January 3rd, 2008
11:00 PM ET
14 years ago

For Clinton in Iowa - The party is over

CNN's Mike Roselli captured the mood at camp Clinton Thursday night.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Long after the local and national TV outlets had turned away from her headquarters, Hillary Clinton was still going.

She worked the stage full of supporters that had assembled behind her. She hugged and shook hands with prominent backers such as Madeleine Albright and Terry McAuliffe and stopped to talk with Iowa surrogates who had become constants on her travels across the state. One woman decked out in full AFSCME regalia commanded the senator's attention until they were practically alone on the stage.

Sen. Clinton descended from the stage and worked the remaining fans pressed against the bunting clad ropeline, posing for pictures and signing autographs. She outlasted President Clinton, not one ever to leave a ropeline early.

Once the candidate had exited the ballroom, the campaign soundtrack looped for the umpteenth time as supporters milled about picking up signs, swilling beer, and posing for pictures at the podium where their candidate had just spoken.

–CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (265 Responses)
  1. Jeff in Houston, Texas

    Thank you Lord for the sound judgement in the good people of Iowa.

    January 4, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  2. BV

    "I think that Barak Obama is a very fake person who has no experience."
    Which is why he beat Hillary by 9 points, was in a dead heat with her in NH before his big win here, leads her in SC. Sometimes its more important to have clear vision than mountains of experience. If this election was about experience, Joe Biden should have won it in a walk. It was about who Democrats trust, and we just don't trust Hillary Clinton–she'll say anything to get elected. Barack's message has been the same since he was first elected as a State Senator in the late 1990's: HOPE WINS.
    "American needs a leader that is steadfast, honest, and experienced."
    Steadfast – Obama
    Honest – Obama
    Experienced – Biden, Richardson (Both of whom support Obama over Clinton)
    Sorry, but the one thing that would reuinite the fractured Republican party would be a Clinton nomination, just like a Jeb Bush nomination would get EVERY democrat out to support any candidate just so another Bush wouldn't get in. Hillary has name recognition, but its not positive.
    Don't worry, Jacob in Ontario. Barack will do great things for our country. Or should I say MY country. If you'd like a say in it, I invite you to become an American. Or, how about this–you elect a progressive instead of a conservative, and then maybe we'll listen to you Canadians about how an election should be run!

    January 4, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  3. Rhino

    Do ya think?
    Finally, the point is getting across – nobody trusts her, nobody likes her, and nobody truly believes she can run this country.

    January 4, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  4. Carole CA

    Considering the ridiculous Iowa caucus procedure and the number of Republicans who participated in the Democratic caucus, I can't think that tonight's results bear much weight. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next two primaries. I don't think Obama received a mandate in Iowa and I think that Edwards and Clinton, separated by 1% point are, for all intents and purposes, sharing second place. So as someone wrote earlier, "It ain't over till the fat lady sings."

    January 4, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  5. Jonah

    Good thing Hillary's got the Canadian vote wrapped up.

    January 4, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  6. Mark in Canada

    Jacob in Brockville, ON, we in Canada do NOT all believe Hillary is that candidate. Thanks for blanket statementing our whole country. Hillary is almost as much of a warmonger as GW, and her voting record proves it.

    January 4, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  7. lluvia

    Enough of the Clinton's. Don't turn the U.S. into a tyranny. Vote for Change. Vote Obama.

    January 4, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  8. iowa_bash

    Its a good thing she didnt win. Most of america hates her,especially republicans and independents. Theres no way that she's gonna win the elections even if she wins the nomination.

    January 4, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  9. Paul Williamson

    Obama is a shallow fake who has not accomplished one thing in his time in office. He would be a disaster as president; naive, inexperienced, overly idealistic, and would be blocked on every move by Congress and industry. He should have been a preacher. We cannot afford to trust the future of this country to pretty boy amateurs with a practiced spiel who have no experience or qualifications other than knowing Oprah. Americans have proven time and again in elections that they can be fooled by the BS artists, both Republicans and Democrats- witness Nixon and W. Bush. God help our country

    January 4, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  10. PW Va

    NEVER FORGET...Hillary was orginally in agreement with the present administration to go to war with Iraq. She has just as much blood on her hands as the Bush administration. This is what "experience" will get ya!!! Hillary, you received exactly what you deserved tonight.

    January 4, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  11. Taroe

    Wonderful that Obama is celebrating his only victory.

    January 4, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  12. Richarrd

    I too echo the voters in Iowa. Hillary is simply too divisive and too calculaating and has no backbone, constantly supporting Bush's bills, including especially the war with Iraq. She has little experience except as wife to a former President during times which are much different from today's. Obama, on the other hand, has had the experience that no other candidate has, and that is to have lived for a prolonged period of time in a foreign country, especailly in Asia, where things are much different and geographyically almost as far from the USA as possible. This gives him more understanding and insight about intenational politics and balance that no other candidate understands. All that Hilary can do is to mimic Bush and other candidates who only know it from the US's angle, which has unfortnately been an incorrect one.

    I am very glad that the voters in Iowa has the foresight and vision to vote for Obama in such numbers. As Alex Texas has noted, Hilary is a huge fake, and Jacob ontario is all wet about US politics but that is not surprising. He probably was a MIA since Vietnam's days from texas!!!!

