04 January 2008

Some Small Hope

You might be inclined to say that the good news is that Senator Barack Obama won the biggest majority of the delegates in the Democratic Iowa caucuses. Fair enough.

But the better news is that Senator Hillary Clinton didn't win. Despite the money spent, despite the hours invested, despite all the glad-handing, Clinton didn't win. Not only didn't she win, she placed third, after John Edwards. All of this suggests that there is a glimmer of hope, however small, that she can be prevented from securing the Democratic nomination. I've written it before, and I'll write it again: I do not believe Senator Clinton stands for anything except her own self-advancement. That is not the kind of person we need as our next president.

On the Republican side, Mike Huckabee's victory indicates that the GOP seems set to continue it's morphing into the POG: the Party of God. That's a shame for Ron Paul, who secured a respectable 10% showing in Iowa -- and who might do well in New Hampshire -- but faces an increasingly religiously-deterministic crowd of Republicans. At least Paul can always decide to run as a Libertarian.

I am tired of this process, and we've barely begun. I can't wait for New Hampshire, if only for the sense that it means we are one step closer to ending the misery of this interminable campaign "season." Nonetheless, Senator Obama likes to point to the importance of hope - and Iowans have just offered us a tiny little bit of a reason to hope.


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