Monday, January 07, 2008

It's All About Obama...

There is one woman who perhaps best predicted Barack Obama's success at the Iowa polls this week, and it ain't Oprah.

Obama Girl, (pictured) the actress who sang a tune called I've got a crush on Obama in a hugely popular viral video, was a scantily clad, gyrating symbol of the connection the young senator has made with American youth, an appeal that helped propel him to victory on Thursday with the help of the under-30 electorate. The latest Obama Girl video, Obama Girl Returns For Iowa!, was released on Jan. 2.

According to a breakdown of the Iowa vote by MSNBC, Mr. Obama won 57 per cent of the 17-29 age group, compared with 11 per cent for Hillary Clinton and 14 per cent for John Edwards. In the 30-44 age group, he took 42 per cent. (SIRI AGRELL)

As US politics shifts into 4th gear, the world watches.

Kathy Miller writes on "The Hillary Project" that "Clinton's campaign, anticipating probable defeat here in New Hampshire on January 8, is gearing up for an extended trench-warfare battle against Barack Obama.

The former First Lady is planning to fight Obama in South Carolina on January 26, and in the gargantuan nationwide primary on Tuesday, February 5 -- with contests in 19 states, including New York, California, New Jersey, Georgia, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Colorado. If she remains competitive, Clinton's plan is to continue to compete in Louisiana on February 9, in Virginia and Maryland on February 12, in Wisconsin on February 19, in Ohio on March 4 -- and beyond, if necessary." Nice. But what pushed Obama up so high? Was it the OPRAH factor? And if Oprah works for Obama, will Dr. Phil work for Britney? She refused to speak to the good doctor.

Michelle Malkin contributes Sunday night roundtable: The Fox News/GOP debate...
Clinton, asked on CBS (nyse: CBS - news - people )' "The Early Show" whether the Iowa defeat indicated that voters were disenchanted with her and wanted to move on, said, "I'm just going to work as hard as I can today and tomorrow. ...I feel really good about this whole process, and you know, whatever happens tomorrow, we're going on." [*]

Iranian bloggers are discussing the victory of U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama in Iowa. It was the first nominating contest of the 2008 presidential election. Some rejoice in Obama’s victory, while others evaluate what impact “Obama as President” would have on Iranian political life. Farhad Afshar reflects on [Fa] how the majority of the population in Iowa are white but still preferred to vote for a black candidate.

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