Iowa Caucus Roundup
**Update (via Drudge)
Obama 37.36; Edwards 29.97; Clinton 29.45Initial thoughts--nice finish for Fred Thompson
Huckabee 34; Romney 25; Thompson 14; McCain 13%; Paul 10%
Michelle Malkin has a roundup, liveblogging
This post will be updated and amended as the results from the Iowa Caucus--the official start to this year's Presidential battle--come in this evening.
First, a comprehensive PJM roundup on all things Iowa.
Ben DeGrow has been following Fred Thompson's campaign, and did a little bit of results blognostication himself.
Michael at Best Destiny has a few thoughts as well.
Of course, 2008 will not only just be about electing a new commander-in-chief. Colorado's GOP has set its sights on reclaiming both houses of Colorado's legislature, by laying the groundwork for in this election and the mid-term 2010 election, targeting the Democrat-held Senate seat and the governor's mansion. Political cycles are no longer confined to the election year itself or even the normal two-year pattern (off year elections notwithstanding). The campaign for '08 began as soon as John Kerry conceded in November 2004. Republicans, having learned that their vaunted GOTV campaigns can not rescue hapless candidates in a poor political climate, must set to work building, or in some cases, re-building the grassroots elements of the party, and move away from the intraparty bickering and recriminations that have come to define recent primary campaigns, on both a local and national level. This will be put to the clearest test this year in the Presidential campaign, but will also have ramifications for GOP candidates on all levels. A permanent fracture would leave the GOP in permanent minority status, giving Democrats the keys to our government--and our future--not by losing the battle of ideas, but simply by default.
Wash Park Prophet has a post on the "irrational" voters--often those self-proclaimed "unaffiliateds" or "independents"--which might explain the rise of Ron Paul.