Friday, January 4, 2008

Iowa speaks up

I'm obviously thrilled with Obama's win yesterday. I know a lot of people on the left felt that a Hillary win would be an extremely satisfying punch in the jaw to Bush. But while Obama won't give us revenge for the past eight years, he is the one to bring us all together and start cleaning up the mess. The battle is far from over, but I find the results extremely encouraging.

I also have to have a shadenfruede giggle at poor Mitt. I read that he spent upwards of $100 million in Iowa. I don't dislike him, but he is so plastic that I could never actually support him. (I still can't get over the "I'd double Gitmo!" comment.) But Huckabee, wow, that is scary. That is the monster that Rove and Bush created by fusing religion and politics, the evangelicals now want an actual preacher to be President. I can't imagine him actually winning the nomination with most of the DC machine against him. But wow. So despite my misgivings about him, I'm still rooting for McCain in New Hampshire.

My favorite statistic, though, is this one.

Total Voter Turnout (approximate): 356,000

Percentage of total vote
24.5% Obama
20.5% Edwards
19.8% Clinton
11.4% Huckabee

The clear Republican winner got less than half the number of votes that went to Obama. This just feels good.


  1. That is indeed a TREE-mendous stat. If only it could stay that way...

  2. So, I have decided that for today I am going to support Edwards. This could all change tomorrow, but that's where I stand for now. Unlike the people out there who think that only a Republican can protect this country (I would like to point out that it was a Republican in charge when the worst terrorist attack on the United States occured) I believe that what we need is a strong leader to take us out of the mess Bush has created. There I have probably pissed off some people, but oh well, these are just my opinions.

    I too appreciated the shadenfreude (I had to sing the song to remember the correct spelling) at Mitt. Although Huckabee scares me I think that he is the Democrats dream. There is no way that he would win a national election. I also don't believe that he will get the party nomination. Once the big states start to vote we will have a better picture of who the candidates will be. It's wait and see time...

    Don't work to hard!!!

  3. I too had a happy day when I logged on early this AM. I'm so torn about investing myself in the election this time around. I'm not the smartest cookie when it comes to politics, and last time I was honestly shocked when Bush was re-elected. I spent a whole day on the couch thinking it over and wishing it wasn't so. If a preacher won the presidency this time around, I'd definitely have to cash in some major medical leave while I recovered.

    So I'm glad to hear other folks explaining the whys' of how it won't happen.

    Great statistics. I too am excited to see how things continue to unfold.