I had decided last week I wasn’t blogging Iowa. Beyond serving as some type of political launch party, how important is Iowa anyway? It does not mimic the country’s demographics. There are other key states… and Iowa has picked losers before. Besides, the state doesn’t even have a professional sports team – and black people won’t live there. I know this all immaterial but it makes me feel better to point it out.
Nevertheless, despite my best efforts, I noticed some things. How could I not? I mean, Barak Obama? Really?
What I found particularly noteworthy from Iowa was Obama’s Victory speech (transcript here) It wasn’t the words, which caught my attention so much as the fact that Barak Obama nailed that powerful, poetic King Cadence – which contrary to popular belief is not a black-thing. And I couldn’t help but wonder: Was this intentional? Did he practice… and wait, did he just mention the marches in Selma, growing up in the Streets of Chicago and something about the future of our children?
Holy shit, was that me humming “We Shall Overcome?”
Anyway – the significance of Obama’s win was enough to drive me to drink. Okay, I was already drinking – but the significance of this made me drink faster than before.
Meanwhile, Huckabee is rockin’ his way through NH,
After a big victory in the Iowa, Huckabee rolled into the Granite State on his big campaign bus and showed voters here that he can truly jam. Playing bass guitar with the well-known local band Mama Kicks.
Romney and McCain are expected to play in the New Hampshire mud while Fred has decided to nap until SC (Apparently his campaign strategy hinges on a belief that the South will rise again.) And no one takes Rudy seriously anymore since he’s gone Rain Man on 9/11.
Huckabee with Mama Kicks back in September
I must admit – I’m glad I was paying attention. See, I learned something from Iowa: something valuable and important, which is: I’m going to need waaaaay more beer before this is over.