January 4th, 2008
12:15 PM ET
5 years ago

The Best Political Podcast


(CNN)Iowa has spoken, after nearly a year of campaigning by a crowded presidential field.

In Monday’s The Best Political Podcast, Chief National Correspondent John King reports on the Iowa caucuses. Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider delves into CNN’s Iowa entrance polling data and explains what caucus goers liked about Sen. Barack Obama and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

John King and Dan Lothian also look ahead to New Hampshire’s primary on January 8. Plus: the headlines percolating on the Political Ticker after the caucuses and political parting shot from I-Report cartoonist Jim Brenneman.

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–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Jr., California

    Are you all voting for "change" or voting for a change?

    January 4, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. TES


    January 4, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. george

    Obama's campaign proudly announced today the endorsement of former South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges who will join his campaign as a national co-chair.

    Hodges is the founder of Hodges Consulting Group, a state-based lobbying firm he started in 2003. The firm is a subsidiary of Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, L.L.P, a law firm that represents clients in North Carolina and South Carolina.

    Though Obama has also said that he won't take federal PAC and lobbyist money on his campaign, he does take money from state based lobbyists as previously reported by First Read.

    Obama, however, has justified taking money from state based lobbyists and working with them.

    Hodges is, in fact, a registered federal lobbyist, a search of the Senate Office of Public Records Lobbying Disclosure Act Database shows. He registered as such on June 1, 2007.

    January 4, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Gavin

    Jack Cafferty part of the "Best Political Team on Television"?


    This man spent all last night whinning and badgering Hillary.

    Regardless of who he was against, it was so biased that he does not belong on CNN....

    Go to FakeNews (Fox) already, Jack. They need more squealers over there.

    January 4, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. Errol Liverpool

    It's a shame that after we have witnessed how Iowans voted in spite of race, that , CNN insits on playing the race card by asking if Ameica is ready for a black president. CNN is behaving like so many white controlled institutions in this country, i.e using their clout to remind white ameica that Obamma is a black candidate. You have just ;lost a loyal listener.

    January 4, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. Ajay Jain, Dallas

    May be just maybe now that the results are out,

    Glenn Beck, the CNN commentator on "The Situation Room" and CNN analyst on Romney, the Mormon candidacy, should call it quits from CNN headline News anchor chair. The other sleazy female anchor chair from CNN headline News should be canned too before CNN becomes infamous for foul / tabloid programming.

    Glenn Beck said on the CNN ticker that Huckabee will "IMPLODE" and CNN carried it for full three hours on the Ticker without posting my objecting POSTs:


    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2007/12/15/beck-huckabee-will-implode/#comments Readers labeled Glenn Beck as joker supreme!

    I challenge CNN to post this post now, now that I have been vanquished through results.

    Go Hillary44 08! http://hillaryis44.org/ http://facts.hillaryhub.com/
    For a little national election snapshot: http://uselectionatlas.org/2008.php

    January 4, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Todd Brooks

    I'd like to know where the rest of the results are from the GOP caucus from Iowa? What is the problem with counting the remaining 5% of the precincts votes? I am very good with math if they need a patriot to do an accurate count.

    January 4, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Michael

    Why would you approve a comment questioning whether Obama is a Muslim? It seems inappropriate. Although most informed voters know he is not a believer in Islam, I don't think it should matter. One of Hilary Clinton's closest aides is a Muslim. It amazes and frightens me that someone informed enough to be browsing CNN.com would confuse a war about fundamentalism with a war on a specific religion.

    January 4, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. Ted Ziolkowski


    I am a white 66 year old male who has always been an independent thinker. I have always voted for the person who represents my thoughts as they were when I voted. Over the years my thinking has changed significantly. I started out a Democrat then a Republican then a Democrat now I consider myself an Independent and vote for who I think can do this country the most good. I must say that I trust Barrack Obama to be an Independent person such as I am and that he will do what is best for all the People not a select few. I believe that he and only he can make significant steps to bring us long lasting peace. He is a CRISTIAN and only he has an understanding of the Muslim faith and we need that to negotiate intelligently with our enemies. I want every one to think about this one fact about Hilary: when she voted to go to war with Iraq she had a security report from the NEI that clearly stated that there were no weapons of mass distruction in Iraq. The same report also said there was no link between Iraq and Bin Laden. She still voted to take us into this unwarranted war. Then she says she did not know it was a vote to go to war, then she says she did not read the report. Well I don't want a person like that, as my president, one who would take us into World War III without knowing all the facts. Now she continually votes in line with Bush and the Republicans to continue the war which 75% of the people in the USA oppose. Hillary Clinton aggressively seeks money from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs. She's even said that these lobbyists represent real Americans. Who does she really support? Pretty obviously it is the lobbist from the war machine manufactures and others. Please everyone of you send e-amials to all your friends and ask them to support Barrack Obama in anyway they can. Please get out and do all you can do to support this man who will like Kennedy and Martin Luther King lead us to the promised land. A land of peace, justice and opportunity for all.

    January 4, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. Ohg Rea Tone

    New Hampshire must be measured in terms of enthusiasm and desire – rather than in the traditional measurements of demographics. The demographics are skewed because they represent selfish desires – The American Populace has transcended selfishness to take the country back from the thugs and bullies.

    January 4, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. Denise P Quinton

    I am sick and tired of all the Hilary bashing going on and totally disgusted with the political views of John Edwards, who cares what he thinks. And states like Iowa do not determine who our next President will be so I suggest CNN stop giving the country their take on the election which is still l year away and report newsworthy news. CNN has become another FOX and do not deserve airspace as they are over the top. Barrack Obama is a junior senator with no experience whatsoever in foreign policy, will have the U S making friends with Castro, Venezuela and every other contradictory nation possible, he is not qualified to run any country!

