Here are some of my quick vomitaceous thoughts about the Iowa Caucus last night.
If you’re a political junkie, I’m assuming you’ve been glued to the TV or internet. We’re going through the Q Cafe remodel right now so I was “shocked” to hear the late results… I’m no political analyst but I was completely off on my predictions.
For the Democratic Party, I predicted: 1] Clinton, 2] Edwards, and 3] Obama. As you know, the results were complete opposite with Obama at 38%. I don’t know if I am more shocked about Obama at 38% or Clinton coming in 3rd. I think it’s the latter. No, I’m simply shocked at the idea or possibility that this country could be ready or would vote for an African-American president. And yes, like others, I was captivated by Obama’s speech - even if it was your typical political rhetoric. I’m eager to hear from him and others – beyond the typical political rhetoric. But as I wrote months ago, I still get scared for Obama’s life. I hate even thinking those thoughts.
For the Republican Party, I predicted: 1] Romney, 2] Huckabee, and 3] McCain. The results were also shocking with 1] Huckabee, 2] Romney, and 3] Thompson and McCain neck to neck at 13%. If McCain has a poor showing in NH, he might as well pack it in. Seriously, who in their right mind thought [a year ago or even six months ago] that Huckabee would be in this situation? Anyone? I know there’s a few Huckabee supporters amongst our readers here so I’d love to hear what draws you to him. Honestly and initially, when Huckabee started to get some press, he reminded me of Ross Perot – but a little more presidential. Huckabee is certainly growing in resonance with many – and it’s not just because of his “evangelical faith” but his willingness to move away from the traditional Republican platform.
What’s the lesson here? It’s not about Huckabee…don’t mess with Chuck Norris!
I don’t want to create a firestorm here… While I’m weary of Bush and the ongoing war in Iraq, I’m not afraid at all about Huckabee’s open expression of his faith in Christ. But, lest we forget, let me again remind folks that Obama takes his faith in Christ to heart as well.
Maybe all the political pundits are right – maybe this is a small glimpse of America saying, “We Want Change.” And for the record, I’m as yet undecided who I will vote for.
Alright, let’s talk it out. What did folks think about the Iowa caucus results?