As the Iowa Caucuses Loom, Who Will Emerge as the Democratic Nominee?

(This article authored by Chris Ingram originally appearred on December 31, 2007 on

An inside look at the Democrats running for president.

TAMPA — With less than a week to go before the first in the nation Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire Primary to follow just days later, it’s a fitting time to assess the Democrat field of candidates running for president. You can read my assessment of the Republican field here. As with the GOP assessment, the candidates are listed alphabetically with their greatest claim to fame, my view of his or her strengths and weaknesses, and a short analysis. Continue reading “As the Iowa Caucuses Loom, Who Will Emerge as the Democratic Nominee?”

Who Won the CNN/YouTube Debate?

(This article authored by Chris Ingram, originally appeared December 2, 2007 on

TAMPA — Walking out of Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate, I asked my friend and fellow political consultant Jamie Miller who he thought won the debate. Jamie’s response was right on the money. “Mike Huckabee won,” he said. Adding, “though on paper John McCain probably looked just as good.” Jamie didn’t have to add that voters don’t read transcripts of debates, so the token “on paper” victory is meaningless for McCain’s struggling campaign. Continue reading “Who Won the CNN/YouTube Debate?”

An Inside Look at the Republican Candidates Running For President

(This column authored by Chris Ingram originally appeared in December 2007 on

Welcome to the Irreverent View, my new column appearing on The column will focus on political topics of interest to Floridians.

According to “irreverent” means:

  1. Lacking or exhibiting a lack of reverence; disrespectful.
  2. Critical of what is generally accepted or respected; satirical: irreverent humor.

This column will be more of the latter than the former. I’ll only be disrespectful when an elected official or candidate disrespects the voters. That’s fair game. Continue reading “An Inside Look at the Republican Candidates Running For President”