“We are one nation, one people and the time for change has come.” – Barack Obama
Obama’s speech was electrifying. At times I felt his voice reminded me of MLK, deep and resonating. Watch it:
The pundits are bouncing off the walls with predictions, but time will tell, as I have said here many times leading up to the start of the primaries. What happens next for Obama depends on many factors and remains to be seen if he can, as Andrei Cherny points out on the HuffPo, turn his win into a “clear road to the Democratic nomination” as John Kerry did four years ago. Cherny adds:
John Edwards may have come in second, but he desperately needed to come in first. His entire candidacy has been staked on a win in Iowa. For all intents and purposes, the Democratic nomination battle is now down to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton — and the fight in New Hampshire could well be decisive.
If Barack Obama can follow up his big Iowa victory with a win in New Hampshire, it will be hard — if not impossible — to stop him. But if, like 3rd place finisher George H.W. Bush in 1988, Hillary Clinton can turn around her campaign in the snows of New Hampshire, she will make herself the “Comeback Candidate.”
What a night. Congratulations to Barack Obama. As Arianna Huffington noted early, “everyone has a reason to celebrate tonight.”