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A Super-Duper Tuesday Eve Post

Monday, 02.04.08 Posted By: Millie

Goodday all.

It’s Monday, the start of a new week. But not just any week! Super-Duper Tuesday is finally upon us tomorrow!

It has been an amazing time to be blogging about the election here at Johnthenewsking – the past posts written over the last several months are now history, but they still contain references to people and events associated with this historical campaign. It is a neat look back.

But now, we are looking forward, not backward… forward to tomorrow night’s results as they come in.

John of course has been on the trail the last few days. Here he is recently in LA:



For a little more perspective and personal insight on the eve of tomorrow’s historic day who could tell us better than John? So… surprise, surprise, I have a little something to share that he wrote on Saturday, especially for Johnthenewsking!

Here is what he had to say:

“It has been a long week after a long week after a long month. As for Super Tuesday, it is numbing in its scope and importance. It won’t be decisive in the sense of anyone getting over the finish line in the delegate chase, but it could be almost decisive if Senator Mccain can have a big night. The flipside is if Romney can get 400 delegates or so Tuesday night, he will have enough encouragement to soldier on.

There will be a new poll out Sunday showing a dead heat on the Democratic side in giant California… which is to say fasten your seat belts! Senator Clinton enters with a decent advantage state by state, but Senator Obama is in for the long haul and just needs to prove Tuesday night he is viable coast to coast. A 60-40 split in her favor would be enough for him to say he is closing in — and then there is more time between the later contests and when he has time he generally closes on her. So she is hoping to do better and build a delegate lead big enough to be both a mathematic and psychological edge.

They are all exhausted. You have to respect them regardless of whether you agree with their politics. Sure, there is ambition and ego and all that… but the process is inhumane, and for the candidates with all the pressure and stress to keep going and stay in good humor for the most part is remarkable in its own right.We have never had anything this big in one day – literally from coast to coast and as far north and south just about as you can go in the country. So everyone gets a chance to weigh in — farmers and fisherman, rich and poor, every ethnic persuasion.

I cannot tell you how excited people seem to be. Remember, most of the time it is over by now, and these states don’t get a voice in the nominating process.A man approached me in Birmingham, Alabama today who had rushed from a Bill Clinton event to see John Mccain. He said he was a Democrat but a conservative Democrat, and could conceivably vote for Mccain. People were so polite and welcoming in Birmingham – and clearly happy to have a vote that matters. It has been the same elsewhere – in California, Illinois, Georgia tonight… and that part to me is refreshing.

You get pretty tired and cynical sometimes in my line of work. A liberal blogger took after me recently when he decided a portion of a Mccain interview I did wasn’t tough enough in his view. I read it on 2 hours sleep over three days and, while I think he was wrong, I lost my temper in a way that didn’t serve any purpose but to make me look thin skinned.

I still am not sleeping but I am trying to remember that what matters so much more is whether we are helping to inform people – encouraging them to go out and get more information on their own. It is heartwarming to meet people who say they are excited about the campaign – Democrats and Republicans – and who stop to say hello or just welcome to their city or town, which is a long way of saying it is exhausting but fun and fascinating and I sometimes need to remind myself how lucky I am to get to see it and experience it and not worry about the rest of the grief that comes with the territory.

We’re about to see if Obama can keep close enough to make it a marathon, or even surprise us more, and about to see if Mccain can put Romney away, or if the Republican race will go a longer distance. Governor Huckabee is struggling some but has some opportunities Tuesday to have an impact.

Two more crazy campaign days and then a little history… the biggest primary day ever.”

Many thanks to John for taking a moment out of his busy schedule to share his Super Tuesday observations and reflections.

We look forward to watching his coverage and analysis tomorrow night as the election results come in!



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JK In Las Vegas, RG On Seinfeld And Quiz Answers

Tuesday, 11.13.07

John is already in Las Vegas, in advance preparation for Thursday’s democratic debate.


The debate, however, will not be held in a hotel conference room along the strip. It will be conducted on the campus of UNLV.


John appeared on the Situation Room this afternoon and instead of giving a preview of the Democratic debate, he discussed some concerns in the Republican race, namely, some of the issues facing Giuliani as the clock ticks down to Super Tuesday. Wolf asked, “Does the Giuliani camp have a strategy if he suffers three defeats in a row? [Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina]

He replied, “They do, Wolf. They have a strategy that they believe can work, although many Republican strategist who have been through this process several times find it quite implausible.

You might call this the tale of two campaigns. Look at the Mitt Romney strategy. He’s focusing heavily on Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. He leads in Iowa right now, leads in New Hampshire right now and thinks, if he can win those two, he will get the momentum necessary to sweep in and win South Carolina and essentially lock up the momentum necessary to carry on and win the nomination.

