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It would be folly to conclude too much from Iowa -- especially after it seemed like there were four or five acceptance speeches!

But we can say two things:

1) Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mike Huckabee are for real.

2) Hillary Clinton is eminently beatable.

Likability seemed to be paramount to the gentle Iowan soul, and Obama and Huckabee are certainly that, while Clinton is much less so.

But the Iowa results pose more questions than they answer. Will Obama have the strength to take down the vaunted and well-funded Clinton machine in the upcoming sprint to the nomination? Will Huckabee attract the secular support he'll need to make Iowa more than a revival meeting? Can Rudy Giuliani step in after the first few contests and take over? What the heck happened to Mitt Romney? Does his knockdown smooth the way for John McCain?

And is John Edwards running for president of the United States or the Teamsters?

While pondering such things, there may be a few other conclusions you can reach from the Iowa caucuses.

After Clinton's and Romney's disappointing showings -- a surprising third and a distant second -- you have to wonder if it's possible to promise or spend your way, respectively, into the White House.

In addition, Republicans had better look at Iowa as a huge red flag. Not only did the Democratic winner, Obama, look extremely presidential in his acceptance speech, but reports indicated much more energy and excitement in the Democratic than the Republican ranks at the caucuses.

Obama may be fresh and inexperienced, but in his acceptance speech he showed all the potential he hinted at in his stirring 2004 keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. And, in fact, it seemed like a nomination acceptance speech Thursday night, the way he repeatedly invoked unity and bipartisanship and appeared to be talking past not only Iowa, but the Democratic Party.

It was as brilliant as Howard Dean's scream was fatal.

Still, one other question looms over Obama's campaign: How would he govern -- like the centrist he sounds like now, or like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and others who have given over to the extremists in the Democratic Party?

But in soundly defeating the "inevitable" Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama answered the admiring question we asked after his 2004 introduction to the national stage: Is this guy for real?

You bet he is.

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Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 01/05/08 - 05:58 am
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Obama was the only President

Obama was the only President I saw speaking in Iowa after the results. I agree that the energy was there as well. But now he has to face the sharks (National Press Corps) and he will know what it is like to be 'vetted'. Primaries are a good thing.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/05/08 - 07:35 am
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The reason for the primaries

The reason for the primaries is to glean the wheat from the chaff. One primary sets no trend. As far as energy goes, the Dems attract the emotional and the Repubs attract the reflective (for the most part). It's the nature of the message. The next thirty days will be a lot more indicative then the past year. The voters are getting involved at this point.

justus4
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justus4 01/05/08 - 07:36 am
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The Ill. Senator is for real
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The Ill. Senator is for real and stunned the Clintons. Her reaction to his win was pathetic. He also must win NH to seal the deal, because Iowa did not address real issues. Watch the media as he heads south, with racial politics galore. Don't be surprise when some white woman comes forward(paid for by some conservative) and....U know the rest. It happened in Tn. with Harold Ford (Blk D.) running for senate seat against Lamar Alexander (Wht R.) It worked against Ford, because whites believed the ad. This will happen again, and southerners will be asked to believe it. And thats when the truth will be known about the so-call southern strategy and the intellegence of the south.

DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 01/05/08 - 08:49 am
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I know a few people who don't

I know a few people who don't trust any of these candidates in the office of the White House. Some were true Republicans who turned Independent, and some were Democrat turned Independent. I am Independent and a lot of what they say just don't match their voting in Congress. I looked at their voting records and WOW, they turned away from the people all right, I wonder if we vote for them if they will just turn away again.

LBenedict
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LBenedict 01/05/08 - 09:00 am
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Brad, Clinton and Edwards

Brad, Clinton and Edwards spoke after the results, and their "speeches" were pathetic, doom-and-gloom left wing inane dribble that we have grown accustomed to. Obama and Huckabee stated that there are problems, but embraced the desire and belief that they can and will be tackled. They spoke how candidates should speak. BTW, so much for Hillary's union cronies and former Iowa governor backing her; 3rd place should be considered a victory for her as the Iowa voters know what she is all about.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/05/08 - 10:15 am
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Justis, it must be shocking

Justis, it must be shocking for Bob Corker to hear that Lamar Alexander defeated Ford in 2006. Corker thinks he won. Do you think Lamar and Corker both go to the Senate together?
Get your facts straight.

karmakills123
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karmakills123 01/05/08 - 10:27 am
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LOL@"miss the mark" justus

LOL@"miss the mark" justus again ~:-)

dani
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dani 01/05/08 - 10:48 am
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President Barack Hussein

President Barack Hussein Obama.. president of the United States of America, that certainly should make some of those radicals in the middle East take notice. Who would have ever thought it? If it happens there will be celebrations in the streets of ...you name it.

teharper428
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teharper428 01/05/08 - 11:19 am
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good grief, whatif, the only

good grief, whatif, the only radicals Senator Obama's name stirs up is the fear mongers.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/05/08 - 01:22 pm
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That's right teharper482.

