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Who Da Thunk It?

I’ve been asking myself that question over the past 48 hours as the Kerry-Edwards steam engine kept gaining speed. One of my first posts to this blog recommended Eugene Burdick’s “The Ninth Wave,” one of the best political novels ever written. One of my favorite scenes concerns a discussion over how most elections are won: by the undecideds. That appears to be the case tonight in Iowa (r.r.).

A huge turnout in gatherings across the state spelled victory for John Kerry and John Edwards tonight. Dean’s third place showing is actually quite impressive when you realize no one had heard of him a year or so ago but the expectation albatross is tough to carry. (No pun intended.) And Gephardt sounded like a man who’s pulling out of the race.

Here's my take -- Dean and Gephardt started to get on everyone's nerves. It's not quite that simple I know but that's no reason to overlook it. Kerry and Edwards were there ready to pick up the defectors. It could be that the bashing Dean has taken from all sides took its real toll tonight. And from the start, Gephardt sounded exactly like he did in the 1988 campaign. I worked advance for the Dukakis/Bentsen campaign and every time I heard Gephardt speak, it was deja vu all over again, as Yogi Berra would say.

I haven't decided which candidate I support -- I have A.B.B. Syndrome (not ADD, although sometimes I wonder). That's Anyone But Bush. That doesn't detract from any of the candidates. But I don't want another four years of George W. Bush in the White House. And the person who has the strongest chance of making that happen will have my vote. My hope is that the attacks stop. The remaining candidates must focus on the reasons why they should hold the highest office in the land. What happened tonight in Iowa may or may not impact the rest of the primary race. After all, third place finishers have ended up with the nomination numerous times in history. But for reasons I can't yet explain, the results give me a confidence that the process works. Imperfect as it is, somehow it works.

Posted by 9thwave at January 19, 2004 11:55 PM