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Did anybody sleep!? There is a lot of commentary and complaining to absorb from all around the 'sphere today, so stick with us while we bring it to you.

Steve Benen

A young, African-American, first-term senator from a big city went to Iowa -- an overwhelmingly white, rural state, with a large elderly population -- trailed most of the year, and delivered a bigger win than anyone expected.

His campaign relied on tried-and-true methods -- including a sophisticated GOTV operation -- but more importantly, it took a gamble, counting on independents, students, and other young people to do what they usually don't: participate in the caucuses. Confounding the experts, Obama's strategy worked like a charm.

Kyle Moore

There's still a long way to go, but I think the next few weeks are clear. Obama's story is going to spread, and more people are going to believe. Iowa proved America does not fear a black president, and that the youth of this country are finally at a place where they will stand up and vote for a better tomorrow. The negativity that sought to shoot down the politics of hope, the cynicism that tried to cut it off at the knees, saying it wouldn't work, much of that has been cleared away tonight.

There are more than two winners tonight; Huckabee and Obama. But the Democratic party which pulled in more caucus goers than I think most people were willing to believe, the Democratic party becomes the winner. And when so many people, young and old, male or female, came together and rejected the politics of the past, and embraced change that we could believe in, I think America came out the winner.

Michael van der Galien

Where does that leave the party? It means that the GOP has no real compromise candidate. Romney can unite the party like none of the other candidates can. The only one who comes close is Senator McCain, but he's unpopular among the conservative base. They'll support him in the general elections, but not very passionately.

In other words, Huckabee's victory means that it becomes increasingly like that the GOP has to choose between a moderate Republican, a social conservative populist and a fiscally conservative yet socially liberal.


Vodka is not happy:

Dear Iowa Republicans,

I'll put this in language even your tiny little Iowa brains can understand: What the f*** is wrong with you people?

The news coming out of Des Moines (literally, French for "tell me about the rabbits, George") tonight is distressing in the extreme. 32 years ago, your Democratic brethren took one look at Jimmy Carter -- the worst 20th Century President bar Nixon, and the worst ex-President ever -- and declared, "That's our man!"

Three decades later, and along comes Mike Huckabee. Same moral pretentiousness, same gullibility on foreign affairs, only-slightly-less toothy idiot’s grin. Then you so-called Republicans took a look at Carter’s clone and said, “That’s our man, too!”

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