January 2, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Lest you forget, nation’s dailies report that today is the day before

Today’s newspapers will not let you forget that tomorrow is the day when some 200,000 Iowans may help outline the race for the presidency. Indeed, The Des Moines Register has a Page One banner telling its readers, "Hold on, Iowa, for final hours" while the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Ft. Lauderdale has an off-lead story noting that "Caucuses have few voters, big impact."

And that’s the way it is across the nation today, with the first newspaper on our Web site, The Anniston Star in Alabama, and its bottom-of-the-page pictures of the eight leading candidates and the head "Countdown to caucus continues." The Arkansas Democrat Gazette in Little Rock focuses on the local boy, with the head, "Huckabee’s focus all Romney, then no mention of him," as does The News Journal in Wilmington, Del., with their very own senator and the head, "Biden says he can deal with crises."

The Fresno Bee tells its California readers – and those who check our Web site – that "This is very close," while The Denver Post offers a low-key "Candidates push a final message to Iowans: Vote." The Hartford Courant in Connecticut looks at it differently with the headline, "Hoping to be second choice" and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on "A late push to woo Iowans." The Advocate in Baton Rouge reports that "Candidates hit high gear on the verge of causes"; The Honolulu Advertiser wisely asks "Voters want change, but who can deliver?" The Buffalo News notes that "Iowa’s 2nd-choice option may prove decisive," The Lima News in Ohio leads with "The big push" and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says that "Clinton pulls out the stops in Iowa."

Tired of it all? Then check out the lead story in The Patriot-News in Pennsylvania’s capital, Harrisburg, that asks, "Enough already with N.H. and Iowa?", adding: "Poll decries influence of 2 states in primaries." Along the same line, we’ll leave you with the observation made more than 140 years ago by the American humorist who used the name Artemus Ward: "I am not a politician and my other habits are good."

Gene Mater is a Freedom Forum media consultant.

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