Big Apple Breakfast

Bush: You either love him or you hate him It's proving to be a pretty divisive time in this political day and age with the number of undecided voters much smaller than usual, just two months out from Election Day. So it was no surprise last night then that retiring...

Low-Carb Convention Wrap

Or, should we call it "Low-Speed Convention Wrap" This Crystal Ball udpdate is coming to you live from the National Journal area in the Farley Building, adjacent to Madison Square Garden. In yet another move to make things hard on reporters, the convention folks have made Internet access a near...

Republicans: It’s OK to vote for us

Schwarzenegger stumps for Bush and simplifies the message

The GOP's message for convention viewers this week has been very succinct: President Bush is the best candidate to lead the War on Terror. While the communications office here at the Republican National Convention has been telling the media each day has a theme--tonight's was "People of Compassion"--if the focus...

VET-ting the 2004 Ballot

How the veteran vote will impact the presidential election

In theory, the 25 million-plus veterans in the United States represent a formidable voting bloc. History, however, has shown that veterans are not a monolithic coalition, largely because of the diversity of the members. With national security a major issue and a battle between a "war president" and a Vietnam...

Low-Carb Convention Wrap

Twist and Shout Just as the Republicans did this July in Boston, the Democrats have setup a rapid response center to spin the news coming out of Madison Square Garden. A direct twist of the banner that hung above President Bush when he declared an end to hostilities aboard the...

Big Apple Breakfast

Protest Update: The Crystal Ball Can't Get No Love Two incidents in the past few days have prompted the Crystal Ball to speak out about the protesters, or, if you will, protest the protesters. During the United for Peace and Justice rally on Sunday, as your Crystal Ball was exiting...

Low-Carb Convention Wrap

May We Present the Republican Candidates for U.S. Senate While the focus of this week will be on President Bush, his first-term accomplishments and his plans for another, the Monday morning session showcased seven Republican candidates for Senate. After an introduction by National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman George Allen...

The Big Elephant in the Big Apple

Could things finally be looking up for George W. Bush?

Presidential election history suggests several verities that might apply as the GOP convenes in New York City:1. Incumbent presidents usually get a convention bounce that is smaller, often about half to two-thirds, of their less well-known challengers in the other party. Since John Kerry got a bounce estimated to be...

Vietnam: Political Apocalypse Now

The extraordinary emotional exchanges we are witnessing daily about the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth group leads us to one unavoidable conclusion: For only the second time in our nation's history, the bitterness of a bloody, lost war will shadow national politics until generational replacement has removed all the brave...

The McGreevey Matter

The impact on presidential politics

Now that we are all finished picking our jaws up off the floor after Governor Jim McGreevey's one-of-a-kind press conference in New Jersey, it is worth taking stock of what this extraordinary development might mean for the 2004 race for president--in and out of the Garden State. McGreevey's resignation speech...

Balloons and Confetti a Nominating Convention Make

Just five days ago, John Kerry's pitch at Fenway Park didn't make it past home plate, but his pitch last night to the Democratic National Convention was a home run. Your Crystal Ball will spare you the barrage of cliches reserved for the headlines of today's newspapers, but Kerry was...

Low-Carb Convention Wrap

Get Comfortable and Settle in, as Minuteman Becomes Hour-Man According to a report published in National Journal's Convention Daily, published each morning this week here in Boston, John Kerry's Secret Service nickname is "Minuteman," after the militia members in the Revolutionary War who were charged to be ready at a...

Boston Morning Tea

Does Edwards have Recipe for Success? Any American chef worth his or her salt knows what happens when you combine black eyed peas, a little bit of ham for flavor, some rice, and a few other ingredients. The result is a traditional Southern side-dish known as Hoppin' John. Last night...

Low-Carb Convention Wrap

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines While you don't hear the term bandied about much anymore, the hot topic earlier in the campaign season was "NASCAR Dads," 2004's trendy demographic group that was purported to take the place of the quickly-fading-from-popularity "Soccer Moms." NASCAR Dads were often described as middle- to lower...

Boston Morning Tea

If a Political Tree Falls in the Woods... With no live network coverage of Tuesday night's convention speeches, their impact on the American public is limited to news highlights, newspaper articles, and word of mouth. Save for keynote speaker Barack Obama and Teresa Heinz Kerry, who closed the evening, most...