Barack Obama wins the Iowa Democratic caucus! But, can he win in the general election come Nov. in a racist country like America? No!
By Sam Johns
Atlanta (BNW) When we as Black Americans look at Barack Obama as the first Black president in this racist country, we mostly take it as a grain of salt. Ironically, most Blacks in this country know white America better than Obama. And remember, he's not the first Black (sic) who could be president... he's African, and you stupid white people, quit saying that!
Some Blacks think he's a pretender to the throne, set-up by the support of white racist Republicans to deny the throne to a real Black American. A slave nigger! Consider this; where did Obama, as a nigger, get all the money? There is something wrong with this picture.... . Follow the money. Always follow the money in America!
While he's not one of us, Black, that is, so we as Blacks most consider it as a trick. Knowing these crackers as we do, even with his win, Obama had the support of 38 percent of voters, compared to 30 percent for John Edwards and 29 percent for Hillary Clinton, Obama will suffer from the Harold Ford syndrome. That is, whites will never vote for him in the general election because he is Black. What an irony? They will pretend that they will vote for a Black, but in the end when they are alone in the voting booth, Obama will be left high and dry like Harold Ford.
Whites in this country will vote for Huckabee's dog before they will vote for a Black.
Iowa delivered death blows to the campaigns of Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware. Both have decided to abandon their White House runs.
On the Democratic side, Obama took 57 percent of the under-30 vote, according to CNN's analysis of entrance polls. Energizing supporters, Obama called the night a "defining moment in history." Bill Richardson, who finished fourth, said his campaign plans to "take the fight to New Hampshire."
For the winners of both party's caucuses, it's an age revolt for Democrats versus a religious revolt for Republicans, Schneider said.
"You came together as Democrats, Republicans and independents to stand up and say that we are one nation, we are one people and our time for change has come."
Huckabee's victory can be attributed to his overwhelming support among evangelical voters and women, the polls indicate.
With 85 percent of Republican precincts reporting, Huckabee had the support of 34 percent of voters, compared to 25 percent for Mitt Romney. Fred Thompson had 14 percent, John McCain had 13 percent and Ron Paul had 10 percent. What do the results mean? Rudy Giuliani, who has turned the focus of his campaign to the February 5 "Super Tuesday" primaries, trailed with 4 percent.
"We've paid a lot of attention to states that some other candidates haven't paid a lot of attention to," Giuliani said, adding, "Time will tell what the best strategy is."
Huckabee was vastly outspent by Romney, who poured millions of dollars into a sophisticated get-out-the-vote operation.
"People really are more important than the purse, and what a great lesson for America to learn," Huckabee said in thanking his supporters.
For most of 2007, Huckabee languished in the single digits in the polls and had very little success raising money. But his momentum picked up in the final six weeks of the year when social conservatives an important voting bloc in Iowa began to move his way.
Clinton, speaking with 96 percent of the vote in, portrayed herself as the candidate who could bring about the change the voters want.
"I am so ready for the rest of this campaign, and I am so ready to lead," she said.
Clinton had worked to convince Iowa caucus-goers she has the experience to enact change, while Edwards and Obama preached that she is too much of a Washington insider to bring change to the nation's capital.
Edwards, in a tight race for second, said Iowa's results show that "the status quo lost and change won." Video Watch Edwards describe his next move »
"Now we move on ... to determine who is best suited to bring about the changes this country so desperately needed," he said.
McCain, the senator from Arizona who had largely abandoned Iowa to focus on next week's New Hampshire primary, said, "The lessons of tonight's election in Iowa are that one, you can't buy an election in Iowa; and two, that negative campaigns don't work."
With such a close race on both sides, voter turnout was key. The Iowa Democratic Party reported seeing record turnout. The party said there were at least 227,000 caucus attendees. The Iowa GOP projects that 120,000 people took part in the Republican caucuses.
The Iowa Democratic Party said 124,000 people participated in the 2004 caucuses, while the Republican Party of Iowa estimated that 87,000 people took part in the 2000 caucuses. (President Bush ran unchallenged for a second term in 2004.)
Caucus-goer Kathy Barger, inside a Democratic caucus site in Walnut, Iowa, said the room she was in was packed to the brim with a line out the door. Video Watch what it was like inside the caucus »
"I don't know how they are going to be able to fit everybody in the room, much less count the votes," she said. "There are bodies in every available space in the room."
The White House hopefuls were campaigning down to the wire in Iowa, determined to reach as many people as possible before the 1,781 caucuses that started at 7 p.m.
Iowa Democrats, unlike Republicans, use a more complicated system to determine a candidate's viability. Republican caucus-goers are asked for their support for a candidate only one time during the event. Democrats are asked twice: an initial question of support, and a second if their first-choice candidate does not reach a 15 percent threshold to achieve viability.
Among Republican candidates, Thompson, a former senator from Tennessee, and Rep. Duncan Hunter of California needed strong showings in Iowa to keep their campaigns going, while Paul, a representative from Texas, is likely to ride his surge of popularity through February 5 "Super Tuesday," when 24 states hold their primaries no matter where he places in the early contests.
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