January 24, 2008 1
No candidate can do what politicians used to do – give an account of how things work, whether that be class struggle, or king and country, or whatever – which connects to what should be done. Thus the strange feeling – energy with nowehere to go – of last night's Obama "Stand For Change" rally, writes Guy Rundle in South Carolina.
January 23, 2008
If people in the UK or Australia are scared, millions of Americans are petrified. The Presidency is there for anyone who can project the leadership to deal with a crisis of both prosperity and equality, writes Guy Rundle.
January 22, 2008
This week is one when black South Carolina does get to set the agenda, providing more than 50% of Democrat primary voters, and so all three candidates are here, fired up ready to go... and give their stump speech with a few minor variations, writes Guy Rundle from Columbia, South Carolina.
January 21, 2008
Forget the folksy-bring-a-pumpkin-pie Iowa caucus – Nevada was a casino-to-casino piece of old fashioned political combat, with shop stewards effectively trying to round up the vote and point it Obama's way, writes Guy Rundle from the South Carolina Holiday Inn.
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.