It's official: Iowans in both parties favor candidates who want to change the kind of debate this country has in Washington. Never before have both parties so strongly supported candidates who reject politics-as-usual. This country has come a long way from 2000 when voters overwhelmingly rejected innovative Bill Bradley and John McCain in favor of traditional Al Gore and George Bush. Seven years of Rovian 51% divisive majorities have finally shown a majority of Americans the inherent value in decent, honest, genuine candidates.
This race, however, has only just begun. Senator Hillary Clinton and John Edwards both has significant showings, as did Mitt Romney, with Fred Thompson, Senator John McCain, and Rep. Ron Paul each finishing near or above 10% of the vote. Expect McCain to do very well in New Hampshire on Tuesday, and Thompson to try to surge toward South Carolina.
New Hampshire predictions will follow on Monday night.
In the meantime, this has been a proud day for America democracy.