In February 1996, Jacobs was toying with some magazine concepts on the IPA Internet site ( and began writing “Campaign Journal,” a weekly column on the presidential election, under the Stump Connolly pseudonym. By November, the site was getting 3,000 hits daily.
The columns are collected in Jacobs’ book.
The Clinton-Dole match wasn’t Jacobs’ first foray into politcal reporting. He covered the Nixon-Humphrey slugfest in 1968 for the Harvard Crimson and Nixon’s knockout of McGovern in 1972 for the Milwaukee Sentinel. He moved to video journalism as a documentary producer in 1976.
The campaign trail opens again in 2000. “I can’t wait to go again,” Jacobs said.