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Some comments on Iowa

Dvaid Frum asks, have the Democrats gone sane? Mickey Kaus thinks Iowans made a mistake and hopes that New Hampshire discovers more about Kerry before the vote. Daniel Drezner doesn’t think Dean is going away soon, he has too much money. The Dean camp is going back to its roots, "We’re the insurgent campaign." David Broder says that noe Clark has to show he’s more than a maverick. David Yepsen says that Iowans found Dean too angry and too liberal. And RealClearPolitics has a few comments with some useful links.

Discussions - 2 Comments

I think Yepsen has it right. Dean is too liberal for middle America, and Iowa is middle America.

I suspect Dean will do much better in the Northeast, but if his opponents live to fight him in the South, he will be hard pressed.

This primary could be an unbelievable boondoggle for the Democrats, producing a weak nominee and several strong loosers with lots of deligates heading into the convention. The geographic polarization of the Democrat voters could turn out to be the real story of this primary season.

I also don’t see Kerry going on too much further. True, his victory in Iowa was impressive, and likely to give him some momentum for a little while. But I say Iowa was a fluke for him; unless Kerry has saved the lives of people in at least ten other early-primary states, he’s going to peter out rather quickly after New Hampshire.

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