Last night’s Democratic caucus results breathed new life into this presidential race by sucking the steam out of the Clinton political machine and casting the spotlight on Barack Obama – perhaps the only viable Democratic candidate who can attract cross-over voters and energize and mobilize new voters throughout the country.
Yesterday, many of the political blogs I read were filled with ridicule for the outpouring of media attention given to such a small, mostly rural and vastly white voting population. What, after all, could the small state of Iowa add to the nation’s political discussion? Turns out, quite a bit.
It’s still early, but I hope that the Iowa results will spell the beginning of the end for the Clinton campaign. Bill Clinton’s legacy of centrist politics has not helped the Democratic cause and I hope Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are paying attention to what happened in Iowa, too.
The divisions in this country are more than red state-blue state. Those of us who inhabit the vast midwest are tired of being characterized as unsophisticated hayseeds. We have something of value to add to the discourse, and last night proved it. It doesn’t matter that my personal choice for Democratic nominee failed to win. What matters is that the inside-the-beltway common thinking was smartly challenged and took a beating.