Wednesday, 9 January 2008
This isn't crying
This is supposed to be the moment that changed the dynamic of the New Hampshire Democratic primary. Even Hilary herself says so.
What it does is allow voters to see beyond the "dragon lady" that is painted by the mainstream media which is hugely and unfairly Republican in spirit. The polls did get it wrong - but maybe that is because they asked the questions too early.
But what it also shows is that the media is far too quick to call the election over before it has even begun. Iowa caucuses tell you something about the sort of people who take part in caucuses in Iowa - that is all. They do not represent American voters. And this is about a deeply flawed process to select candidates for the two party horse race at the end of the year which is actually nearly all that matters. I say "nearly" because of the electoral college and the Republicans willingness to cheat when they think they can get away with it.
A couple of day to let the dust settle and here is the Guardian's analysis of how she won