Well by now you have probably already found out that last night the big winners in Iowa were Obama and Huckabee.
Surprising? To some, perhaps, but maybe not to others. I personally wasn’t surprised with Obama’s win, but more so with the fact that that Hillary came in third. If anything, with an Obama win, I would have figured she would have come in a very close second. But she didn’t. Will this trend continue? We won’t have to wait long, as the New Hampshire Primaries are just around the corner!
Since I am not a political expert, I won’t spend any more time rehashing last night’s results. Instead, let’s check in with someone who is an expert, shall we? John’s recap, entitled “From Iowa to New Hampshire”, can be viewed here.
He was on “American Morning” today with John Roberts. Umm.. like, when did he sleep?? Did he have a little cot under a desk somewhere to catch some zzz’s?? Or maybe he pulled an all-nighter, who knows? How and when John King finds time to sleep is as mysterioso as the formation of crop circles – he’s there the next morning, and you’re just left scratching your head wondering how he managed to pull it off! lol!
But anywho, here is is talking to Roberts this morning:
Even though New Hampshire is still a few days away, I am taking orders for the grub we’ll be munching on throughout the event. Last night’s fare was popcorn, and next up on the menu is pizza. Send me your orders and I will make sure they get delivered there on time!! (I’ve already got Mebz’s and AC’s requests).
And to all the Anderfans out there, no, he won’t be making the deliveries that night. He’ll be too busy manipulating simulated pizza pies at the election center in NY.
Happy Friday to all!
I googled the title of today’s post to see if there existed a “Dummies” series for caucuses (caucusi???) but I didn’t find anything that specific. I did, however, come across this book authored by Ann Delaney:
This morning, on Your World Today, Tom Foreman tried explaining caucuses using a chess analogy (complete with an actual chess set on-air) while John Roberts & John Dickerson tried to explain it on American Morning with sugar packets, jelly and creamer! Time magazine put together a video explanation using little paper cutouts of people… I thought that was a pretty cute way to offer a visual explanation.
Here is a YouTube video of Jeff Greenfield (former CNN analyst) explaining the process:
Here are three additional links that might help: CNN.com compiled a slideshow back in 2004 (note how the Iowa Caucus date was January 19th back then) . Click this link for the 2008 CNN.com version. Additionally, a group called the Volunteer Voters explains how a caucus works.
After checking out all these resources, the only thing I can figure out for sure is that the Republican’s method is pretty straight forward but the Dems aim for more complexity in their process. I’m still slightly befuddled after reading about “viable” percentage numbers and how participants may have to end up convincing each other to sway one way or the other. One big ol’ vote-o-rama!
Finally this afternoon, I have a few videocaps of John from last night’s AC360. He was still up in chilly New Hampshire.
Since the actual results won’t be known until late tonight, a mention of the evening’s results will be included in tomorrow’s blog post. Although, of course you won’t have to come here to know what actually happened… everything will be splashed all over CNN.com and other websites as soon as the information comes in.
*pop-pop-pop* There goes the sound of Millie’s popcorn popper!!