only ten more months until the election

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Let's put the Iowa wins by Obama and Huckabee last night into perspective: there is a long primary season ahead, and it's ten months until the general election. With those caveats out of the way, this ABC analysis explains a very strong showing by Obama last night. Attaturck at FDL combines the Democratic and Republican numbers in a most interesting way:

Percentage of total vote
24.5% Obama
20.5% Edwards
19.8% Clinton
11.4% Huckabee (R)

Here's a transcript of Obama's victory speech last night, with some encouraging oratory:

"The time has come for a president who will be honest about the choices and the challenges we face, who will listen to you and learn from you, even when we disagree, who won't just tell you what you want to hear, but what you need to know.


I'll be a president who ends this war in Iraq and finally brings our troops home... (APPLAUSE) ...who restores our moral standing, who understands that 9/11 is not a way to scare up votes but a challenge that should unite America and the world against the common threats of the 21st century.

Andrew Sullivan, author of the recent Atlantic cover story on Obama, notes Obama's broad-spectrum appeal:

How can my core beliefs resonate with the libertarianism of Ron Paul and yet allow for support of an urban liberal like Obama? Good questions. One short answer: because conservatism faces a deeper threat from corrupt Republicans than from honest liberals. Because, after eight years of big government Christianism, a unifying liberalism is something I can live with. Because I want to win the long war against the Jihadists - and we need to unite the country again to do it. [emphasis added]

Wouldn't it be nice to have a true uniter in the Oval Office?

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