Barack Obama has pulled off a major victory in Iowa tonight but perhaps the most surprising thing to me was that Hillary Clinton finished not in first, not even in second but came in third. Wow.
She sounded in her speech like she had just woken up from a nap and even for her standards she really sounded fake. She looked like she was pushing buttons like a machine, a robot. She was phoning it in (didn't put much effort into it) and just co-opting Obama and to some extent Edwards message of change. She's so shameless. She bashes Obama over the head with "Experience is more important then change" and then she's now on the change band-wagon. Watch the amazing, nauseating and world famous Clinton spin machine as it twirls off its axis in over-drive!!
This brings me to John Edwards, whom I deeply respect and really like but the hand-writing is pretty much on the wall for him. He came in second for the the last two elections and thus, showed no improvement. Now he turns to the north as the icy winds of New Hampshire are now blowing against him being that the granite state hasn't been kind to him. In the 2004 election he came in fourth in the live free or die state. Especially since Obama will roll into New Hampshire with the big mo (momentum), massive press attention and an influx of cash.
Edwards wasn't doing very well in NH before tonight, anyway and with the the Obama freight train thundering into the state, Edwards looks to be run over. Perhaps I'd still give Edwards a chance in the NH primary if he was second to Obama by only a few percentage points but he finished behind Barack by nearly 10%. Yes, he only won by one point when you restrict the numbers to just Democrats. However, being able to reach out and win independents is how you win a presidency and Obama won them over big time in Iowa. Don't forget, New Hampshire is a famously proud independent state. Score another point for Obama.
The odds for the great state of North Carolina's favorite son are indeed long and he doesn't have much time to improve them before the NH primary. It is time for the party to coalesce behind a candidate and for that reason and the others listed above, I am fully backing Barack Obama. To not only win the White House but even more exciting, make history in the process and usher in a new generation of leadership in America.
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