    Also, note how the best educated voters overwhelmingly support Obama whereas those with the least amount of education go with Hilary. It's who can best get duped by this very divisive figure that we do NOT want to elect. If she gets elected, I may very well vote Republican, which would truly be a very sad day!!

    January 4, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  13. Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    Ready for Change?

    I hope those signs are true Hillary, cause change is happening and leaving the Clintons and the Bushs on the curb.

    Next time, try not to steal words because polls say they like when another candidate uses it.

    January 4, 2008 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  14. Nathan, Melbourne, Victoria

    Ronald Reagan lost Iowa. Pat Robertson won. Enough said.

    January 4, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  15. Robert from New York

    I think that Hillary will be able to turn the tide in New Hampshire and South Carolina. Not because I believe that all the time she spent as first lady of Arkansas and of the United States counts as "experience" which makes her ready to lead the Nation on "Day One." I just have the sense that after the defeat Hillary has suffered in Iowa, the Clintons will redouble their efforts to use the "Politics of Personal Destruction" they so vocally protest to bring down Obama. Those personal attacks are invariably followed by statements that the person connected with the Hillary campaign who made the personal attacks did so without Hillary's authorization or knowledge. Those denials have become so common the only people who believe them are naive, or Canadian (yes Jacob, I am referring to you).

    January 4, 2008 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  16. Major Man, Petersburg, VA

    Telling pictures:

    Did any of you note how all the people behind Sen. Clinton were "Washington" types in dark suits & ties?

    Meanwhile, at the Obama speech, the people behind him looked like "regular" people.

    OBAMA '08! Change we can Believe in!

    January 4, 2008 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  17. CMS, Socal

    Your comments just sealed the deal. I will never vote for HRC esp knowing she is Canada's choice.

    January 4, 2008 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  18. chree

    I think Edwards is good but I think we need a change and Obama is the one! People are so scared of change but let's face it who ever wins has a major job ahead of them after the mess that Bush leaves. I'm voting for Obama!

    January 4, 2008 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  19. James Turo

    I agree with Jon.

    This was a good wake up call for Hillary and she has a great ground operation in place for New Hampshire. We're ready for anything here and have knocked on plenty of doors, made a lot of phone calls as the other candidates have done.

    The field has thinned, the debate rages on and I am certain that Hillary will sweep us Granite Staters off our feet.

    January 4, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  20. james

    What happened in Iowa is the testimony that there is a new generation who believes america can still be the greatest nation on earth , Obama represents that new generation of hope and change, the status quo that ran in Washington for years and neglected the reason why we the people choose our politicians to represent us is no longer the dominant factor leading voters. This young generation wants peace, friendship and a good relationship with the rest of the world, while we remain strong and respected, we will defend our beliefs and our freedom without imposing it on others, our compassion and understanding of others and our readiness to lead the world.

    January 4, 2008 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  21. Lori New Jersey

    Come on – Why does Iowa always start off the primaries? What makes that state a leader in the decision making for who the whole country should vote for? I don't get it? Give me a break, Iowa is a nothing state with people who don't have much – intelligent people would not live there. They would live in more expensive states like New Jersey! Or New York, or California! Obviously they are not very intelligent since they didn't vote for Hillary and voted for the Muslim guy instead!

    January 4, 2008 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  22. frankrhone


    January 4, 2008 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  23. Leslie

    I am a highly educated democrat and extremely well read politically. After critically researching the issues that the United States now faces at this particular period in time, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Hillary Clinton is the only candidate that has the political experience necessary to step right into the position of President from day one and lead this country back to greatness. Given the serious political climate of our current foreign affairs, "Change" without "Experience" is not a wise decision at this particular time.

    January 4, 2008 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  24. Jen

    I love OBAMA. He will be a wonderful President.

    HILLARY SHOULD QUIT NOW ! Voters just rejected the nasty politics of the Clintons. Hillary should put her personal ambitions aside for the sake of the democratic party.

    January 4, 2008 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  25. KERRY

    The problem with Iowa is that it is a caucus. I think we should have a nation wide primary in Feb. Period. That way everyone votes for who they really support and believe in. We will never know who really won Iowa based on who backed who. I really think Biden, Edwards and Richardson (maybe even Clinton) got more first votes than Obama. I feel sorry for Edwards, because the second votes might have killed him. Plus If Iowa really wanted to be the so called pulse of American, then more people's voice would be heard. Are we really saying to our children that 'if you really believe in someone and they lose, just vote for one of the winners'. Sad. Iowans have no convictions; only a small set number of voters for a small set number of hours with a short window to get in the room to vote. But Can I really complain? We don't elect the person with the most votes. We don't really care if everyone has healthcare. We don't care if illegal immigrats have more rights and more help than legal immigrats or citzens. We don't care about the earth. We don't care about the middle case and esp. not the poor. Can I really complain? More people talk about politics; than actually vote. That was a joke. But the voter turnout is slim compared to the population. So why shouldn't a buch of people in Iowa decide...Lord knows we don't. And their small percentage of voters are no better than any other state. Unless some state would like to prove them wrong by having a more than 50% turnout for either party. If Hillary doesn't get the Dem. nomination; then I will vote for any other Rep.

    January 4, 2008 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
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