It was cold and dark when Pat Baxter-Rebal got up to dress for Hillary Clinton’s 8:30 a.m. town hall meeting on Sunday.
Sunday morning in Iowa usually means church, but life is a series of choices and Baxter-Rebal chose Hillary over heaven.
Pat put on her bright red blazer, the better to be recognized when question and answer time came.
On her right lapel she put a big Hillary Clinton button and on the left she put her special button with Dick Cheney holding a ventriloquist’s dummy with the head of George W. Bush on it.
“I am a Democratic activist,” Pat said.
You might think, perhaps, that Pat Baxter-Rebal might actually be planning to vote for Hillary Clinton, but you would be wrong.
This is Iowa and people do not give their hearts or votes away easily. Not even to candidates they respect and admire.
“I am also considering Barack Obama - - he was here last fall - - and Tom Vilsack,” Pat said.
What about John Edwards, who has been to Iowa 17 times since 2004?
“I like him a lot,” Pat said. “But I have a sense that he is a lightweight. He doesn’t have the ballast. It’s hard to get past his charm, but his charm doesn’t count for much with me.”
She considers Barack Obama more experienced than Edwards, even though Barack Obama is in his first term as a U.S. Senator and Edwards served a full term, because Obama served eight years in the Illinois senate.
“That counts for a lot here,” Pat said.
But why not just go with Hillary?
“I am not satisfied with her explanation about the Iraq war,” Pat said.
But come on. After the cat, the blue eyes, the paw print, the red blazer, the knowledge of children, the 12 TV cameras and international press corps taking down every word, after all this, you are really not going to commit to Hillary?
“Well, she is one of my top three,” Pat said.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
"Iowans Do Not Give Their Hearts or Votes Easily"
Roger Simon on The Politico: