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  Glynnis MacNicol: It's a Horse Race! - Politics on The Huffington Post
The language of horse racing, however, maintains a strong presence in the public lexicon: "long shot," "Dark horse," "war horse," "wearing blinders," "wide-open field," "come from behind," "down the stretch," "odds-on favorite," "front-runner" and "it's a horse race," are all frequently used terms, and ones that can, and are, easily applied to the election process.
It is tempting to draw comparisons to Hillary Clinton's status as the lone female presidential candidate, however, an even better analogy might be to the filly Ruffian, the mid-seventies star who preferred to break fast and first, immediately taking the lead, and staying there letting those behind her take their chances in the fray.
While leading from wire to wire, is rarely a strategy that works well in a horse race, it is certainly the mark of a courageous competitor.
www.huffingtonpost.com /glynnis-macnicol/its-a-horse-race_b_51448.html   (866 words)

  Horse race (politics) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Horse Race coverage is considered by some to actually cause voters to change their perceptions on a candidate in a sort of vicious cycle, for example a poll showing a third party candidate having a low support percentage may discourage other people from voting for that person so as to avoid the spoiler effect.
Critics also say horse race coverage destroys coverage of the issues, because often an article is mostly about how groups reacted to a speech or other presentation of a candidate on an issue, and has little room to discuss the candidates point of view itself.
A horse race style of article allows for the use of weasel words, that is, a subtle way of editorializing on the part of the author by focusing on the criticisms or praise of an anonymous or small group of voters
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Horse_race_(politics)   (385 words)

 Horse racing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Horse racing is an equestrian sporting activity which has been practiced over the centuries; the chariot races of Roman times were an early example, as was the contest of the steeds of the god Odin and the giant Hrungnir in Norse mythology.
The style of racing, the distances and the type of events varies very much by the country in which the race is occurring, and many countries offer different types of horse races.
American thoroughbred races are run at a wide variety of distances, most commonly from 4.5 furlongs (905 m) to 1½ miles (2414 m); with this in mind, breeders of thoroughbred race horses are able to breed horses to excel at a particular distance (see Dosage Index).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Horse_race   (815 words)

 Horse-racing - One Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Other types of horse race on which wagers are taken include races between quarter horses and between cold-blooded trotting horses.
American thoroughbred races are run at a wide variety of distances (most commonly from 5 furlongs, or 5/8ths of a mile, to 1½ miles and sometimes even longer); with this in mind, breeders of thoroughbred race horses are able to breed horses to excel at a particular distance (see Dosage Index).
The high point of US horse racing has traditionally the Kentucky Derby which, together with the Belmont Stakes and the Preakness Stakes, form the Triple Crown for three-year-olds.
www.onelang.com /encyclopedia/index.php/Horse-racing   (755 words)

 PressThink: Comment on Horse Race Now! Horse Race Tomorrow! Horse Race Forever!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The effect of the political press is only by way of its audience--how it affects its audience and who that audience is. If no one is watching or listening or reading, the content of the press is irrelevant.
In politics, the term goes at least to 1952, as far as I can find, though I have a couple of citations from 1927 which might be interpreted as being more about politics than baseball, or at least the crossover point for the term, given the baseball scandals of the time.
The horse race rhetoric of politics is one of those stories that's been around so long it's comfortable, familiar, predictable.
journalism.nyu.edu /mt/mt-comments.cgi?entry_id=580   (3920 words)

 Horse racing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Harness racing, is somewhat popular in the United States and to a lesser extent elsewhere.
American thoroughbred races are run at a wide variety of distances, most commonly from 5 furlongs (1006 m) to 1½ miles (2414 m); with this in mind, breeders of thoroughbred race horses are able to breed horses to excel at a particular distance (see Dosage Index).
During races some jockeys use a crop to hit the horse in the rump to direct their effort and possibly run faster.
www.voyager.in /Horse-racing   (1153 words)

