Four years ago at this time, we were coming out of Iowa instead of New Hampshire, but the network interviewers also stuck to horse-race queries when interviewing Democrats Bradley and Gore (just like this year).
But not the Republicans. The day after Bush and Gore won in Iowa, ABC asked Gore about whether Bradley should drop out he doesn’t win New Hampshire, and whether the race would end there. But ABC took out the fast-pitch machine for Bush, asking that if Roe v. Wade is repealed (as if that was happening any time soon), would doctors be prosecuted? Would the women seeking abortions be prosecuted? It was only January, but the show came in like a lamb, and went out like a lion.