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Author: Raine    Date: 01/03/2008 13:36:03

Today is caucus day in Iowa. It's going to be cold but it doesn't look like the weather will be a reason not to turn out. That is good news. Seems like many students are going back to campus early so they can caucus. That could be very good news for Obama, since he is said to be popular among the college crowd. It also makes for a rather undecided race.

Bill Richardson is set to throw his support toward Obama. Just like Dennis, this is in case he finds himself not getting the 15% of the vote. So that is that. With Bill, I am not surprised at this move. Dennis tho, that one is going to take some time for it to sink and and digest.


It looks like Obama may win Iowa, but as I skim the papers across the internet this morning, there is a far greater sense of uncertainty for this race this morning. Who will take second? Who knows. The media reluctantly admits that Obama is in the lead, and with all of the independent and undecided voters, I am just not sure that Edwards will take third as they are predicting. If nothing else, I am glad that the race is still so tight. We are lucky as dems and progressives to have such a good pool of candidates.

The Republicans, that is going to be very interesting. McCain is getting a lot of traction despite the fact that he hasn't campaigned there, and Mitt has pretty gone door to door handing out Dollars bills and puppy dogs to get the support, but in Iowa, it looks like It could Be Huckabee. Rudy has dropped to 5% in Iowa. How the might have fallen. The pew center actually is reporting that McCain has taken the lead nationally. Look for that entire race to get dirtier with far more mud to be slung.

The most interesting thing to me about today, is the fact that The Des Moines Register is teaming up with YouTube to report on the caucus'. IT will be nice to get a more unfiltered View from the campaign than what we have been getting from MSN. Already there are some cute user vids there. Plus it is always nice to see Americans participating in one of the most important things we can do. Elect our leaders.
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Brr. It is cold, so I'll see you inside the blog where the fireplace is going and the hot cocoa is extra dark today. It is 15 degrees here in the Atl this morning... Warmth is a good thing.
:heart:
Raine

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Comment by BobR on 01/03/2008 14:16:35
morning, folks... :coffee:

Comment by TriSec on 01/03/2008 14:20:07
Rachel is asking on (yesterday's show) if you were an Iowan, where would you caucus?



Of course my first answer is "Palm Beach, Florida", but I don't think that's a viable option today. (checks, it's 42º at PBI this morning)



Despite our endorsement of Edwards, I would still caucus with Bill Richardson. I tend to elect presidents based on their foreign policy experience, and Bill has the background. Check him out!



But now my second choice will be Edwards, and when the primaries reach this Commonwealth on February 5th, Richardson-Edwards will be my #1 and #2, depending on who is still in the race at that point. (and screw 'em, maybe I'll write one or both in if the picture changes that dramatically by then.)



The libertarian in me still wants to look over Ron Paul....but after his stance on the war, the rest of his policies and plans rather alarm me.







Comment by starling310 on 01/03/2008 14:20:48
good morning. . .



dennis, dennis, dennis. I am bummin' that he is not supporting Edwards. :(

Comment by starling310 on 01/03/2008 14:36:34
I miss Auntie Elayne.



Comment by TriSec on 01/03/2008 14:40:13
Of course, I've been known to "cross the lines" and vote against someone on the other side. Most notably for John McCain in 2000, which was really against GWB. (Ah, would that we could have the 2000 McCain running again this year, that would make for an interesting campaign.) I did vote for Al in the general election that year, BTW.







Comment by Raine on 01/03/2008 14:48:17
Good morning! I miss Auntie as well... :(

Comment by Raine on 01/03/2008 14:49:17
At this point, I think Edwards would be fine if he took 2nd place in today's caucus.

Comment by Raine on 01/03/2008 14:50:57
You know, regarding Richardson, I would love to see him in the State department. I would also be pleased with Biden, but to me the rub is that then we lose a member of congress.. and that makes me nervous. I do not want to lose any people that are already seated.

Comment by starling310 on 01/03/2008 14:51:56
OMG, I forgot to tell you guys!!!!

I went to a New Year's Eve party chock full of people who were out of my league.

I got chatting with one guy about politics. He was an Ortho Surgeon who had, GET THIS, been at Harvard with Benazir Bhutto.

