Last Thursday was Iowa’s caucus night. It was a media bonanza. On the Democratic side Barack Obama took 38%, Edwards 30%, and Clinton 29% with Bill Richardson in a 4th at something around 4%.
On the Radio yesterday, Bob Scheer mentioned two things about the results that all Americans can be happy with: That a black guy can win a caucus for president in an almost all white state and that money can’t always buy a wining result. He also related a story about hearing from a person from Clinton’s campaign team that Hilary is a better candidate because Obama has relatively little political experience and using Bill Clinton’s first term as an example of what could happen if we elected a relative political novice. Of that exchange, Bob said it’s moments like this that keep him coming back. If this comparison made the main-stream news, I wonder how long it would take for that guy to get canned. Right, they’re campaigning subliminally on the public’s fondness of Bill and the ‘relative’ tranquility and prosperity of his time in office and selling the notion that we can expect a repeat (because they know what they’re doing). So the guy turns around and says Obama is like the Clinton you elected as president 16 years ago. Smooth!
The least talked about but probably most significant statistic to take away from the Iowa Caucuses were the turnout numbers. About 120,000 voters showed up to vote Republican while around 230,000 poured in to vote Democratic. That’s a huge difference. It’s hard to imagine a neck and neck national race on election day next fall.