jueves, 20 de diciembre de 2007

Yepsen: no descartar a Edwards y Thompson

David Yepsen, del Des Moines Register, que conoce bien al electorado del estado, reflexiona sobre una hipotética campanada de John Edwards y Fred Thompson en Iowa. Algo que no deberíamos descartar. Dentro del equipo de Hillary ya avisan de no descuidar la amenaza que supone John Edwards cuando toda la atención se concentra en Hillary y Obama. Y el Senador Thompson, recién endorseado por Steve King en Iowa, parece estar convirtiéndose en el factor X de la carrera republicana, como mínimo por lo que su avance podría suponer de desequilibrio en la disputa Romney-Hukcabee al poder robar votos a uno u otro. Don't rule out surges by Edwards, Thompson

(...) There's a lot of buzz about the battle between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for Democratic caucus votes in Iowa. And there's also a lot of talk about the fight between Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee on the Republican side.

Can Clinton recover and overtake Obama's narrow lead? Can Romney stop Huckabee to reclaim the top spot in the GOP race? Buzzzzzz.

All that tends to overlook two other candidates: Democrat John Edwards and Republican Fred Thompson. They're both showing real potential to come up fast here at the end.

One reason is the indecision of a lot of caucus-goers in both parties. This cycle, polls have shown around half the likely caucus-goers in each party could still be persuaded to change their minds. In other words, the so-called front-runners haven't closed the sale.

Both Edwards and Thompson are pouring time and resources into Iowa these days. Edwards built a respectable organization in Iowa in his 2004 campaign. He was the front-runner here for a while, then gradually slipped as the attention focused on celebrity candidates Clinton and Obama. (...)