 PressThink: Horse Race Now! Horse Race Tomorrow! Horse Race Forever!
Chris Nolan's Spot On is political writing at a high level from Nolan and her band of left-to-right contributors.
In politics, the term goes at least to 1952, as far as I can find, though I have a couple of citations from 1927 which might be interpreted as being more about politics than baseball, or at least the crossover point for the term, given the baseball scandals of the time.
The horse race rhetoric of politics is one of those stories that's been around so long it's comfortable, familiar, predictable.
www.journalism.nyu.edu /pubzone/weblogs/pressthink/2004/01/03/inside_baseball.html   (10635 words)

 Women Politicians and the Media   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Voters’ perceptions of the political figures and issues are shaped principally through the news media: this is even more likely in large scale, national and state based constituencies where personal contact with the candidates is made difficult by the sheer weight of numbers and distances.
In addition, debate about politics via current affairs programs is often combative, with the interviewers setting up political opposites for confrontation or adopting an aggressive posture, regardless of whether is contributes to a better understanding of the issues.
Political and current affairs coverage is characterized by increasingly brief "grabs", trivialisation and sensationalism - all inimical to sustained and complex debate.
www.carmenlawrence.com /says/papers/wompol.htm   (2745 words)

 Meta-Analysis of State Polls - election.princeton.edu
Political psychologist Manuel M. Frank writes in with a model indicating that I have underestimated the turnout bias.
Imagine that the race were perfectly tied and the margin of error were 4 points.
The closeness of the race for the last few months (less than 3% in either direction) indicates a heavy role for registration of new voters and election-day turnout.
synapse.princeton.edu /~sam/pollcalc.html   (11833 words)

 Palio di Siena - Siena's Palio Horse Race
The evening before the race it is estimated that 25,000 people eat outside, as each contrada (neighborhood) stages a sumptuous banquet to “rehearse” their surefire victory celebration.
Naturally, this loyalty extended to the yearly horse race whose "official" motivation since the 11th century had been to give thanks to the Madonna.
Six trial races are held so that the jockeys (race track professionals who receive astronomical sums from the contrade) can get to know their mounts.
www.initaly.com /ads/palio/palio.htm   (2820 words)

 The Grand National steeplechase, most famous horse race in the world
It was coronation year, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II's horse, "Devon Loch", was clear coming up to the elbow at the end of the National when he went to jump a non existent obstacle, slipped along the turf and came to a halt being beaten by "ESB".
The selling race which took place the day before, saw a horse dead heat for first place that would later bring the Grand National back to its place at the heart of the nation - that horse was called "Red Rum".
Consequently some horses stopped at the start and some horses stopped halfway while 7 carried on to complete the course with "Esha Ness" and John White winning for trainer Jenny Pitman only to be told that the race was void.
www.jwracing.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk /grandnational.htm   (2164 words)

 The Observer | Sport | How to... commentate on a horse race
During the race I look for horses that are travelling well, not just ones that are up with the pace.
If a horse is in midfield and still on the bridle you know the jockey has plenty left up his sleeve and can expect him to challenge.
I am aware of how many people are watching and the fact that everyone has had a bet and wants to know where their horse is. I think the key to commentating on a horse race is clear thinking and to have a very good short-term memory.
www.observer.co.uk /osm/story/0,6903,608486,00.html   (434 words)

 BBC NEWS | UK | Wales | Mid | History made as man beats horse   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The first horse home was Kay Bee Jay, ridden by Zoe White, in a time of two hours, seven minutes, and 36 seconds.
A memorial was unveiled before the race to Screaming Lord Sutch who had been a strong supporter of the event.
The race is run over 22 miles and takes competitors through some of the most picturesque scenery in Wales via farm tracks, footpaths, open moorland and tarmac.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/uk_news/wales/mid_/3801177.stm   (586 words)

 BBC NEWS | England | London | Dog beats odds to win horse race
The race came before the main horse and dog racing events at Epsom Park and Wimbledon on Saturday.
Bookies made the horse 8-11 favourite with the dog, which had won 14 races from 35 starts, given evens.
A split-second contest had been predicted and punters were not disappointed with Simply Fabulous winning the race in 23.29 seconds against the horse's 24.63.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/england/london/3768807.stm   (289 words)

