January 18, 2008 2
With his fixed grin – fixed it must be said by the Vietcong – and his lucky sweater, John McCain moves between the assembled ranks of the faithful in Sumter's dusty town hall, always conscious of where he stands in relation to the camera, his stiff pose suggestive to many of heroism, to me more redolent of Wallace without the Gromit. Lucky sweater, wrong trousers? writes Guy Rundle.
January 17, 2008 2
Well goddamit, if Obama has a supporter in this damn state, I'm yet to find one. From Charleston, South Carolina, Guy Rundle writes.
January 16, 2008 1
With South Carolina the main act before tsunami Tuesday , your correspondent took the political temperature of one or two local taprooms, and found that, if barflies control the swing vote, Hillary would knock Obama out of the state, writes Guy Rundle from South Carolina.
January 15, 2008
As the US presidential race rolls on, you would be hard-pressed to find two more representative southern and northern states than South Carolina and Michigan, reports Guy Rundle from Charleston's murder stretch.
January 14, 2008 2
Barely noticed a few days ago, Hillary's recent comments – that Martin Luther King couldn't have done what he did without a sympathetic president, LBJ, in the White House – is perhaps not untrue, but it's kinda of the order of "that Mother Theresa... she'd be nothing without Pfizer" etc, writes Guy Rundle from South Carolina.
January 11, 2008 1
So it's on to the Palmetto state! South Carolina, which refuses to lower the Confederate stars and bars, the state where one third of all Africans shipped as slaves arrived in the New World, the state of Fort Sumter, where the US Civil war really began. It is this state that will prove the last real competition for the vying delegates, before February 5 -- Tsunami Tuesday -- potentially (and I emphasise potentially) delivers a slam dunk for one candidate, on one or both tickets, writes Guy Rundle.
January 10, 2008 7
The New Hampshire win saves Clinton's bacon, but only because she didn't lose, writes Guy Rundle.
January 9, 2008 7
With counting underway in New Hampshire, early results are showing a clear victory for McCain - no surprises there - and a close fight between Obama and Clinton, writes Guy Rundle.
January 8, 2008 3
Hillary Clinton has been ravaged by nature's curse on women, and aged suddenly. Whatever hamlet she was in when her face fell, you would have heard it half a state away. The woman who looked the essence of vitality as First Lady now looks tired even when she's not, writes Guy Rundle.
January 7, 2008
Since it became the established first primary in 1952 (actually earlier but the details are too complicated to go into), New Hampshire has grown increasingly conscious of its role as the state that picks the candidate, though the impact of Obama's Iowa win may have finally established that idiosyncratic process as an equal king-maker.