If there was kinetic joy in the camps of Iowa caucus victors Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee last night, it was nothing compared to the hyperbole-burbling, earnest elbow-leaning glee of the political commentators. For one brief and electronically shining moment, the folks at CNN, MSNBC and even Fox News found common ground -- an Upset in Iowa, with the long-predicted favorites taking it on the chin. (Hillary Rodham Clinton came in third!)
Never mind that the people who had been using their best authoritative baritones to call Republican Mitt Romney and Democratic Sen. Clinton the favorites all these weeks were the same people now taking such obvious pleasure in their downfall -- the 350,000 or so souls who voted in the caucus have turned the 2008 presidential campaign into a genuine horse race. And who doesn't love a horse race?