Iowa Caucus Party in Downtown Manhattan

I had to leave at 9 but I captured some inspiring moments, like  Councilman Al Vann's speech and some amusing ones like the early results that put Barack in third place. (By the time I got home later that night, he had of course, won.)

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Pundit Shmundit pt 1: Obama's Victory Speech

What can I say? In Barack's own words: "You have done what the cynics said we could not do!" View the Iowa victory speech video (if you haven't already):

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From New Year's Eve to Iowa's Eve

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On the Huffington Post today, Joe Vogel, author of The Obama Movement, Why Barack Obama speaks to America's youth explains why he believes pollsters are undercounting the Barack promise (even as Barack beats Hillary in Iowa by 7 points in some polls!):


I have been arguing for over a year that most polls and pundits are either missing or dismissing what will be the deciding factor in this election: the youth vote.

Most young voters are never called by pollsters. We have cell phones, not land lines; we are first-time voters; we are independents turned democrats. Therefore, we are mostly unrepresented by the polls and invisible to the news media. We are the voting bloc that is consistently written off. We won't show up. We are apathetic. We'll be watching football. This is the way it has been in recent history, and this is the way it will always be. So the argument goes.

Yet if this is the conventional wisdom, the American establishment is in for a rude awakening on January 3 when the headlines go worldwide that a former community organizer, an African American with an unusual name and the most improbable of stories, is on his way to becoming the next president of the United States.

This is just an excerpt but it's well worth reading the whole thing as Joe Vogel explains the reasons for his conviction. But then again the moment of truth --on Iowa, that is--is less than 24 hours away.


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