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Friday, January 04, 2008

Sign of Change in Iowa

In our Blog entry yesterday, we cast a jaundiced eye at the willingness of Iowans to vote for anyone but a mainstream Protestant white man, no matter what they said to pollsters.

We said we would be surprised to be wrong. With the Republicans, we were right. The Democrats surprised us. Happily so.

Obama's triumph came from a huge turnout of devoted partisans. That's great. Those voters made history. They showed a desire for change, and a willingness to work for it.

Can idealism and activism actually defeat prejudice and old power structures this year? The vote in Iowa is a sign of change.

Stephen Burke
for Ithaca Blog

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