All of us here at Citizen Brand - that would be me I guess - have to be willing to admit when we may have gotten ahead of ourselves. But wait, I don't think we did. Barack Obama still looks like the real thing from this vantage point. So what exactly happened in New Hampshire the other night?
What happened was nothing more than what had been predicted to happen for a few weeks - Hillary Clinton would win New Hampshire and so likely would John McCain. And that is exactly what happened when the voters spoke. It is what happened between Iowa and New Hampshire among the media; the pollsters; the pundits; and the consultants that needs to be questioned.
Think about it. Two of the least ethnically diverse and not exactly wildly liberal states in the nation have said an African American or a woman should be President of the United States. Forget the horse race the media foists on us every four years and focus on what has happened in the first two official contests of the 2008 Presidential election. On the other side of the aisle, Republican voters have given the nod to a true evangelical and the straight talking, shoot from the hip, Vietnam POW. Obama, Clinton, Huckabee and McCain are not the kind of candidates we are used to seeing in the race for the White House.
Lost in the shuffle right now are the two guys who we have been conditioned to seeing in the race - John Edwards and Mitt Romney. Two white guys with good hair and good talking points. Either one of these guys might make a good president. But after seven years of the gang that can't shoot straight with us, the USA is ready for a big change. And the differences on display for us with the Obama, Clinton, Huckabee and McCain variety hour have a little something for everyone.
Thus we have seen a different winner in every contest thus far. (Wyoming GOP went for Romney by the way.) Which brings us back to those pesky voters. In 2008, I believe the more the media and the pollsters try to tell us what they think is going to happen, the less likely it is to happen. If New Hampshire taught us anything, it may have taught us to wait for the votes to be counted and then see who the winners will be.
Voters are on to the exit pollsters. After waiting 45 minutes to cast a secret ballot, the last thing any right thinking person should do is tell a complete stranger how they voted and why. Let 2008 be the death of the exit polls. Good riddance.
On to Nevada, South Carolina and 20 or so other states by February 5. This is fun. And it is important.