IFC's resident political junkies Will Rabbe and Sarah Scully kicked off the network's election coverage with a 10-minute overview of how the process begins. Reporting from Iowa and New Hampshire, they spoke with candidates, their supporters and pundits about what to look for as the 2008 election kicks off.
Will Rabbe and Sarah Scully report from New Hampshire on the Clinton comeback, the McCain jump start as well as touching on the beginning of "Obamania" and the Ron Paul Revolution. Setting up the stakes for the next contests, Will and Sarah speak to pundits such as David Brooks, Maureen Dowd and Juan Williams and the proudly independent citizens of this small state.
Will and Sarah report form numerous locations in South Carolina on the GOP effort to win the elusive "southern vote," assessing the damage to the second, third and fourth place candidates as well as investigating underground negative attacks.
Will and Sarah return to SC to report on a very different style of primary race, analyzing the intensification of the Clinton vs. Obama battle with Rep. James Clyburn, questioning the campaigns (including interview with Hillary Clinton) and visiting with the Edwards campaign on what ends up being their last event. WIll and Sarah also show a first hand account of the historic turnout at the polls.
In a super-sized special, Will and Sarah take step back to look at the election so far, putting the election in historical perspective with top politicos such as John Zogby, Margaret Carlson and Al Hunt, Will and Sarah speak with candidates current and former (Geraldine Ferraro) and get a shout out for IFC from Bill Clinton. This episode provides a highlights reel of the most entertaining moments in the nomination battle, including an outrageously funny interview with pollster Frank Luntz and former SC Governor David Beasley in the credit roll.
Will Rabbe and Sarah Scully give you a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like from the reporter's perspective. As the chase down the candidates, Will and Sarah also speak with reporters such as Maureen Dowd, Ron Brownstein and Jonathan Martin about what it's like to cover a presidential race. Complete with footage from debate Spin Rooms and campaign buses.
Will Rabbe and Sarah Scully join up with the Clinton, Obama and McCain campaigns as the GOP ties up their nomination and the Democrats protract their struggle. Rabbe drops in on the Obama campaign, grilling top adviser David Axelrod about strategy and expectations while Sarah flies with Hillary Clinton between Texas and Ohio. Rabbe explains how the results affect the Democratic race while Sarah reports from McCain's official nomination victory party in Dallas.
Will and Sarah speak with tech guru Andrew Rasiej, YouTube's Steve Grove, Bill Bradly and many others about how new technology has changed the ways voters and campaigns interact with each other, assessing which candidates have made the most of this democratic tool and revisiting the "Macaca" moment.
Will and Sarah dissect the carefully craft messages that candidates repeat dozens of times a day. Reporters who listen to the repetition for a living, offer their own amusing takes on the topic, particularly Jennifer Senior of New York Magazine, who has McCain's stump speech down pat.
Will and Sarah interview just a few of the hundred of thousands of people volunteering on the campaigns, sacrificing sleep and pay to knock-on-doors and wave signs. These impassioned volunteers explain what makes them tick and what they do on a daily basis.
In this 17-minute election special, Will Rabbe and Sarah Scully take you to the starting line of the general election as well as Hillary Clinton's final frontier. With coverage from inside the campaigns from DC to LA and various stops in between, Will gets a run down of arguments for staying in the race from the Clinton campaign while Sarah hops on the McCain campaign to catch a glimpse of the candidate with President Bush. Will and Sarah get a thorough analysis of the McCain Obama match-up from political thinkers as varied as Frank Luntz, Joe Trippi, Byron York, ...
Bill Bradley says humor is essential in keeping up morale within the campaign. Late-night comics count on election years to boost their ratings. Candidates themselves even try to make jokes sometimes. Rabbe and Scully speak with politicians, strategists and humorists about the role of comedy in the election.