He said he and his friends had called her a "No Fly Zone," as she was completely stunning and intimidated the sh*t out of them! How cool is that?



Comment by Raine on 01/03/2008 14:54:51
Man :star:, that sounds amazing!

Comment by Raine on 01/03/2008 14:55:33
There is a report that says Thompson will be dropping out if he doesn't show well in Iowa... there is a shocker...

Comment by Raine on 01/03/2008 14:57:35
Comment by wickedpam on 01/03/2008 14:59:24
Morning! :hug:

Comment by livingonli on 01/03/2008 15:04:34
Good morning everyone.



It is so cold. I did not want to get out of bed. I don't like this. It's 13 but feels like -4.

Comment by livingonli on 01/03/2008 15:06:13
Quote by Raine: There is a report that says Thompson will be dropping out if he doesn't show well in Iowa... there is a shocker...


I think we can call Thompson the laziest man in politics and then Nixon's guys said he also wasn't too bright.

Comment by livingonli on 01/03/2008 15:08:46
It's only 44 right now in Miami which for them is cold.

Comment by livingonli on 01/03/2008 15:14:33
Air America Radio will be doing special Caucus coverage tonight from 8 PM-1 AM pre-empting regular programming. It will be hosted by David Bender and Mark Green.



Did Mark Green buy this network just so he could get into radio?

Comment by Raine on 01/03/2008 15:16:41
ooOOOoooh... bree is going to take calls later?

Comment by Raine on 01/03/2008 15:18:12
Quote by livingonli: Air America Radio will be doing special Caucus coverage tonight from 8 PM-1 AM pre-empting regular programming. It will be hosted by David Bender and Mark Green. Did Mark Green buy this network just so he could get into radio?
That is a good question.

Comment by livingonli on 01/03/2008 15:23:30
By early next week, New York will be up in the 50's. Go figure.

Comment by wickedpam on 01/03/2008 15:24:14
It was not the Lake House.

Comment by wickedpam on 01/03/2008 15:24:55
Quote by Raine:
Quote by livingonli: Air America Radio will be doing special Caucus coverage tonight from 8 PM-1 AM pre-empting regular programming. It will be hosted by David Bender and Mark Green.



Did Mark Green buy this network just so he could get into radio?
That is a good question.





Been wondering about that myself. He does seem to like to hear his own voice.



Comment by Raine on 01/03/2008 15:25:45
Ok, checking the news, and yeah, it is all just punditry. I cannot wait for these Iowa Results to come in....

Comment by Raine on 01/03/2008 15:28:21
How does Bree get free newspapers delivered?!?!?! I certainly don't. If I did, I would get WaPo and the NYT.

Comment by livingonli on 01/03/2008 15:32:11
Quote by Raine: How does Bree get free newspapers delivered?!?!?! I certainly don't. If I did, I would get WaPo and the NYT.


It's a perk of working in the media. You can get some things for free that other people would have to pay for. In my position the only thing I get is free cable.

Comment by Raine on 01/03/2008 15:43:19
Bo Biden is pretty good, I must say.

Comment by wickedpam on 01/03/2008 15:45:50
I like Chelsea but even the Kennedy kids talk to the media when they need to,

Comment by livingonli on 01/03/2008 15:51:42
'Ol sleepyhead is on MSNBC right now.

Comment by Raine on 01/03/2008 15:55:11
Oh jeepers BRee. Phone calls aren't that hard.

Comment by Raine on 01/03/2008 15:56:06
Quote by livingonli: 'Ol sleepyhead is on MSNBC right now.
Shouldn't he be at a caucus or something? (I am surprised he is up this early)

Comment by livingonli on 01/03/2008 15:56:10
You would think working in talk radio would help you work the buttons.

Comment by Raine on 01/03/2008 15:57:28
I have no problem calling on my cell phone, there bree... :rolleyes:

Comment by wickedpam on 01/03/2008 15:57:39
I still have a land line for security reasons. If the power goes out and the cell phones charged I still have phone access with a working phone.

Comment by Raine on 01/03/2008 15:58:27
OK, now bree, you should let the callers SAY SOMETHIGN!!!! oofda!