 Thoroughbred owners play campaign hosts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Political hopefuls, including Texas Gov. George W. Bush, are turning to high-end horse farms in and around Lexington and the Bluegrass region to raise money.
Thoroughbred horse racing and breeding are responsible directly and indirectly for about 80,000 jobs in Kentucky, with a total economic impact of $3.4 billion, according to the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association.
Without the exemption, the simulcasting of horse races to tracks and venues across the country could have been harmed, said Jay Hickey, president of the American Horse Council in Washington.
www.enquirer.com /editions/2000/06/11/loc_thoroughbred_owners.html   (799 words)

 BBC News | UK Politics | Blairs ignore horse race controversy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Animal rights activists, who say the race - which dates back to medieval times - is cruel, said it he had made a "serious mistake" by attending.
The race, in the historic city of Siena, is run twice a year and follows a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages.
Since 1970, 43 horses have been killed as a result of falls in the Palio.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/low/uk_politics/422275.stm   (536 words)

 Rhetorica: Press-Politics Journal: The endless horse race...
Television rarely covers the substance of politics, but lavishes attention on the gamesmanship involved.
The seemingly countless talking-head programs on cable channels are obsessed with who's up and who's down, and why, among the political players but rarely focus on legislation or other forms of political policy in real-world terms.
Walters is not charting new territory here when he says that this media environment has two "erosive effects": 1- It trivializes governance, and 2- It discourages participation.
rhetorica.net /archives/000467.html   (208 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Politics -- Rove decries media 'horse race' approach to government
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – The media have started applying the horse race style of campaign coverage to daily reporting on government, leading to adversarial reporting that can obscure the truth just to create conflict, President Bush's chief political strategist said Monday.
Speaking at a forum at Washington College, Karl Rove said the influx of media outlets and the shrinking shelf life of news in a 24-hour news cycle are to blame.
Another example is the "obsessive reliance" on polls to create news and political predictions, he said.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/politics/20050418-1946-rove-media.html   (422 words)

 Benjamin R. Barber: Hyping the Horse Race Instead of Feeding the Horses - The Huffington Post
With the encouragement of a voracious media, the Democrats are once again hyping their Presidential horse race instead of figuring out how (and what) to feed the horses.
If we insist on turning politics into a spectator sport and sitting back and watching the horse race, letting Democratic voters choose between hubristic adventurism in the name of democracy, or frightened isolationism and protectionism in the name of American jobs and welfare, it may turn out that who wins doesn't really matter.
Maybe that's the lesson of the noble horse Barbaro: you can kill yourself running the race, and never achieve real victory - which for human beings in the political race will be measured by the quality of ideas the victors bring to the finish line rathen than the pace at which they run the race.
www.huffingtonpost.com /benjamin-r-barber/hyping-the-horse-race-ins_b_40963.html   (472 words)

 ABC 7 News - Governor Questions Revenue Potential for Horse Race Game   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Wagerers would know only basic data about the horses, but not their names or when or where the race was run until the bets are placed.
Kaine, however, was skeptical that the racing game's revenues were reliable enough to become part of the funding foundation for a transportation plan.
The governor said he understands the estimated $350 million yield from the games is based on an assumption that 11,000 of the machines, which resemble ATM consoles, could be put in existing Virginia off-track betting facilities.
www.wjla.com /news/stories/0207/395371.html   (966 words)

 BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Japan voters eye two-horse race
The 46-year-old former diplomat and candidate for the opposition Democrat Party (DPJ) is campaigning hard to keep his parliamentary seat in the Tokyo 19th district, travelling down even its narrowest streets in his campaign minibus to rally the voters.
In their determination to unseat the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) which has dominated Japanese politics for half a century, the DPJ have borrowed the idea of a manifesto from Britain.
In the past it was the elderly faction-leaders in the LDP who chose ministers and decided policy behind the scenes.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/asia-pacific/3247023.stm   (729 words)

