I suppose I should comment on the Iowa straw poll. For one thing, the poll means nothing. It’s a bunch of people sitting around in classrooms and living rooms, lobbying each other and putting some names down on a piece of paper for a completely arbitrary vote. Does anyone even remember who won Iowa in 2000? 1996? 1992? No, the guy who wins Iowa is the guy who spends the most time in the state pandering to its 35,000 Democrat caucus-goers.
But even New Hampshire has lost its cache, because the old rule that you have to win New Hampshire to win the White House has been proven wrong. Bush didn’t win NH in 2000. No, things won’t really get rolling until South Carolina.
However, the best part of primary night was Howard Dean going up in smoke, losing it, going nutso. Listen to this clip of Dean’s “concession” speech in which he whips out the torches and pitchforks and ends with a rebel yell. “Yeaaaaah!!!” Is this guy presidential? No. But he’s a barrel of laughs.
Oh, and why did Dean come in third? I think it’s because the major liberal players have begun to realize that Dean can’t win against Bush and in the past few weeks, they’ve started to take steps to push him out and push the establishment liberals forward. We’ll see if it continues to work.
Update: As someone in the comments noted, Drudge took down the Dean soundbite. I will post it here as long as it doesn’t overload my bandwidth. If people start linking to it from outside, it’s coming down again. Here it is.