Obama Wins Iowa: Why Everyone Has a Reason to Celebrate Tonight
by Arianna Huffington
January 3, 2008
Even if your candidate didn’t win tonight, you have reason to celebrate. We all do.
Barack Obama’s stirring victory in Iowa — down home, folksy, farm-fed, Midwestern, and 92 percent white Iowa — says a lot about America, and also about the current mindset of the American voter.
Because tonight voters decided that they didn’t want to look back. They wanted to look into the future — as if a country exhausted by the last seven years wanted to recapture its youth.
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Comment to the blog of Dr. Juan Cole (Informed Comment) in response to the blog post:
Zogby: Huckabee, Obama Surge
December 23, 2007
Dear Dr. Cole,
I, for one, believe Barack Obama will continue to surprise to the upside, if only because I believe — perhaps wishful thinking on my part — that the country is weary of the politics of division, post facto rationalizations of past poor judgement, and cross aisle finger pointing.
Aside from his grass roots community building “chops,” clear intelligence and ability to think on his feet in context-sensitive manner, Obama has clearly got the “vision thing” down to an art and in a way this country rather desperately needs in a campaign that is shaping up quite possibly as the “Hope on Hope” campaign, regardless of the Democratic candidate, not unrelated in my view to Huckabee’s recent rise in the polls.
Most importantly, it is a matter of unassailable public record that Obama took a stand from the beginning against the War in Iraq, a position I believe he has never wavered from. Via Wikipedia:
I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars. […] You want a fight, President Bush? Let’s finish the fight with Bin Laden and al-Qaeda, through effective, coordinated intelligence, and a shutting down of the financial networks that support terrorism, and a homeland security program that involves more than color-coded warnings.
– fall 2002 anti-war rally at Chicago’s Federal Plaza
I believe he will be rewarded by the electorate for having had the courage and foresight to take the unpopular stand when it was a very difficult position to take.