January 4th, 2008
12:15 PM ET
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The Best Political Podcast

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(CNN)Iowa has spoken, after nearly a year of campaigning by a crowded presidential field.

In Monday’s The Best Political Podcast, Chief National Correspondent John King reports on the Iowa caucuses. Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider delves into CNN’s Iowa entrance polling data and explains what caucus goers liked about Sen. Barack Obama and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

John King and Dan Lothian also look ahead to New Hampshire’s primary on January 8. Plus: the headlines percolating on the Political Ticker after the caucuses and political parting shot from I-Report cartoonist Jim Brenneman.

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–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

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  1. Ann Aloha, PA

    I think it would be very interesting to see the breakdown of total votes counted before the caucus members shifted to their sencond choice candidates. To me this shows the true commitment of caucus members to their original choice of candidate.
    I don't think this will be revealed because the media is being biased and that it the report will show or paint a different picture of the candidates.

    January 5, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. betty

    Obama's campaign proudly announced today the endorsement of former South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges who will join his campaign as a national co-chair.

    Hodges is, in fact, a registered federal lobbyist, a search of the Senate Office of Public Records Lobbying Disclosure Act Database shows. He registered as such on June 1, 2007..

    Yesterda Obama vowed that he didn't take money from lobbyist .

    Obama, however, has justified taking money from state based lobbyists and working with them.
    His New Hampshere campaign chair is a lobbyist too.

    January 5, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Eye Opener

    Was it me, or did Obama play the race card well, as the other party played the Religous card?
    Listen to the Obama victory speech carefully, sounded ALOT like a "MLK" speech,
    with a political sugar coating,with a twist of change.
    It is a shame the media is quick to pass the possibility of religion as a role, but yet refrain from how the race card, and gender roll MAY play a key part as well.
    All 3 factors are going to have a big impact on how the political race is going to come about in the end.

    January 5, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. g-dog

    I believe that it is true that Hillary represents change, even though it has taken a while for her to triangulate through other slogans to get to change. So with Hillary as president we will be done with the Bush administration's arrogance, deceit, secrecy, unethical and illegal actions, quasi-despotism, international hegemonism, nepotism and cronyism, polarization, cynical jingoism, dirty tricks, and completely selling out to lobbyists. Instead it will be the Hillary's administration doing the same, if not worse. The polls consistently say that the majority of the American public does not trust or like Hillary.

    As for Hillary's so-called experience, being First Lady? Whoopee. If being First Lady is enough experience to qualify a person to be President of the United States, then Laura Bush is equally qualified to become President? If Hillary's experience means her abysmal failure at healthcare reform, that doesn't bode well? Even her allies admit that she handled it with such arrogance, elitism, and insensitivity that it set back that discussion by years.

    People complain that Hillary is being treated unfairly by the press. Well, duh! She does not allow the press to fly with her, unlike other candidates. Unlike her husband did when he campaigns. This forces them to drive or try to book seats on commercial planes. After one campaign event there was left over food. Her comment was, "Well, I guess we can give it to the press." (They had not been fed.) Her arrogant and condescending attitude and behavior toward the press cannot help but influence how they report on her. So if the press is treating her unfairly, much of the blame goes back to her queenly attitude.

    January 5, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  5. gene

    Obama can not win the general election. He will lose all of the southern and border states, as well as, the states of New Jersey, New York and Pa. snd maybe a few others. Do not let your heart rule your head. I am liberal democrat {81 years of age} and a veteran of the 2nd world war, Hillary is the ony one that can beat this group and if you are really democrats at least stop the bashing. It sure is unbecoming of you.

    January 6, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  6. castro

    she bullies when she's up in the polls, then she cries like a baby when she's down, or throws a temper tantrum like a two-year -old. Sorry, Hill, but not every democrat likes you, not every woman likes you. She claims to have 35 years in government service...there are housekeepers that have scrubbed toilets in Washington for longer, and I am sure that there are "escorts" who can claim 35 years in government service . All she has done is ride on Bronco Billy's coattails, then claiming his ideas as hers...wonder whose idea it was to give Vince Foster a "going away present". Would like a scandal -free White House for a change, and am tired of the bush-clinton-bush-clinton years ...hard to believe that the last president we had whose last name wasn't Bush or Clinton was Reagan...almost 20 years of the same faces...maybe that's why even Ron Paul is looking better to voters than Hillary. Someone, anyone is better than a Clinton or

    January 8, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  7. BB

    I think that Colin Powell's endorsement of Obama might have been perceived as a threat to people worried, latently or patently, about the so-called "race card." This might explain the unexpected surge of support for Clinton.

    Indeed, Obama's predicted percentage matched his actual standing in N. H.

    On the other hand, Clinton had the unexplained variance.

    January 9, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  8. al Iowa

    I think obama's group used dirty takticks in iowa,in one district I know they had less then the amount of voters to get an electorial vote yet when I gave you numbers you did not get back to me on it again I Say 78 voters presant 27 for Edwards,32 for Clinton,12 for obama,7 for Richardson. Richardson was told to leave room but some changed side " totals are above afterwards". By calculation (The parties needed 15 to even stay in the room),Question how did Obama's group get to stay in the room and further more recieve an electorial vote?.If electorial votes are so important then why did he get one! The way it was done is wrong,You should not be able to round up.district4 iowa caucass! The folks in that room were lied to bottom line .then told the chairman had 27 years exp.So it is ok,well the assistant chairman told the chairman that was not proper he said that was Democratic. This was my first Caucass if this is right then I now how bush won in his amazing RACE.BOTTOM LINE!!!!!.

    January 11, 2008 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  9. colene

    i blame bill clinton for the last seven years of having to deal with bush. he did not do anything except try to stay out of trouble. it was one scandal after another. this man cannot wait to get into the white house to do it all over again. do you think hillary will be able to get anything done with him getting it on with the interns.

    January 11, 2008 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  10. Mike J

    I will leave the bad-mouthing to McCain,Romney, and the other stimulus seeking people, I want complete change, its time to give freedom a chance up there in Washington, there has been too many theiving of our rights not to vote for complete change.
    Ron Paul

    January 19, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. joanne

    Go Barak! Those of us in Iowa need to continue to talk with friends here at home and others who have yet to vote. I worked with the Obama camp and none of us were involved in negative campaigning and that directive came from the top(Barak). In fact the chance to support a positive inclusive candidate was in large part what attracted the quality volunteers, and voters that resulted in the WIN in Iowa. And when it comes to experience Barak has what it takes for me, he has "walked with the people" as a community organizer. He has been there and he's brilliant! He wants the active participation of the people in OUR government.

    January 24, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. sam

    The way CNN panders to Barak Obama has damaged the credibility of CNN.

    Its clear CNN giving lion share to Barak and free media to him has a purpose.

    CNN is now bwecoming pro obama,

    Its like BBC now !

    February 6, 2008 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
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