Who would have thought the 40's could feel so good outside? But after -11 degrees Thursday morning in Des Moines, it sure feels like a heat wave.
Politically, that heat wave may be named Barack Obama. I can't find anyone who predicted such a domination like the one he put on Hillary Clinton and John Edwards Saturday in the South Carolina Primary. Clinton aides will earn their money trying to spin the results of this one.
What must Edwards be thinking this morning? He was born in South Carolina. He greatly outspent the other two in media buys. And he still finished a distant third. What scenario does he envision from here on out that will bring him a win? It's tough to find one, barring a near-miracle...or a near-collapse. Make that two near-collapses.
Meantime, Iowa Republicans have a new leader. Ray Hoffmann, got fired, uhmm, I mean, quit to go back home to run his restaurant. Stewart Iverson, the former Senate Majority Leader, takes over as party chair. Will he be able to reorganize and reshape the party in time to prevent further erosion in November?
Congrats to Jarrett Schneider. Jarrett's a Renwick, Iowa native, who graduated from Drake University last year. Jarrett, who served as our Web Producer for www.iowavotes2008.com (and helped us earn the honor of being displayed in the Library of Congress) has made his debut as a television reporter for WHO-TV. Fittingly, his first report focused on the rush to buy blue at his Alma mater.