Kerry Wins Iowa; Dean Distant Third

From My Way News:

John Kerry seized the lead as Iowa Democrats began their first-in-the-nation voting Monday, the initial step in the battle to face President Bush this fall. In another surprise, John Edwards was nipping at his heels.

Dean was quoted as saying:

"I can't tell where we're going to finish yet, but the early numbers look like Senator Kerry will win it and I certainly want to congratulate him and Senator (John) Edwards for a great campaign," Dean, who has been considered the Democratic front-runner, said in an interview on CNN's "Larry King Live."

"Certainly we'd like to have done better, but we worked hard, we've
got a lot of great people working for us, and on to New Hampshire,"
Dean added. New Hampshire holds its first-in-the-nation presidential
primary on Jan. 27.

I really thought Dean would do better then this, and really thought
two to three weeks ago that Kerry stood no chance of getting better
then third. Dean has campaigned in Iowa for two years, and definately
has a better grassroots effort, in my opinion. New Hampshire may be
different, but a word of advice and warning to all candidates in the

Going into the nominating process as a front runner has not been good
for Democrats in recent history, unless you were a President. Take a
gander at this list:

1972 Edmund Muskie
1976 Hubert Humphrey
1988 Gary Hart
1992 Jerry Brown

All were running ahead when the Convention came around. Then somehow
McGovern, Carter, Dukakis, and Clinton all surged ahead to get the
nomination. Of those only Clinton and Carter have suceeded in taking
the whole enchilada.

Most of the time the reason for this is the team-up pack attack of
the media, or fellow Democrats. Dean caught this early, and may now
be able to back up, reflect, and then pounce ahead for the nomination.

On Dean's blog the reaction was mixed:

How's Trippi going to spin this one?

"Howard Dean demonstrated his strength by soundly defeating Dick

"As Dean stated earlier in the day, he wasn't working for a second
place finish. And, uh, he was aiming for third. Right, a distant

Let's remember beating Bush is what counts. Let's donate to the other

Posted by A Distant Third at January 19, 2004 09:36 PM

The thing I don't understand is...what happened? The
Perfect Storm! All those letters! Dean was ahead of Geppy for so
long...all those enthusiastic crowds at the rallies...what happened?
How on EARTH could anyone prefer John (johnkerry) Kerry?

I would like to make a joke about voters committing Hairy Kerry, but
I don't feel up to it.

Posted by Diana in northern VA at January 19, 2004 09:32

I have to say, I can't help but be a bit sad. I really
thought that we would do much better in Iowa than it looks like we
are going to. I have to say, also, that I felt like the Dean campaign
kind of implied that we would do better than we have. That isn't to
say that I don't still support Dean, I do - strongly. But I have real
fear now that all the volunteers, cash and rallies in the world may
not be enough to get Dean into office. Maybe Americans are just not
quite ready yet for someone who I believe is truly different, truly a
man wanting to represent the people, instead of a politician. Maybe
the American public would rather stick with the devil they know.

It hurts, I am passionate about the Dean campaign, and I am really
sad that we are taking such a huge beating in Iowa. I don't want Dean
to be another Ralph Nader - loved by his people, but destined to
remain only a contender - never a president.

I'll be here in South Carolina, keeping my fingers crossed. And no
matter how bitter I may be if someone else gets the Democratic
nomination, I'll still vote Democrat, because in the end - getting
Bush out of office is the most important thing.

Posted by L. A. at January 19, 2004 09:36 PM


this is why only TWICE since it's inception has the Iowa caucus ever
sent a president. and one of them was bush.

wow. watching that on cspan was so frustrating. the woman in adair
was drunk, for heavens sake. oy. I'm so glad that where I live we
just vote.

anyways.... Kerry and Edwards can thank the media for thier last
minute success. It was just disgusting to watch people trade support
like it was an auto show. I mean, really. This is important. oh well.

New Hampshire, on the other hand, sends presidents. go east my
friends. ever onward, ever upward. here we go :)

Posted by scarletfire at January 19, 2004 09:36 PM

Posted by at January 20, 2004 8:11 AM