Fox is declaring Obama the winner in Iowa.
UPDATE (9:50pm): With nearly 90% of the Democratic votes in, Obama is leading by 7% (at 37%). Edwards and Clinton are tied at 30%.
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I consider all the candidates according to their positions, but Obama is the only candidate that manages to move me emotionally.
It would be nice to see someone develop Biden's partition idea further--it may not ultimately be viable, but it's one of the few well considered, adult suggestions that goes beyond the tagline of surge versus withdraw.
I dated Barack, but I married Hillary.
I feel like we're in ancient Athens. Utterly irresponsible votes by the capricious demos for Obama and Huckabee.
Morat--Do you really belive that there is NO relevant experience? Or, rather, that nothing can fully prepare one for the job?
I'll note that both of our senators have quite a bit of relevant experience. Compare Obama to Bayh; Romney to Lugar. It's just silly to suggest that one cannot say which of each pair is better prepared for the White House.
First, in response to Liberty: Edwards is much more liberal than Obama. Look at his health care plan (which mandates people to get health care); moreover, he has a national college tuition support program, which Obama doesn't have.
One qualification/skill that I think that people consistently underestimate in Obama is his background as a seriously skilled community level organizer. I think that what we are going to see is that Obama is seriously gifted at creating coalitions of people to achieve some purpose.
In terms of votes he's about as far to the left as Ron Paul or Tom Tancredo are to the right except that he's been treated with kid gloves by the MSM since day one to give the illusion that he's somehow some great "moderate" or "bridge builder."
I feel like Iowa might as well be Germany or France. Voting for Socialists on the left and Christian Democrats on the right.
Obama doesn't exactly have a track record in the Senate of reaching across the aisle unlike say a Joseph Lieberman or a John McCain.
The one piece of legislation I most associate with Obama is the bill on reporting earmarks to legislation. His co-sponsor on that bill was Tom Coburn (who I give more credit for the bill). I would call that an example of reaching way across the aisle.
To the extent I have seen that notion mentioned, it's been as a result of comments by GOP legislators. Within the Democratic party, he's a center realist, and not all that close to the leftish Kucinich and Edwards (at least the version of Edwards that has been on the campaign trail).
Oh please, Obama gave an infamous speech during his Senate campaign saying that Iraq was all a plot cooked up by Karl Rove to distract the country from "corporate scandals" and the "poverty rate." If he actually believed the crap he was saying, he's one Michael Moore film away from being a 9/11 Truther. If he just said it to get elected, then it says more about what kind of a person he really is than all of the smarmy substance-free speeches he's delivered since he entered the race. Either way -- not someone who should be president.