 Boston.com / News / Local / District Four is horse race
The details feel less important than the shot in the arm the race has given to politics in Dorchester and Mattapan and to neighborhood politics in general.
Until recently, this was a race dominated by questions of who is really behind Ezedi.
With three weeks to go, that may be the most impressive thing about the race.
www.boston.com /news/local/articles/2003/10/16/district_four_is_horse_race   (663 words)

 Pricci: Greed, politics ruining race industry - Horse Racing - MSNBC.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Ed Reinke / AP The racing industry is in jeopardy in many areas of the country, NBCSports.com contributor John Pricci writes.
I fear that what happens when thoroughbreds get together between the fences even on racing’s biggest days has become irrelevant for the greed and ignorance of the keepers inside the sport and the do-gooders outside it that would legislate morality to further their political ambition.
In New York, an embattled racing association fighting for its existence felt compelled to establish the country’s first detention barn mandated for all horses to keep cheaters at bay.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/6448213/did/7914260   (610 words)

 SALON Daily Clicks: Media Circus
The show revels in the horse race, offering up daily fixes of stuff that only true political junkies could crave: obscure Republican vice-presidential hopefuls, reports on local races such as the semi-sentient nonagenarian Strom Thurmond's bid to win re-election to the Senate, and polls, polls, polls.
When "Inside Politics" takes on an actual issue, such as welfare reform, it focuses mainly on who the political winners and losers will be.
During the Republican primaries, "Inside Politics" regularly hyped trends that weren't borne out at the ballot box, such as the alleged Steve Forbes surge and Pat Buchanan's "victory" in New Hampshire, where the Chardonnay-sippin' pitchfork populist received fewer votes than he did four years ago.
www.salon.com /media/media960529.html   (815 words)

 PressThink: Horse Race Now! Horse Race Tomorrow! Horse Race Forever!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
They are mute on a favorite horse race question: how things are going to "play out from here," as reporters and pundits say.
Politics in a Different Key "It is the politics of the savvy class.
A Politics That is Dumber than Spam "I remember the moment when presidential campaigns turned from just maddening and absurd to completely empty for me. It might have happened years before, but I am a believer in politics.
journalism.nyu.edu /pubzone/weblogs/pressthink/2004/01/01/inside_baseball.html   (4396 words)

 American Politics Journal -- One Eye on the US Horse Race
Of course, we've followed the rise and subsequent comedic fall of Howard Dean's campaign, and are now declaring that we never thought him to be presidential anyway.
And so we find ourselves approaching Super Tuesday next week with hope in our hearts that there could be a slight chance that Bush might be unseated, and being the self-absorbed nation that we are, the inevitable question turns as to how this might affect us.
Having always placed massive importance on the inner workings of American politics and how they affect the British model, these are questions surely being asked in Downing Street, particularly with a general election looming on the horizon.
www.americanpolitics.com /20040222Mitchell.html   (568 words)

 CNN.com - Mark Shields: A gubernatorial horse race in Ohio? - Sep. 23, 2002
Nor is the Ohio governor's race the exception in the fall of 2002.
Because, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers, state revenues lag behind any economic recovery and because some states have already spent their "rainy-day" funds or their tobacco settlements next year fiscally for the states will be worse.
That could explain why close to 400 of the 435 U.S. House races on November 5 are judged today by both sides to be "safe" for one party, while only three of the 36 governors races are.
cnn.com /2002/ALLPOLITICS/09/23/column.shields.opinion.ohio.horserace/index.html   (626 words)

 Is an election a horse race? - 4Forums.com
If the candidate I vote for supports the policies to which I'm most opposed, then even if he wins, in terms of having my views represented--which is the whole point of voting in the first place--I still LOSE.
By the topic title I thought the term "horse race" meant that it was just a scramble to the finish line.
Admittedly, the concept of the Straussian text is one susceptible to intellectual mischief in the form of wild claims about the esoteric meaning of texts, not to mention rather off-putting for anyone who doesn’t like know-it-all elites.
www.4forums.com /political/showthread.php?t=3118   (417 words)

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