Tuesday, February 5, 2008


You've heard of bellwether states: contests that serve as microcosms of the larger election and that, theoretically, foreshadow the overall result. It's been said that South Carolina is a bellwether state for the Republican party; no candidate has won the GOP presidential nomination without winning in the Palmetto State.

But Missouri may be the bellwether of the bellwether states. On an evening where most of the candidates can make a case for having had a good night, with 98 percent of precincts reporting, Missouri is still too close to call -- for either party.

What's going on in Missouri is truly a microcosm of the larger presidential race: Unpredictable and unprecedented. It's impossible to look away.