December 25, 2007
Just Don’t Call Me Late for Dinner
It would be wrong to read too deeply into a few empty seats at a few campaign events in the days leading up to Christmas. Oh, but let’s do it anyway.

You just know such an insightful intro will lead to enlightenment.

As a political consultant my brother spent some time in Iowa. Perhaps you’re aware that it’s something less than idyllic in the December-January timeframe. Starkly beautiful, but not a climate in which you’d want to be standing around. Even, apparently, inside.

With the approach of the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3 and the New Hampshire primary five days later, Mr. Edwards, touring the two states at breakneck speed, has been drawing crowds that are bigger, louder and more prone to the occasional standing ovation than ever before.

And while most people who come out to see him are willing to endure some delays, his habit of lateness has alienated others, some of whom say it is just plain rude.

No such thing as bad press, right? Oh, that’s Hollywood…

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Posted by Chuck Dupree at December 25, 2007 11:43 PM
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Bill Clinton was always fashionably late, sometimes, VERY LATE!

Maybe John's latest version of Rielle Hunter is holding him up---or extra time in hair-and-makeup.

Posted by: daveinboca on December 26, 2007 1:45 AM

Hubert Humphrey was known for being "always late"--even when simply moving from one government building to another right in Washington, D.C. He truly loved to be involved, so the meetings were not foreshortened to rescue the schedule, the cumulative late appointments compounded to seriously-late arrivals, even by 10 AM in the morning.

Posted by: Hoffmann on December 26, 2007 9:05 AM

On the other hand you listen to NPR and the people in Iowa like the fact that he stays and answers their questions; takes the time to sign autographs, etc. The comment was the other candidates come in with a crowd of security around them, hit them with a speech and run out. Over the long run, running a little late is probably not too much of a problem. At least I would like to hope so.

Posted by: tdr on December 26, 2007 5:09 PM
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