By Alan Caruba
I think we can safely put to rest the notion that America is a racist nation. This is bad news for Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton, but very good news for the rest of us; especially Barack Obama.
In my former hometown, established in 1920, the first Black Mayor took office this week. Americans, particularly white Americans, have implemented the results of the Civil Rights movement and it is time now for Black Americans to step up to the plate. The “race card” doesn’t work any more. Being America’s permanent victims is no longer an excuse.
That it would take a nearly all-white group of Iowans to make this happen is testimony to the redemptive history of America. It is no small irony that it took fifty years beyond the end of the Civil War to grant women the right to vote. The first serious woman candidate for the presidency suffered a significant defeat. Hillary Clinton is the past. Barack Obama is the future.
I seriously doubt that Mike Huckabee is the future. I don’t think Republicans want to repeat the mistakes of the past with a Bible thumping, Give Me That Old-Time Religion candidate. One Jimmy Carter is enough. And, come to think of it, so is one former Governor of Arkansas. Yes, they are Democrats, but that is just one more reason that Huckabee will hit the Republican buzz saw of the nation’s East and West Coast States. He will be pushed to the sidelines for the accident of politics that he is.
Republicans want a winner, a real conservative, and that means their primaries are still up for grabs. They will look at McCain again for the umpteenth time. The problem with McCain can be summed up with two words—illegal immigration. He seems to favor it, along with amnesty. He’s also drunk deeply of the global warming Kool-Aid. Forget Guliani. Too liberal. End of story.
So Mitt Romney, the Republican answer to John Kerry, will battle it out for votes with guys like Fred Thompson and whoever else is running. Thompson did surprisingly well in Iowa. Something most of the pundits have not noticed.
So, yes, Iowa held a lot of surprises for both parties, but we shall swiftly move on from there to New Hampshire and then to Super Tuesday. A lot can happen between now and then.