Tales from the Trail

Virginia shakes off Obama blue, returns to red roots

November 4, 2009

Pundits always use sports analogies for politics, we’re thinking of trying something different — a hair color analogy.

The First Draft: Elections East-West

November 2, 2009

Elections in the East, elections in the West.

Hot off the wire: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been declared re-elected.

AFGHANISTAN/Afghanistan’s election commission made the declaration after Karzai’s opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, withdrew and a run-off election was canceled. “The Independent Election Commission declares the esteemed Hamid Karzai as the president,” the commission’s chief said.

“People on Capitol Hill, they watch the news”

October 23, 2009

OBAMA/President Barack Obama, on a campaigning blitz for fellow Democrats facing tough fights to stay in office, or get there, is trying to tie the state races to national issues to convince voters their ballot will have a broader impact.

The First Draft: Preparing for a fall?

October 23, 2009

Are Democrats trying to soften the blow for President Barack Obama if the Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, Creigh Deeds, loses in the November elections?OBAMA/

The First Draft: The president keeps campaigning

July 17, 2009

Back from his overseas trip, President Barack Obama has spent this week as campaigner-in-chief.

The First Draft: Showdown in Virginia

June 10, 2009

No major events are on the calendar today in the Federal City, but on the other side of the Potomac River there’s plenty to chew over.

The First Draft: Reading tea leaves in Virginia

June 9, 2009

USA-POLITICS/The year after a presidential election, there’s typically few electoral contests on the calendar as politicians focus on getting some work done so they’ll have something to brag about to voters during the next election.