A poll-oholic truly believes in the election numbers game.
No matter what the people say, no matter how heavy the toll wears on their weary faces--no matter how much hope is expressed in the need for new leadership--poll-oholics believe in the science of calling the horse race by cold, hard stats.
Let the Frog toss out a few numbers to those so addicted who find themselves suddenly 12-stepping backwards from a new equation in politics.
--57% of Iowan voters under the age of thirty voted for Barack Obama.
--An estimated 220,000 Democrats showed up at caucus sites, compared to 124,000 in 2004. More than 346,000 Democratic and Republican Iowa caucus-goers total, 30% Republicans were first time caucus attendees as compared to 60% first time Democratic go-to-caucus-meeters.
--Obama's victory in this overwhelmingly white state stood as a powerful answer to the question of whether America is prepared to vote for a black person for president. At the same time, the apparent surge of independent voters to his side, as suggested by polls of voters entering the caucuses, suggested his potential appeal in a general election.
--72% of first time caucus attendees threw their support behind Barack Obama.
--Half of Democrats said their top factor in choosing a candidate was someone who could bring about change. Just 20 percent said the right experience, Mrs. Clinton’s key argument, was the main factor.
--Mr. Obama peeled away broad swaths of women from her base of support, and the political potency of baby boomers fell apart in Iowa. Half of the Democrats under 45 said their first choice was Mr. Obama, according to a poll by Edison/Mitofsky of voters entering caucus sites.
--60% of Republican Iowans identified themselves as evangelicals. 45% of those supported Mike Huckabee with their caucus vote. They made him the winner.
--Only one in 10 voters at the Democratic caucuses emphasized the "electability" factor emphasized by the Clinton camp -- and the biggest group of those voters picked Mr. Edwards.
Throw away your calculators, friends. As so well-stated by Tim Russert, Iowa "is a tremor that can become an earthquake."
"Change is coming to America."
--Barack Obama, 1/3/08
--Barack Obama, 1/3/08