Kelly Nuxoll

Kelly Nuxoll is an editorial intern at the Prospect. She blogs about the presidential election for The Huffington Post.

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When Hillary Clinton drops out of the race, the disappointment her supporters will feel will not be not trivial. A campaign, like a romance, inspires fantasies of the future; it idealizes another person; it makes you feel that you're part of something larger than yourself. And when it's over, your heart breaks. "What we're talking about here is the phenomenon of attachment," explains Dr. Alan Lipman , a clinical psychologist. "When you lose that, you experience a loss of hope. To put it in medical terms, it's a bereavement." This Democratic primary may have been particularly -- even exquisitely -- positioned to break supporters' hearts. Hillary Clinton and Barck Obama are both candidates voters can pin their dreams on. What's more, just how close Clinton came only makes it worse for her supporters. As devoted as they may have been, Dennis Kucinich's followers probably did not ache with grief when their candidate dropped out. But for Clinton supporters, the worst part is that they may...

Clinton, Obama, and the Gaming Industry

Where do the Democratic presidential candidates stand on gambling and regulation of the industry?

Although the gaming industry has long been a major campaign contributor, this year's early Nevada caucuses hauled it into the political theater and flooded it with neon light. Sen. Barack Obama, who won the endorsement of the casino workers' union -- but not necessarily the votes -- was challenged to declare his support for gaming. To demonstrate her commitment to the industry, Senator Clinton assembled a Nevada Business Coalition comprised largely of casino CEOs and stakeholders. Yet, given their records, it is unclear that either Obama or Clinton would substantially influence federal gaming policy as president. Clinton certainly has a long history and close ties to the industry. Obama has made public comments acknowledging the importance of gaming to many communities' economies. Nevertheless, both candidates' gestures toward the gaming industry have been largely symbolic and rhetorical -- which in the long run probably serves the industry just fine. Clinton's history with gaming...


I'm here in Arlington, blogging from the gym bleachers while the Washington and Lee High School band plays and the line outside stretches down the block and doubles back, like a small intestine. More when Hillary Clinton arrives... --Kelly Nuxoll


Polling a distant third in his native state, John Edwards has never looked so good. At a young voters forum in Columbia, Edwards addressed a modest gathering of 300 or so in a campaign sweatshirt and a pair of blue jeans, with an ink stain on the pocket. "I'm the underdog in this race," he said. "I don't have all the money, the media, the glitz." Considering that a third to half the room was holding a camera or taking notes, Edwards appeared right about only two of those things. He's lost the shiny, perma-pressed tie he wore in Iowa, and his limited budget and lessened ability to draw crowds means he's doing more events like this one: tucked away in a corner of a convention center, where the buffet lunch upstairs was attracting more attention than the presidential candidate railing against the special interests. At last, Edwards was looking more like the scrappy working man his stump speech claims he is, and less like a trial lawyer channeling the populist voice of Joe Trippi . If...


The Clinton campaign appears not only to be fighting hard in the state it hinted it might pass up, but also seeking to diffuse Obama's apparent advantage among African-American voters. Clinton is speaking across the state today. She began this morning with a rally at Benedict College, a historically black school in Columbia. Race was addressed before she even took the mike. Former New York Mayor David Dinkins , accompanying Clinton this morning, admitted many people had asked him if he felt "awkward supporting Senator Clinton when a person of color is running." Dinkins reiterated the message of the three other African-Americans who provided introductions for Clinton: Voters should consider what's best for the nation before they consider a candidate's race. "Who do you know who can do the job, instead of who you hope and dream could do the job?" Dinkins said. The phrasing was an explicit jab at Obama's campaign slogan and eerily reminiscent of Bill Clinton 's accusation that Obama's...