That's right teharper482. That's what the Dems are all about.

teharper428
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teharper428 01/05/08 - 01:42 pm
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that's too funny, Patricia.

that's too funny, Patricia. You out did yourself today. But I am surprised you didn't fit in the word socialist.

dani
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dani 01/05/08 - 02:23 pm
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teharper..Who are the fear

teharper..Who are the fear mongers? I keep hearing about recession,we are all gonna starve. No universal health care, we are gonna die because we don't have the money to see a doctor,
we are losing all of our freedoms (the ACLU still haven't found anybody to use as a test case for the loss of liberty, so I don't know what that is all about.) That we are doomed if we don't create change (I guess we go from being a free country to one where the Democrat politicians will tell everyone how to live,k after all the Dim's are paying big money for you to follow them.

Sorry, about the ranting teh..., just don't understand who you mean when you use the term
"fear mongers'

Queen4842
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Queen4842 01/05/08 - 02:55 pm
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The presidential election

The presidential election will be a mirror of the Nov 2006 election. Look for huge surprises in the winners cause who you think will win will not.

jack
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jack 01/05/08 - 04:11 pm
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Justus4. I do enjoy seeing

Justus4. I do enjoy seeing you make a fool of yourself each time you post. You are just a black racist who enjoys being a "victim" (of your own choosing). Nothing more, nothing less. I am a Republican, but will have a hard time voting for Huckster. I was a Thompson supporter, but he can't get off his lazy butt and is at almost the bottom of the heap (above Ron Paul, however). McCain would be my next choice.

dani
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dani 01/05/08 - 04:57 pm
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I am looking forward to the

I am looking forward to the debates tonight and to the debate tomorrow night on Fox. O'reilly is trying to get Fred on his show, I am hoping it happens. This is an interesting weekend for politics. The Iowa caucus didn't tell us much. Especially since no blacks voted there. All were people looking for change and Obama is a novelty to them. N.H. will be more of the same without the Christian element. Again an all white caucus. I guess we will get some of all sides when it gets to South Carolina. Edwards has a large following across the river..ugh

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 01/05/08 - 04:58 pm
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if we have mccain, does that

if we have mccain, does that mean we also have l graham from sc? after their last collaboration, i'm not sure we're ready for that. with mccain's age, that could mean graham for pres.

dani
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dani 01/05/08 - 05:17 pm
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converted..I thought at one

converted..I thought at one time that Lindsey was doing a good job for S.C. What happened to him?

jungletobacco
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jungletobacco 01/05/08 - 05:18 pm
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McCain said we could be in

McCain said we could be in Iraq for 100 years.......100 years? How is he going to win the general election? Why dont he get tough on imagration before he try to re-live some sick old Vietnam glory.

dani
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dani 01/05/08 - 05:23 pm
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jungle..I am not a great fan

jungle..I am not a great fan of McCain, but that doesn't sound right. He certainly doesn't believe that. The man is smart and a patriot if nothing else.XXExcuse me. I just googled the comment and evidently McCain said as long as no one is getting killed, our presence in Iraq for 50 or 100 years would be okay.
That sounds right.

teharper428
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teharper428 01/05/08 - 06:17 pm
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So, whatif, when are you

So, whatif, when are you going down to the recruiting office to sign up for some of those 100 years?

badleeroy
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badleeroy 01/05/08 - 07:29 pm
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i will not vote for anyone

i will not vote for anyone who does not respect the national anthem by standing and covering their heart. obama is toast.

dani
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dani 01/05/08 - 07:53 pm
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teh..Not me ..I would if I

teh..Not me ..I would if I could but I can't. What I said is it sound likes something McCain would say, not that I agree, although I do agree now that I think about it. Whatever is necessary for the good of the world. He said, "as long as no one is getting killed". I know, 'money is still being spent that won't go to more government programs for those that don't need it. It's not lives that count, its that almighty dollar.' People can be go greedy. God help us all to understand that sowing seeds in the wind is a waste of good seed.

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sjgraci 01/05/08 - 08:21 pm
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The Democrats hammered the

The Democrats hammered the Repubs in Iowa. Huckabee came in a distant 4th in terms of votes received in a state that is virtually split 50/50 with party affiliation. On top of that, all Repubs have to do is show up and vote while Dems take hours to caucus. Things don't bode well for the Repubs in 2008.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 01/05/08 - 09:00 pm
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sorry, but in iowa the dems

sorry, but in iowa the dems caucus spend a couple of hrs trying to get people to change their minds to vote for someone else. the republicans vote is more like the primary. they are not done in the same manner and a low percentage of people attend. anyone from any state can go in there and vote and also they do not have to vote for their designated party. a possibility is that several republicans voted for obama just to vote against hillary. in the regular primaries they will have to vote in their own precincts and their registered party. this vote could/could not have any implications of things to come.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/05/08 - 10:47 pm
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sjgraci, re: your 7:21 post.

sjgraci, re: your 7:21 post. Only people as equally uninformed and confused as you appear to be would think your comment has merit. Your post makes it seem like you read two web sites and commented.

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