Daily Archives: August 25, 2008

Gideon Rachman


The Democratic party will whip up some euphoria in Denver this week. But a dark cloud of anxiety hovers over the party convention.

A horrible truth is beginning to dawn on the Democrats. Barack Obama is not the “once in a generation” political genius they thought they had discovered. On the contrary, he is a weak candidate for the presidency. Read more

Gideon Rachman

Such is the crush of people here in Denver that the FT, in common with many other media organisations, has had to rent a house for an exorbitant sum of money.

There are five of us here in the FT house: me, Ed Luce, Clive Crook, Andrew Ward and Stephanie Kirchgaessner from the Washington office. As the last arrival, I got the last pick of bedrooms. There was much sniggering as I was ushered to my boudoir. I do not use the word lightly. My bed has satin sheets decorated with a leopard-skin motif. I have never slept on satin before and I can say that it is a truly revolting experience. But Clive says that I will come to love it – and that by the end of the week, I will be unable to sleep on anything else. Read more