    January 4, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  12. Erich DeLang

    Barack Obama is not Muslim, but a Christian in general, and a member of the United Church of Christ in particular. He lived in the predominantly Islamic nation of Indonesia in his youth, but attended no Islamist schools and did not practice the religion. Barack Obama Sr., the candidates father, was raised a Muslim but became an atheist by the time he attended college. At any rate, he left the family when the Senator was only two years old. His stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, is a non-practicing Muslim, and Senator Obama's education was supervised primarily by his mother.

    January 4, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. May

    Obama represents false hopes – he is a good talker and if you are gullible, you will be mesmerized by his pie in the sky promises. Hillary Clinton has all the qualifications and the mastery and skill to navigate Pennsylvania Avenue and Washington politics to get change done. Hillary does not have any vested interests in oil, in corporate baits, Hillary just wants to serve the country, period!

    January 4, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  14. Christine

    It seems there were a number of republicans who stood for Obama in Iowa, does anyone have an opinion or thought about that possibility?

    January 4, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. 2008Central.net

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    January 4, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  16. Mary Brock

    Amen to everything Ted Ziolkowski said in his post on January 4th. However, I cannot forget how the Clinton's tried to remove Whitehouse furniture to their new home when they were moving out of the Whitehouse. That was reported in a newspaper at the time, if anyone does not remember or know about it.
    My vote will go to Barrack Obama !

    January 4, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  17. Lisa

    I understand that the younger voter in Iowa wants change. Just beacause someone says CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE, like Mr. Obama he screams that word out but he has not explained what he would do. I think these young adults should STOP and read the facts and stop going with the cattle!!!! I hear the MOO down the road.........................

    January 4, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  18. Carole CA

    I agree with everything Denise Quinton posted. It's time for the junior senator from Illinois to speak up and tell us what he's about. And it's time CNN stopped their pro-Obama, anti-Hillary bias. Just give us the cold, hard, true facts. We can decide for ourselves without you jamming your skewed opinions down our throats. Geez! Whatever happened to honorable, unbiased journalism?

    January 4, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. pamela in SC

    This is the political arena–not the ENTERTAINMENT industry! For once–FORGET WHAT OPRAH THINKS!!!! Ignore the celebrities (by the way, they ALL make more than we working stiffs do, don't they?). Have we lost the ability to make up our own minds based on the our own perceptions of the candidates? (Except, perhaps, for the last TWO presidential elections?–This country should have been admitted to a mental institute after both of those!!) Yes, we need change–this country's going to "hell in a handbasket"! So examine the candidates for who & what they are–not because your favorite "soap star" endorses them. USE YOUR OWN BRAIN!!!!!

    January 4, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  20. FAIR TAX,LA.

    GO HUCK!!!

    January 4, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  21. charles risner

    You folks should remember, all politicions are liars, cause most of the time that is exactly what we expect to hear. All (most) anchors (glen Beck -Bill O'Rilly Geroldo) are bigggg liars. That is why there ratings are so high. We keep listening to see what they will say next. They are also all biased, mostley towards their right-wing sided favorites.

    January 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  22. Doug from Canada

    WOW and GOOD JOB to the CNN CREW

    Thompson & McCain are tied
    273 votes different = 0.89% of their diff
    = 0.23% of total votes

    CNN & analysts call this a tie

    Edwards & Clinton – Clinton looses and is definitely THIRD place
    7 votes different = 1% of their diff
    = 0.28% of total votes

    CNN & ALL analysts call this third place

    I think these are equal differences so is there a bit of "help" from your media in steering the election I dare CNN to explain their "interpretation" publicly

    January 4, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  23. Barbara

    In with the New..Out with the Old. I am so sick and tired of the Washington Establishment,Big Wigs ,The Big Political Machines, Same Ole!, Same Ole! Bushes gone, Clintonian Days over, The days of scandals, corruption, etc.etc.etc.are soon over, Old Out!! New In!! Go Barak Obma! Go ! I for one am on your Band Wagon, We the PEOPLE of America will finally be recognized, Lets be proud of America again, Lets do it this time....

    January 5, 2008 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  24. marvin

    for over 2000 years muslims and christians have fought many bloody fights,now they have brought it to our shoreswith the posibilties of Barrack Huessien obama (a muslim) being a possilble contender and Huckabee(christian).If Barack Is not a muslim why the middle name?I tellyou that if my middle name was adolph or hitlerI would Get rid of it as fast as I could and also if he doesnt eat pork is a telltale sign hes still a muslim.this probaly wont get on the blog but i am taking a chance that it might.thank you for the time to read my insert if it gets that far

    January 5, 2008 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  25. Ann Aloha, PA

    This is actually going to stir up more votes for Hillary Cinton and it will backfire on all the media bashing of her. When will they learn, and I am so disappointed in Anderson Cooper for being a puppet to this Hillary bashing on cnn, after all his family supported the Clintons for being sensitive to his mothers dynasty and help her get there in a sense. How quickly they turn when they see sensationalism or the mere hint of a chance to boost ratings the choice at hand.
    After the dust has cleared and the "CORRECT" candidate has been chosen, I hope CNN and all the other Hillary bashers will learn an important lesson...Put Your Hand Over Your Mouth, When You Cough...That Will Help The Solution.
    As an independent voter, I still have to decide but the media isn't making this a comfortable task.

    January 5, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
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