Obama Takes Iowa in a Big Turnout as Clinton Falters; Huckabee Victor – NY Times

Obama Takes Iowa in a Big Turnout as Clinton Falters; Huckabee Victor
By ADAM NAGOURNEY
Published: January 4, 2008Senator Barack Obama was lifted to victory by a high turnout. On the Republican side, Mike Huckabee defeated the better financed Mitt Romney.

I’d of liked to see Kucinich win, but given he didn’t do too well in Iowa and he recommended voting for Obama I have to be happy about the results.

However, for those that spent so much time campaigning against Huckabee it seems it was all for not. I truly don’t believe the negative finger pointing ever pans out for anyone. It certainly didn’t in this case. One of the biggest complaints from people during campaigning is the mudslinging that becomes so prevalent when candidates are desperate for votes. Instead of giving you reasons to vote for them they try scaring you out of voting for the other person. They turn what should be a vote for the best candidate into a vote for the lesser of many evils.

Even though the Times shows immigration as a major issue for Republican voters the attempts to inject fear into the voting public, on immigration, doesn’t seem to be panning out. It didn’t work in the 2007 local elections and I don’t believe it will work in this presidential race. I believe that regardless of the mass of anti-immigrant activists most Americans understand the privileges we enjoy here and don’t advocate treating others with a lack of compassion. I believe most Americans are hard working and decent people that find more joy in seeing others succeed. I believe many otherwise caring Americans siding with anti-immigration groups are disillusioned and are certainly not helping the situation by siding with groups that have extremely questionable motives. Many are letting these groups manipulate their fears and I hope that they’ll see that fear is not a guiding light.

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