Thursday, January 03, 2008

Some Kernels Of Interest

From what they are saying on TV:

- Nearly a doubling of Democratic turn-out in the 2008 versus 2004. If Iowa is in play, that's pretty damn cool. 212,000 caucus goers according to 91% of precincts reported. Holy crap.

- The Governor of Iowa calls this the greatest party building event of his lifetime.

- The two predicted winners are the two youngest candidates.

- 56% of the turnout was comprised of first-time caucus goers. And of those asked, a majority said they favored "change" over "experience" in their candidate - and those people voted for Obama 51 to 19.

- This is the first time there's a lack of a presumed nominee since 1952. (Of course, there have been several "presumed" over the last few weeks, but let's ignore that, eh, Media?)

- Poll data show Romney's negative messaging backfired while Huckabee's populist message hit a home run. He's a Reep who is tired of the current bunker mentality of the administration. Wow. How about that.

- Andrea Mitchell is continuing to shred the Potemkin Clinton party - she cites the deluge of union members as evidence that this is a B.S. collection of non-true-believers. And Matthew's notes that the Clinton's are carefully timing their comments to maximize television coverage in all time zones. Classic.

- I love Elizabeth Edwards. Just for the record.

- I think I kinda love John Edwards too. Doesn't mean I'll vote for him, necessarily. But I do. And his wife is calling him the 2d place finisher. Probably right.

- Edwards: "Status quo lost and change won." That's true - just not sure Edwards is change. And he cites this election as proving money doesn't equal victory. Must've listened to McCain's speech too.

- Go google up some of the entrance polls - these NBC people imply they have some on their site. I'm quoting them on any numbers on here. Dunno if I'll get around to linking to anything - but you can go find it. The final data sets will probably change anyway.

- If the upcoming primaries are as exciting - turn-out and demographics wise - it's going to be really, really hard to stay home come summer. And fall. Or next week. [Wink.] It feels less dire and far more hopeful right now. Not like 2004. Think about it: Bush can't be reelected so this MUST be a better year for us all. (God, I hope that statement doesn't doom us - it's a dumb thing to say.) I'm sparked by the election for the first time. It's 2008 now. It's time.

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