporting he's been doing by chance, when I can't avoid it.
Is it really a revelation to Mark H that the candidates' take on the issues are what matter, and their record of what they have done in the past? This is really depressing.
I'm hoping you will do a program on something called Project Vote Smart, an organization that has been compiling information on candidates' actions, sources of money, and other relevant information. They have now put on line information about every elected official in Washington and in state government.
Thanks for your program, one of the fixtures in my life.
Styra Avins

Nov. 26 2007 12:38 PM
Paulo from Paterson, New Jersey

Well, I think the Dems interpretted his support as being useful because he wasn't one of their people. Of course, I think his credibility is seriously in question... not just because torture was carried out under his watch, but because he tried to weasel his way out of it.

Nov. 26 2007 11:12 AM

Your points are well taken, but it happened on his watch, so he is responsible. That's what chain of command is about. The fact that Rumsfeld may have outmanoeuvered him bureaucratically is no excuse.

My other point is independent of your more thorough explanation. Can't the Ds find anyone better to speak for them than someone who was in charge during Abu Garhib?

Nov. 26 2007 11:00 AM
Brian from Forest Hills


Can we try a blackout on the polls?!? They only limit discussion.

Do you remember President Howard Dean, the guy who was a sure thing because he was so far ahead in the polls?!?

Nov. 26 2007 10:53 AM
Leo from Queens

To eCAHNomics: -- Though General Sanchez has a lot of explaining to do - I don't think he was involved in handling or approving the torture in Iraq. - These were policies carried out on the direct orders of Rumsfeld and other civilian appointees in the Defense dept and the White House. These were carried out by blurring the lines of command by getting units in the military, CIA, FBI and National Guard to carry out these human rights abuses. Most of the high ranking members of the military would not have endorsed or carried out these crimes

Nov. 26 2007 10:52 AM

Sanchez on D radio address. Yeah, Ds really did themselves proud by having General Torture represent them. Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Nov. 26 2007 10:43 AM

Planting Qs: Don't all candidates do that? Why wasn't that the slant of news stories?

Nov. 26 2007 10:41 AM
Mary Bon from Westbrook, CT

So to help out these people too busy to worry about the fate of the republic, how about a link to Amazon? Is any one keeping track of how many times this book, which sounds like democracy for dummies, is getting plugged?

Let's hope these people are too busy to make it to the polls.

Nov. 26 2007 10:38 AM

Ghouliani's succes owes to the authoritarian nature of the R party.

Nov. 26 2007 10:37 AM
Stuart Kaplan from Teaneck NJ

Does Halperin's book address where the candidate gets his support? In the General Eletion we know much comes from the party, but where does it come from in the primary? Also whom are they beholden to? Whom would he or she appoint if elected? What type of judges would they nominate?

Nov. 26 2007 10:37 AM
Mary Stanley from manhattan

The horse race model has resulted in the press over covering the "front runners". All running for president have something to add to the debate and should be accorded similar respect.
It's a very frightening lament by the press that "we have too many candidates"

Nov. 26 2007 10:33 AM
Paulo from Paterson, New Jersey

I LIKE Mike Huckabee. However, if Mike Huckabee were elected President, it would be grounds for fleeing the United States for me. If his religious views translate into government policy, we should all give secession a serious look.

Nov. 26 2007 10:31 AM
Jens M. Krummel from Sunnyside

SUBJECT : Polling and Democracy.

Kindly offer up this challenging question to Mr. Halperin:

If there were NEVER any polls aired during political campaigns, I'd aver that our democracy just might be better off. If the American public were as wonkish on policy matters as it is on who's up and who's down and who's performing' well,, we would trruly be an educated and qualified electorate.

Jens M. Krummel, Sunnyside.

Nov. 26 2007 10:29 AM

It all comes down to one simple fact; we have a two party system. Because of that, the race is simply one that favors the strongest candidate, in other words, which Democrat can beat the Republicans, and which Republican can beat the Democrats. Without a multi-party system, it will always be a horse race to pick the candidate based on perceived strength, not issues. That is why traditionally the taller candidate has always won (until Bush), etc.

