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I was just reading yesterday's NYTimes and saw the breakdown of voters in the battleground states. Iowa  statistics are amazing. The state is overwhelmingly white - yet Presdient Obama won ever age group except senior and in that category it was a tie. I'm not sure what is in the air and water of Iowa but I wish they would share it with the rest of the country, the world and the MSM.

In an earlier diary I thanked Colorado and Viriginia for President Obama's win - I really should have thanked Iowa first not only for Tuesday but for 2008 - Iowans lead the way for a new beginning in our country when they voted for President Obama over Hillary Clinton and in 2012 they really set the stage for President Obama's win.

Every Obama supporter should visit Iowa and thank Iowans for leading the change in this wonderful country.

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  •  What is in the water? (8+ / 0-)

    I think it is called "education."

    There is talk that King may try to run for the Senate in two years.  Apparently someone can't read election results.

    Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens.

    by MoDem on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 06:44:47 AM PST

  •  You're very welcome! Iowans love Obama, (11+ / 0-)

    and we have since 2008. Obama really knows that, and his last speech in Des Moines had me in tears.

    I can hardly tell you how it felt in the caucus in 2008. There were so many people running at the beginning and it was very clear that Obama had taken our caucus by a substantial margin. A friend who had been a precinct captain for Dodd came over to join us on the second round. There were more young people at the caucus than I can ever remember, too.

    Iowa had the greatest per capita casualties in the Civil War. Our Supreme Court decided for equality in public accommodations and education back in the 19th century. Our state universities have always been open to everyone. I warmly welcome anyone who would like to come and visit and see Iowa for yourself.



    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 06:49:24 AM PST

  •  We claim him as our own (8+ / 0-)

    We are very cognizant of the role we have played in his ascension. It was not coincidence that he finished his campaign here. The Des Moines Register will never recover from its Romney endorsement.

    CNN has called it: Luke Skywalker vs. the Death Star is a tie!

    by GOPGO2H3LL on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 06:55:44 AM PST

  •  They should ship some of that Iowan spirit to (1+ / 0-)
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    luckylizard

    Oklahoma.  The crap from my OKC facebook friends is umbearable.  Here's just one post:  

    Conversation between the cashier and bagger at grocery store while I'm checking out:
     "I ain't gonna use no condoms. I got 3 baby daddy's. I hope Obama makes our food stamps go up." True story!! Well at least she has a job, I guess.

    Instead of passing off this "true" conversation as an anomaly, she and friends commenting on her post see this as THE problem with this country.  

    •  Speaking of... (0+ / 0-)

      The Register asked several people who they voted for.  One of them was a single, 37 year old mother, who was a Democrat.

      She voted for Romney because of Obama care.  And her reasoning was that she didn't have insurance and her children didn't have insurance and she didn't want to be told to have insurance.

      I found this maddening.  And I wanted to tell that woman that if she didn't want to buy insurance or support the health care plan, I sure as hell didn't want to pay her hospital bill (through Medicaid) if god forbid her or her children got sick.

  •  You're welcome! Iowa points out, IMHO, that (4+ / 0-)

    Rs are at serious risk of over-blaming their defeat on "demographics" -- and at their peril. Rs are losing the votes of educated whites and urban whites -- and there are a lot of us, even in Iowa.

  •  You're welcome! (2+ / 0-)
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    Lawrence, operculum

    We are pretty white, but we also have a surprising, if small, immigrant population.  Former Gov, Robert Ray (R) saw the Vietnamese boat people and felt so bad that he worked and worked until he got a special designation from the State Dept. for us to get immigrants.  It began with Vietnam and we've has lots of others, including refugees from Bosnia.  My neighborhood is wonderfully colorful and I love it!

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 08:06:35 AM PST

  •  Iowa is pretty cool! (2+ / 0-)
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    CoyoteMarti, operculum

    I know most on here don't like our position in the selection process.  We do take it seriously though.  And in a lot of ways we are a pretty progressive state.

    And while the media narrative was that Obama won b/c of the changing demographics, in Iowa he didn't win because of that.

    I was convinced he wasn't going to win Iowa.  My Des Moines suburb was peppered with Romney signs.  But to win a convincing 4-5 point contest was amazing.

    It was surprisingly sentimental for me to watch Obama in his last campaign event in Des Moines.  Maybe because he was equally sentimental about it.  We really did have a chance to get to know him.  

    I wasn't an Obama supporter in the 2008 caucus (again, what a mistake...), but it was always very obvious to me that Obama was going to have a great shot winning the caucus.  I always laugh when reading the accounts that he was a big underdog here.  Maybe he was, but the feeling in Iowa for most of 2007 was that Obama was a serious contender.

  •  Many are unaware (0+ / 0-)

    of Iowa's civil rights history.

    Even though we have a lot of old, white people, Iowa has long been committed to human rights.

    This core conviction appears in Article I, § 1 of the state constitution. “All men and women are, by nature, free and equal, and have certain inalienable rights among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness.” Iowa’s commitment to the preservation of civil and human rights—as made clearly evident by the first article and section of the constitution—spans the gamut of the state’s legal, social, and political development. The following timeline endeavors to chronicle the  extraordinary legal opinions rendered by the Iowa Supreme Court, along with other major historical occurrences regarding Iowa’s distinctive value for civil rights.
    Here is the pdf timeline.
  •  Iowa is (1+ / 0-)
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    GOPGO2H3LL

    perfect Obama country....despite the racial makeup...

    highly educated
    tolerant
    progressive

    Minnesota and Wisconsin are similar to Iowa...upper midwest is very tolerant area.

    Personally, I have always felt that Obama would do well in Big Ten country,as opposed to SEC country, partially because he is a Big Ten professor(U. of Chicago is still in the Big Ten),and only Indiana(this year) and newbie Nebraska, did not join hands around our guy!

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