Monday, January 14, 2008

The Obama Iowa theory

Since Iowa, BH Obama has been the media darling with NBC practically donning pom-poms when reporting on this candidate. I heard an interesting reason this Senator from Illinois won the caucus and was predicted to win New Hampshire. Every poll had Obama leading the former first lady.

The theory I heard made a lot of sense and when I compared it to the liberals I know, it’s accurate. No one wants to be labeled a racist or bigot, especially the liberal democrat.

When democrat folks in Iowa come out to vote it’s quite an event. One doesn’t vote in Iowa, they caucus. You and your neighbor go to the local high school gym or church basement and join with like minded folks to be “counted” affirming your support for a certain candidate, out in the open, no secret ballot. Your friends, family, coworkers and boss may be supporting a different candidate. In the process they try and persuade you to jump ship and unite with the popular people.

Peer pressure at its finest. You don’t want to look like a bigot or racist, so you’re counted with the tolerant and progressive folks. The stigma will last long after the satellite trucks and candidates have hit the road. One has to think about their life after the caucus.

Enter New Hampshire. Riding the wave of victory, Obama rode into the granite state with a false sense of dominance. Rallies were standing room only and Obama mania had taken Manchester’s popular Elm Street by storm. Everyone wanted to be a part of the progressive vehicle for change. The answer was “I’m voting for Obama!”. Pollsters, media talking heads and analyst alike projected an Obama landslide. That was until the folks got behind the curtain to cast their vote and reality set in. This guy has no experience, he’s ill-equipped to be president of the United States.

It’s not about race, it’s about experience. Obama hasn’t even finished his first senate term. Let’s wait and see if he makes a difference there before we put him in the oval office.


SkyePuppy said...

Great assessment, Janice.

Malott said...

Well said, Janice.

The secret ballot may mean the end of Obamamania.

janice said...

The theory will be put to the test on super Tuesday.

Yes Chris, the secret ballot may bring the Obama phenomenon to an end.