If I were running for president and it was a wide-open field on both sides of the aisle, based upon history I’d rather come in third place in Iowa.
Why? Well, just ask Presidents Gephardt, Simon, Dole and Robertson. Don’t remember those guys? Well, they were the first and second place finishers in the 1988 Iowa Caucus, the last time a similar situation existed. Mike Dukakabee’s victory in Iowa tonight isn’t very surprising in a state that 20 years ago saw Pat Robertson come in second, one spot ahead of Vice President George H.W. Bush.
Fred Thompson’s third place finish allows him to fight another day, most likely in South Carolina. And while Sen. Clinton’s third place finish strips the inevitable lable off her campaign (does that mean she is now evitable?), she is still the favorite to get the Dem nod in Denver in August.
From here, Dukakabee will face unrealistically high expectations, ones that he will be unable to come close to meeting. Tonight will be the best night of his campaign, for it will be all downhill from here…