A Storm of Comments
In case you've been out of touch, today is the day some Iowans will gather in various places and decide who they think the major party presidential candidates should be. This means that political reporters have to write "advance stories" in which they talk about what could or could not happen and attempt to assess the meaning of possible outcomes. Whatever is written will please some and infuriate others, depending on whom they support or dislike.
I've chosen reader comments today from two of the Post's many offerings -- one a typically thoughtful Dan Balz explanation of "Eight Questions Iowa Could Answer," the other a typically irreverent Dana Milbank sketch of a campaign scene, in this case a Barack Obama campaign scene. The sketch, of course, has generated a flurry of posts from our Readers Who Comment, who see bias in anything that speaks well or ill or even attempts to explain candidates and this ridiculous process we use to choose them. Maybe we'll have a little clarity by tomorrow, but if we don't, New Hampshire's primary is just five days away.
First we'll visit with some of those who commented on the Milbank sketch.
Milbank dropped in on an Obama rally attended by about 1,400 people, many of whom cheered when urged to show up for the caucus. But he found only nine signatures at the student sign-in table where folks pledge to appear.
Not everyone liked Milbank's methodology. FURTG, for example, said, "This is an idiotic article. Was that the H.S. sign up or the college students? Every supporter card makes a difference. we'll see soon enough."
And grichardson1 suggested that "At this point, one has to assume that most of the new caucas goers attending the rally had already signed up. Relatively few people who wait until the day before the caucus to make a decision about their candidate..."
whatever17 wrote, "I was at this event yesterday, and the article must have been written from another planet.. There were stories out there that would have conveyed some measure of truth about the event, but Mr. Milbank was apparently too busy reading from a beltway script to find them..."
Obama said at the rally that "These extraordinary young people...are what this campaign is all about. This prompted wideblacksky to add, "Yeah, doctors and lawyers fighting over what industry will rape middle class america next."
Many readers decided to support or attack other candidates or predict various outcomes.
For example, thebobbob said, "I've never seen an electorate this angry at the established Party and its supporters. politicians may not listen to polls, or read newspapers. or to the other co-equal branches of government but they will hear it when the voters speak..."
johnycheng1 wrote, "In golf we say"Drive for show, putt for dough." In Iowa we say,"Show up for Obama, cast vote for Hillary."
mikel1 said, "the obama/oprah tandem made for a good show & dance in IA. who wouldn't go & cheer that in "stimulating" iowa. so i predict that after all the hoopla, smart minds will vote for the true & tested qualities of harworking candidate hillary clinton. she has my vote."
johnnygunn wrote, "It seems that you have overlooked one candidate in the Democratic caucuses - the one likely to win - John Edwards."
fgerard said, "Even in the closing hours of the Iowa Caucus, WPO cannot bring itself to write a positive column on Obama. Milbank's drivel is a negative tirade against the young people who are attracted to Obama over Shrillary..."
And John_C_Page_III wrote, "The downfall of the house of Clinton/Bush!!
It's starting to look like this will be a happy new year"
presGWBfanclub expressed a view I have heard in several recent conversations, to wit, "we are offered a selection of BOZO's... i don't want hillary.. i don't want obama.. i don't want edwards, romney, or guiliani... why can't Mr. Al Gore run????..."
buzzm1 pointed to one of the more toxic issues running around the country in saying, "Now, if Obama only had a strong stand against illegal immigration, I would vote for him. He isn't listening to the people. We have existing laws against illegal immigrants...
What we need is a President who will enforce our existing laws..."
And now to the Eight Questions story.
RMGopal supports this system, writing, "Iowa Caucus, New Hampshire Primary: Democracy in action, untidy and boisterous. The only time in the election cycle the voters are given their due and taken seriously..."
But morningglory51 said, "I don't beleive that races should end in the first state, as if Iowa decideds for the rest of the nation. It doesn't. The results could very well be different in the rest of the nation. The only thing it shows is that if candidates rely so heavily on one state and dropn out so easily,is that they are weak in the first place."
And finally, an example of how our readers like to inform each other. For example, Ciap wrote, "The absense of a the one person one vote rule???? WTH In other words this means nothing I guess."
But robert17 answered, "If your candidate doesn't get at least 10% of the votes in your particular caucus you have the option of picking someone else or going home. (These are Democratic party rules, Republicans don't do that.) So for Democrats who support the less popular candidates (in their particular area) won't be able to register a vote for their candidate in the final tally."
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