Like people who pray to win the lottery and then watch their lives fall apart when they do, sometimes it's best to be careful what you wish for. Obama's win in Iowa could be just such a conundrum. His decisive victory places him in the perilous "front runner" position bringing with it even more scrutiny than he's already wading through.
Why? To find out, please
- More than America likes to see a winner, they like to see a winner fall. Let's call it the "Britney Spears Effect." Success is juicy bait for the bloodthirsty, and pedestals that are quickly built, are just as quickly demolished.
- Got a compass? This race is quickly heading to the Southy, South, South. Relax, this isn't a comment on the patina of skin, but rather, the propensity of southern voters to bristle at the notion of following a crowd. After all, they're the voters who stamped out John McCain's chances in 2000 right after his victory in New Hampshire. Not to mention local boy John Edwards, who won the contest in 2004, is hot on his heels.
- And now that the trial by public fire that is the Democratic Iowa Caucus is over, and when folks are safely ensconced behind the voting booth curtain, will they feel free to make a less popular choice? Away from the prying eyes of their neighbors, the results might change...
After all, first one down the path, eats all the cobwebs.