Giuliani has a very different approach. He says do as well as you can in those early states, but you don’t have to win. He’s counting much more on the big states in this unprecedented packed calendar we have on February 5. The way Giuliani champ views it, if he can win most, if not all, of Florida, California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Missouri, then the smaller states, Connecticut and Delaware, on February 5, they believe he then would be well on the way to the delegates necessary to win the nomination.

Plausible, Wolf? Yes. But those who have been through this strategy before are highly doubtful of it because they think by the time you get past South Carolina, most of the other candidates will have dropped out. You will have one or two candidates going up against Rudy Giuliani. Yes, he has the money, but most Republican strategists say they find it unlikely that the pro-choice-on-abortion, pro-gay-rights candidate from New York City can beat a Republican who is anti-abortion in a one-on-one race in those states, assuming that candidate has the resources.

But the Giuliani people say it is a different calender time and they think they can prove they can do it differently.”

This is slightly OT, but as I am a HUGE Seinfeld junkie, I thought I’d share a clip from the episode “The Non-Fat Yogurt”, which aired in November of 1993. In it, Giuliani makes a cameo appearance, discussing his yogurt-eating habits. Check out his thick glasses!!!


Next up…here are the answers to Sunday’s “johnthenewsking” quiz… how well did you do?

Part One

1. What is the name of the grammar school John attended?

a. St. Luke’s Grammar School
b. St. Joseph’s Grammar School
c. St. Mark’s Grammar School
d. St. Christopher’s Grammar School

2. What off-season sport was an interviewee playing during John’s coverage of the 2006 New England Nor’easter?

a. tennis
b. surfing
c. baseball
d. soccer

3. What topic did he moderate for the 2003 NBA All-Star Technology summit?

a. “Market Transformations: The Next Evolution in E-Commerce”
b. “Digital Transactions Come of Age
c . “The Promise of Wireless Commerce”
d. “Community Without Borders”

4. Which actor does he resemble (at least according to Millie)?

a. George Clooney
b. Brendan Fraser
c. Don Johnson
d. Brad Pitt

5. What is referred to in the blog as the “Holy Grail” of John King finds?

a. YouTube Spin Room interview with Why Tuesday
b. Video clip of John on location with soldiers in Kuwait
c. YouTube Spin Room video interview with Shelbinator
d. 2002 Daily Show appearance

Part Two

6. What kind of pest problem does John say occasionally plagues the White House basement?

a. mice
b. cockroaches
c. spiders
d. ants

7. Which news agency interviewed John right after he returned from the front lines of Kafji, Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War?

a. ABC
b. CBS
d. NBC
5. CNN

8. What piece of electrical equipment failed while he was on air recently?

a. microphone
b. teleprompter
c. screen graphic
d. camera lighting

9. Who did he interview in 2002 to discuss a pacemaker?

a. Collin Powell
b. George W. Bush
c. Condeleeza Rice
d. Dick Cheney

10. Whose program was he a guest panelist on in 1993?

a. Peter Jennings
b. Tim Russert
c. Charlie Rose
d. Ted Koppel

Part Three

11. What was the title of the song Joan (Kitten) used to highlight life on the road during election season?

a. Til We Run Out of Road
b. On The Road Again
c. King Of The Road
d. Road To Nowhere

12. What current movie is set in John’s hometown?

a. Gone Baby Gone
b. American Gangster
c. Michael Clayton
d. Lions For Lambs

13. What special assignment did he agree to be a guinea pig for? (Hint: Think “Candidate King”)

a. Secret Service protectee
b. National Guard volunteer
c. Police academy trainee
d. Marine boot camp drill instructor

14. What does he refer to as “The Bubble”?

a. Living in the Washington DC area
b. Reporting at the White House
c. Traveling on the Election Express bus
d. Guest hosting a CNN news program

15. What is his older sister’s name?

a. Janet Marie
b. Jeanne Marie
c. Julia Marie
d. Jeanette Marie

Part Four

16. What was John doing when he first heard about a plane attacking the World Trade Center?

a. Getting ready for work
b. Dropping his kids off at school
c. Reporting a story live on air
d. Attending a meeting near the White House

17. What was one of towns he reported live from during the California Wildfires?

a. Rancho Cucamonga
b. Rancho Cordova
c. Rancho Bernardo
d. Rancho Palo Verde

18. What state did he travel to, to report on President Bush’s lack of ever visiting?

a. Vermont
b. New Hampshire
c. Rhode Island
d. Connecticut

19. What is one of his favorite genres of music?

a. Oldies
b. Jazz
c. Blues
d. Classical

20. Which college did he deliver a commencement speech at in 2006?

a. Hobart and Willliam Smith College
b. University of Rhode Island
c. Yale University
d. Boston College

Have a good evening everyone!


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