Is anybody else as excited as I am concerning the results in Iowa? Obama versus Huckabee.* If only it turns out to be that easy. Quite frankly, pitting Huckabee against Obama is like staging a celebrity death match between Hulk Hogan and an Olsen Twin.
I could try to explain why I find the results of the Iowa Caucus significant, but I still have that awful cold and am still fairly delirious on cold medicine. But massive amounts of drugs aside, I can still appreciate this piece by Arianna Huffington, who describes how the Iowa caucuses not only aid in predicting the primaries, but also reflects the mood of American voters. Some excerpts-
"Bush's re-election in 2004 was a monument to the power of fear and fear-mongering. Be Very Afraid was Bush/Cheney's Plans A through Z. The only card in the Rove-dealt deck. And it worked. America, its vision distorted by the mushroom clouds conjured by Bush and Cheney, made a collective sprint to the bomb shelters in our minds, our lizard brains responding to fear rather than hope...."
On the Clintons-
"Be afraid of Obama, they warned us. Be afraid of something new, something different. He might meet with our enemies. His middle name is Hussein. He went to a madrassa school. A vote for him would be like rolling the dice, the former president said on Charlie Rose.
And the people of Iowa heard him, and chose to roll the dice."
"Obama's win might not have legs. Hope could give way to fear once again. But, for tonight at least, it holds a mirror up to the face of America, and we can look at ourselves with pride. This is the kind of country America was meant to be, even if you are for Clinton or Edwards -- or even Huckabee or Giuliani.
It's the kind of country we've always imagined ourselves being -- even if in the last seven years we fell horribly short: a young country, an optimistic country, a forward-looking country, a country not afraid to take risks or to dream big."
For the past seven years we have allowed ourselves to be afraid. Afraid enough to give up our civil liberties. To vote for a president who thinks eavesdropping on our cell phone conversations is ok. To vote for a President responsible for the Patriot Act. So afraid that we convinced ourselves that Bush was right, if we didn't support him, then we were automatically terrorists.
I've often told people that concerning the November elections, I prefer "anyone but Bush." But wouldn't it be beautiful if it was Obama? Wouldn't it be amazing that if 4 years from now, we could look back on Barack's presidency as a time when no more U.S. soldiers had to die in a war based on a lie? A time where health insurance was no longer a luxury of the rich?
I'm a little heady with optimism. For the past 8 years I've been on the loosing team. The team associated with flip-flopping, defeatism, and sympathies for the terrorists. Now, years into a bloody and futile war, it seems my team may have been right. More importantly, it seems like we might have a chance to make it right. Wouldn't that be wonderful?
I am still a bit of a realist. I think it will take years to undo all the damage the Bush administration has wrecked on the economy, the military, and America's world image. But it looks like in a few short months, we may have a chance. That's all I can hope for.
That, and, I would actually really like to see the Hulk Hogan and Olsen Twin thing happen.