Iowa Final Thoughts

It’s over now.  Already you can see footage of the caucusing places shut down, empty gyms with signs carrying dreams left discarded on card tables.  Despite the hardcore presence that Mitt Romney has kept in Iowa from the beginning, he was beat by a baptist minister and former Arkansas governor that wasn’t even on the board a couple of months ago.  Meanwhile, the Clinton machine was faced with it’s worst nightmare; over 200,000 Democratic caucus goers interjecting more new blood, more hope for change than the establishment candidate could afford to weather.  That storm that capsized the one time inevitable candidate was named Barack Obama, and now, with over 90% reporting, Obama is walking away from Iowa with a solid seven point lead.

If anything Iowa has proven to be the primary of hope.  The man from Hope Arkansas took on the closest thing to an establishment candidate the GOP had to offer, and he ran away with the victory in Iowa in short order.  Meanwhile, the Politics of Hope marched out to Iowa in record numbers while the old machine candidate is looking so far to come out of Iowa with a narrow third place.

Right now, as I get ready to return to my vacation (with a little alcohol induced celebration thrown in), I know that on virtually any news channel you will hear anchors talking about how historic of a victory Senator Obama just won, and I don’t think there is a way to overestimate it.  This isn’t about race, this isn’t about partisan warfare, this is about hope, and change, and tonight it feels like hope and change have a chance in a political world where such things are little more than slogans that are ignored the moment an election is won.

I came off of vacation for this one day, and I have to say, a day back on the wires could hardly have felt better.  Even now, John Edwards just said “status quo lost, and change won”.  And even as he says this, Hillary has now dropped unequivocally to third place, and out of the thirty percentile decade.

There are times when politics can wear on you.  Story after story of incompetence, gridlock, and corruption can drive you down to the ground and make you think that America is destined no longer for anything except mediocrity.  But tonight feels a little different.

There’s still a long way to go, but I think the next few weeks are clear.  Obama’s story is going to spread, and more people are going to believe.  Iowa proved America does not fear a black president, and that the youth of this country are finally at a place where they will stand up and vote for a better tomorrow.  The negativity that sought to shoot down the politics of hope, the cynicism that tried to cut it off at the knees, saying it wouldn’t work, much of that has been cleared away tonight.

There are more than two winners tonight; Huckabee and Obama.  But the Democratic party which pulled in more caucus goers than I think most people were willing to believe, the Democratic party becomes the winner.  And when so many people, young and old, male or female, came together and rejected the politics of the past, and embraced change that we could believe in, I think America came out the winner.

And so, with this feeling of hope I haven’t felt for so long, I go back to spending some time with my loved ones, and I will see you again on the Fourteenth.

See you then.

2 Responses to “Iowa Final Thoughts”

  1. Dynamic says:

    It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say this without any sarcasm, but damn, it’s a great night to be an American.

  2. I know what you mean Dynamic.
    I couldn’t believe it earlier this evening. It was just such an astounding feeling. The turnout, and just the huge win for Obama. Can’t remember the last time I felt so good about an election result for a candidate that actually, factually, excited me!!

    It’s a great time to be in America.

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