Following are a couple of opinions that are pretty close to my own.
Todd Seavey on the Republicans:
You know, suddenly Romney, McCain, Giuliani, Thompson, and Paul all seem like great candidates, compared to the GOP winner in Iowa — and it would be a tragedy if Republican support for these five men remained sufficiently divided that the Huckster was able to win a plurality…. It’s a prisoner’s dilemma sort of thing: we anti-Huckabites could each abandon our favorite candidate (Paul in my case) to shore up one of the others — but, dammit, why can’t the other camps budge first?
Todd on the Democrats:
The Democrats, by contrast, picked the best of the three most prominent candidates in Iowa (though their fourth, Richardson, is arguably the most libertarian of the Dems, which isn’t saying much). Edwards is (not so unlike the Huckster) an economically-ignorant populist, and Clinton is part of an unprincipled and power-hungry machine undeserving of another four (or eight) years in the White House. Obama is just a Democrat, as far as I can tell, which is bad but not the worst thing in the world — and he has almost verbatim promised to be a uniter, not a divider, which would probably turn out to be more accurate a statement coming from him than it was the last time a presidential candidate promised that.
Glen Dean on the Republicans:
In spite of massive resistance from the conservative punditry and intellectual elite, Mike Huckabee won last night in Iowa with a majority of voters who identify themselves as conservative. I find that to be terribly disappointing. Iowa’s results tell me that there are a great deal of people out there who have no idea what the word conservative means. Their definition is only cultural, without any regard to principles like small government and federalism. The Democrats have always been the party of populism and class warfare, but with Huckabee winning Iowa and leading nationally, emotion based demagoguery seems to have also found a home in the Republican Party.
Glen on the Democrats:
In spite of the fact that he is wrong on foreign policy, wrong on domestic issues, and wrong on the economy, I like Barack Obama. I always have. What that young man has been able to accomplish in a short period of time is nothing short of remarkable. As far as character and personality are concerned, he is by far the best candidate the Democrats have had in many years. He has a very appealing way of selling liberalism, a more positive message that comes across as honest and inspiring.
Maybe you’ll get my own thoughts one of these days, but no sense reinventing the wheel as long as I can find people I generally agree with.