Garance Franke-Ruta

Garance Franke-Ruta is a former senior editor at the Prospect. Her work has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Washington Monthly, The New Republic, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. She was a 2006 recipient of a fellowship at the Joan Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University.

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Joe Biden should win some kind of prize for the most outlandish, if taken literally, campaign promise of the season. His campaign this afternoon sent out an e-mail with the subject line: "I will eat Rudy Giuliani alive at a debate."

If that doesn't grab your attention, nothing will.

From the fundraising appeal:

I can't wait to debate Rudy Giuliani.



Michelle Obama has announced that she's going to delay her appearance on The View, originally scheduled for Dec. 5, until after the end of the Writers Guild of America strike. "Michelle Obama will not cross a picket to line to appear on 'the View.' When the strike ends she looks forward to appearing," says Obama spokesman Bill Burton.


Two more Barack Obama data points worth noting:

  • The Los Angeles Times' Seema Mehta reports that Iowa City college students are organizing to disperse themselves across the state for Obama in an effort to turn the problem of the early caucus date into a campaign boon:

    "Hawkeyes for Obama" has named "hometown caucus captains" across the state.

    These volunteers are assigned a group of students who are originally from their hometowns, and meet with them on campus during the school year.