Well, I wasn't really surprised at the outcome of the Iowa caucuses at all. As I posted yesterday, I figured Barack Obama would do well since he's from a neighboring state. What's funny (both humorous and peculiar) is that Obama, Edwards, Clinton, AND Huckabee were all touting "Change, Change, Change!" so the press is screaming how the Iowa caucuses were all about change and how America is embracing change this election season.
Gimme a break! Iowa almost never predicts the actual outcome of the Presidential elections. In fact I remarked to my partner that Hillary probably isn't all that discouraged since her own husband was the third choice in Iowa his first time out, and he wound up winning twice.
The only real surprise is how close it was between Edwards and Clinton, so New Hampshire should prove interesting.
DISTURBING is the word for Mike Huckabee's win. Surprising, no. After all, let's remember that Pat Robertson came in second in that state when he ran. There's a huge evangelical base in Iowa. They came out for Huckabee in droves, approximately 6 evangelicals voting out of every 10 Republicans. Again, New Hampshire should be a better indicator of where America's heart lies--Romney and Guiliani should do better there.
If not, and if Mike Huckabee wins in New Hampshire, there goes genuine democracy in this country. He's already made clear his agenda: overturn Roe v. Wade, stop any legislation that gives gay people anything remotely approaching equal rights, appoint justices such as his hero Scalia to the Supreme Court, and don't allow federal courts to "interfere" when local courts approve legislation that violates the separation of church and state. Hello? Nothing against Christians, but we don't need zombie Jesus-bots taking over the country.
In the balance, more good news: Joe Biden's out. Blech. I never liked that guy.