Iowa and Beyond: Democrats

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The Iowa caucuses are now over with some clear winners and some clear losers. We bid adieu to Senators Dodd and Biden, thanking them for their effort and watching the door hit their ass on the way out.

My favored candidate, Barack Obama, started the election season magnificently with 38 percent of the vote and beating Edwards/Clinton by a solid 200 delegates.

So that leads to the obvious question, what’s next for the Democrats? In short. It’s come time to say goodbye to the pretty boy from North Carolina. Edwards put all his effort into Iowa and all that effort came up short next to the inspiration delivered by Obama. As for Mrs. Clinton, it’s crunch time. Clinton has to win the New Hampshire primary or it is over. New Hampshire is solidly Clinton Country, being a base for “New England Liberals.” If Obama is able to capture New Hampshire, and I believe he can, the Democratic contest for the nomination will quickly become alot smaller.
My predictions for the Democrats: It’ll be an interesting long weekend for the Democrats. Look for a change in rhetoric by Senator Clinton, first seen this evening in her speech after her 3rd place finish in Iowa. She is going to take another stab at compassion, which is bound to be awkward to watch. I don’t see Edwards lasting past New Hampshire, he simply doesn’t have the money or supporters. A favorite of the Unions now, the support will quickly vanish post New Hampshire and Iowa. One can easily expect a 3rd place for Edwards in New Hampshire. As for Obama, the sky really is the limit. This evening’s speech was reminiscent of the rhetorical magic created by Bobby Kennedy.

Quote of the evening for the Democrats: We are choosing hope over fear, we are choosing unity over division and sending a powerful message that change is coming to America -B. Obama

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