Did independent voters make a mark in Iowa on Tuesday, as they did so conspicuously for the insurgent Barack Obama in 2008? And, do the Iowa results provide us with new insight into the aspirations of this mass of anti-partisan Americans?
Our two national political parties mirror their extreme "Orange County" and "San Francisco" counterparts, championing rigid ideology over common sense. Small wonder only 15 percent of Americans have confidence in the federal government.
We, the people, consistent with our nation's founding principles and in keeping with our sacred duties, in national association declare our independence from the politics of the two major political parties.
Independents are just plain disgruntled. They're looking for solutions to basic problems.
Independents are also fickle, and vote irregularly, but they have decided most elections, even in San Francisco.
The people trying to wake us up to the realities of global warming have taken to calling themselves "climate hawks." In the field of Republican presidential candidates, we are seeing a new breed emerge: climate chickens.
Being a registered Independent is a practical, tangible way to declare our independence from poisonous partisanship; it can also be an opportunity to consciously reaffirm our allegiance to Christ in all things.
Independents are not back on the president's team. But they are willing to listen -- and watch. If he wants to continue to earn back their trust and, more importantly, their votes, he's going to have to deliver.
Campaigns are misguided to think they can reach these disparate types by adopting some middle of the road, wishy-washy, one-size-fits-all position. Instead, the groups need to be marketed to in different ways.
Pundits are now beginning to say Obama is on a comeback, which is a stunning turnaround from less than two months ago, when the president sheepishly began using the word "shellacking" for the midterm results.
I used to imagine the president was playing 11-dimensional political chess with Republicans, a strategy I was too dim to grasp. I've begun to wonder whether his negotiating is his way of dog-whistling to Independents that he's their guy.