What about Edwards? He is hanging on by a thread but I want the race to be between him and Obama. Edwards hasn't taken any PAC money or big corporate donations. That says a lot to me. I am still backing Kucinich at this point however.
The Pundits aren't burying sHillary yet, but they have her on life support. I don't think thats true either. She has the financial backing to go up to Super-Tuesday Feb 5th. That is when 20 states including mine have their primaries. If things shake out badly for her that day..I do think she will toss in the towel.
As for Iowa, thank Buddha it is done and over with..This mostly all Caucasian state really has no relevance to me in the race for the Presidency. Neither does New Hampshire. Lets see what primarily urban, mixed nationality states with large gay and lesbian voting blocks have to say.
The big vote in my opinion was the 'youth' vote. Those kids never come out in droves like they did last night in Iowa. If this trend continues..I think Huckabee and Obama will reap the rewards, as they did last night because they talk a good game that appeals to the young-uns. From Alternet:
The Iowa youth turnout rate has almost tripled since 2000. Participation of youth under 30 rose from 3 percent in 2000 to 11 percent in 2008. The turnout rate for those 30 and above was 15 percent. Among 17- to 29-year-old Democrats, 57 percent supported the winner, Barack Obama, and among 17- to 29-year-old Republicans, 40 percent supported the winner, Mike Huckabee, according to CNN's entrance poll.
We need all the voters we can get, regardless of who they vote for. The more the merrier..it makes it interesting if nothing else. ConsortiumNews has an interesting take on the post election speeches:
On the Democratic side, the contrast was visible during the post-caucus speeches by Clinton and Obama. Sen. Clinton was surrounded by old faces from Washington's Democratic hierarchy, which has compromised its way through the past quarter century of Republican political dominance.
There was former Democratic National Committee chairman (and renowned fundraiser) Terry McAuliffe, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, retired Gen. Wesley Clark, and Bill Clinton, looking especially weary as he maintained a smile throughout his wife's workmanlike political speech.
When Obama spoke to his supporters, the tableau was entirely different. He stood on a platform with his wife and two young daughters, with mostly young supporters behind him, not a single nationally recognized face among them.
Out with the old..in with the new?