Comment by Raine on 01/03/2008 16:03:12
Quote by wickedpam: I still have a land line for security reasons. If the power goes out and the cell phones charged I still have phone access with a working phone.
That is a good reason for a landline. I have a battery back-up here tho, so Ideally I can keep the phone charged for emergencies. When I moved down here, I just could n't see the need finacially, for it.

Comment by livingonli on 01/03/2008 16:04:02
Don't forget. Sam Seder is filling in for Randi today and tomorrow so no repeats.

Comment by Raine on 01/03/2008 16:04:11
We happily watched part of Letterman Last night. He had some of the writers that are on strike come in to do the Top ten list. It was awesome.

Comment by Raine on 01/03/2008 16:05:00
Quote by livingonli: Don't forget. Sam Seder is filling in for Randi today and tomorrow so no repeats.
That is great news.

Comment by TriSec on 01/03/2008 16:07:30
Rachel's done!



On to Bird at Storyland, circa 1953...featuring Papa TriSec's lifelong friend Herb Pomeroy (recently deceased, alas) on trumpet!





Comment by BobR on 01/03/2008 16:07:54




The mountain of salt becomes a level field one shovelful at a time...

Comment by livingonli on 01/03/2008 16:08:25
Where did go?

Comment by Raine on 01/03/2008 16:17:03
Comment by wickedpam on 01/03/2008 16:17:18
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam: I still have a land line for security reasons. If the power goes out and the cell phones charged I still have phone access with a working phone.
That is a good reason for a landline. I have a battery back-up here tho, so Ideally I can keep the phone charged for emergencies. When I moved down here, I just could n't see the need finacially, for it.





I thought about that too, the battery back up and the financial. Batteries, I'm always forgetting to charge my phone and in fact right now it's barely holding a charge - I need a new phone any way mine's 4 years old so I don't want to buy a new battery.



Financially - it's only about $30 a month and I split that with Mommers so I think can swing $15 for emergency.



I know lots of people who only have cell phones and they love it. I guess I'm just old-fashioned about that stuff.



Oh and on the "old" note - For Christmas I got a new set of ear buds from phillips, I was never excited to change from the ones that came from my iPod. Pulled them out of the package and noticed one wire was shorter then the other so I took them back to Best Buy to exchange them thinking it was just a manufacturing mistake, no big deal. GUy at the desk told me that's how they make them know, you wear them BEHIND your head. SHowed me how to wear them and everything. He was very nice, said he got that question alot and figured it out from people at his gym.



All I could think - "I feel old"



Comment by starling310 on 01/03/2008 16:33:43


Comment by wickedpam on 01/03/2008 16:43:27
It's nice to finally get some single women finally get some recognition as a powerful voting block. I'm tired of being over looked cause I'm not a "security mom".

Comment by livingonli on 01/03/2008 16:46:18
Somedays i feel old too especially talking to people younger than me.

Comment by TriSec on 01/03/2008 16:48:22
erm, make that Storyville in the Hotel Buckminster, Kenmore Square.



Story Land, of course, is that cheesy 'theme park' in the Mt. Washington Valley, NH.



TriSec regrets the error.





Comment by livingonli on 01/03/2008 16:52:09
Save :star:ling.

Comment by wickedpam on 01/03/2008 16:52:27
Quote by TriSec: erm, make that Storyville in the Hotel Buckminster, Kenmore Square.



Story Land, of course, is that cheesy 'theme park' in the Mt. Washington Valley, NH.



TriSec regrets the error.







Looks cute Story Land that is. How does it compare to

Dutch Wonderland?

Comment by Will in Chicago on 01/03/2008 16:53:08
Good morning, bloggers!!!



Happy New Year!!!



I think that Kucinich endorsing Obama is a strategic move. The candidate that Kucinich probably does NOT want to see come in first is Hillary Clinton. So, that may explain why Kucinich wants to ensure that Obama is in first or second.



Also, I heard Thom Hartmann on WCPT AM 820 last night. I caught part of an interview with Kucinich. Kucinich said something about a former campaign manager of Edwards being on the staff of a 527 organization and that being improper or illegal. (I only caught part of it.)





Right now, a Reuters/Zogby poll reports that Obama is ahead of Edwards with Clinton in third place.



By the way, there will be a Caucus chat at Democracy Interactive about 8 PM Eastern/ 7 PM Central. A few good people from UNN will be there as well.