Nov. 26 2007 10:28 AM

As others have noted above, it seems pretty clear that Lott is getting out (w/ 5 years to go on his term) because of the change in lobbying regulations.

"A Lott friend said part of the reason, and a factor in the timing, is a new lobbying regulation, signed by President Bush in September, extending the existing lobbying ban for former members of Congress from one to two years. The lobbying ban takes effect at the end of this year."

C'mon Brian, why do you continue to give Mark Halperin not only airtime, but a free-pass on his highly debatable assertions of 'fact'? This is a man who wrote a book asserting that Karl Rove's strategy still works. I guess there's still the possibility that the Republicans can turn this all around, right Mark?

Nov. 26 2007 10:26 AM
Sandra Kenny from Montclair, NJ

The press seems to be increasingly ignoring John Edwards, making it seem that only Clinton and Obama are running. I find this manipulative, if not downright undemocratic.

Nov. 26 2007 10:25 AM
Mary Bon from Westbrook, CT

Regarding the issues, is it of any importance that Huckabee thinks the planet is 6,000 years old, and gets his guidance from an imaginary friend? Doesn't that pretty much trump the whole sense of humor thing?

Nov. 26 2007 10:25 AM

Hey Mary@10:22

Nov. 26 2007 10:24 AM
Mary from Brooklyn

Maybe it's a guy thing. Who's Chuck Norris?

Nov. 26 2007 10:22 AM

Hey Brian@10:15
Loved your Freudian typo. Brian Lamp/Lamb does shed light on matters.

Nov. 26 2007 10:21 AM
nycmidtown from downtown

Question for Mr. Halperin... Does he have any comments regarding the Vanity Fair article from Oct 2007, by Evgenia Peretz...regarding the press coverage of Al Gore vs. that of Geo Bush?

Nov. 26 2007 10:21 AM

Huckabee thinks the fact that U.S. gives Paksitan $10 billion gives U.S. the right to invade Pakistan. Where do the Rs find all these nutcases?

Nov. 26 2007 10:18 AM
Brian from Forest Hills

The media is pathetic when it comes to election coverage.

What makes someone a good president is a subjective thing, not an objective thing.

How about this for coverage: take an issue, define it and then have each candidate tell us where they stand on it. Then WE can decide without the media telling us how people are doing in the polling--who cares.

Radical isn't it!

Brian Lehrer and Brian Lamp should be in charge of the campaign coverage.

Nov. 26 2007 10:15 AM
Gary from Manhattan

Duh, Mark. Good campaigners don't necessarily make good administrators. How much does TIME pay you, anyway?

Nov. 26 2007 10:15 AM

The only part of a horse race that the R candidates represent is the horse's rear end.

Nov. 26 2007 10:14 AM

I hear that Lott's replacement is not governor appointed, but rather a special election will be called. Wouldn't swear that's true yet, though.

Nov. 26 2007 10:11 AM
Brian from Forest Hills

Lobbying!!! The year-end deadline for the 2 year waiting list. Any possibility that Halperin was born last night?!?

Sandra Day O'Connor may be the person in Washington to ever resign to spend more time with her family

Nov. 26 2007 10:10 AM
phillip from brooklyn

c'mon, mark.

he's cashin' in. he's retiring before the end of the year to beat the two year ban from lobbying congress. period.

don't be daft.

Nov. 26 2007 10:10 AM

Hastert is getting out of town one step in advance of the sherrif.

Nov. 26 2007 10:09 AM

Trent Lott is resigning in advance of 2 year waiting period for lobbying that takes effect in January.

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Nov. 26 2007 10:08 AM

Here's a little insight:
Mark Halperin has a hysterical op-ed in the NYT today, designed to be a mea culpa for the failures of presidential campaign journalism. Halperin reveals the reason behind the press corps’ obsession with horse race politics–they all read Ben Cramer’s What It Takes–and then admits that success in a political horse race does not necessarily equip someone to run the country.

Wow, Mark, that’s one doozy of an insight. You mean all this horse race campaign journalism is counter-productive to choosing a good president? Who could have imagined that?!?!?!…

Link to above:

Brian-Get guests who actually have some gray matter between their ears.

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Nov. 26 2007 10:01 AM

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