Maybe we jinxed the campaign?

I doubt it. However, we did nix the “hi, we came all the way from [___]” from our little speeches while canvassing suburban Bettendorf — plus, I was feeling awfully self-conscious about having dressed in various shades of black. (We were both wearing square-toed boots, natch.) From Salon War Room:

…put yourself in the boots of an average Iowa Democrat a few days before the caucus. The campaign is so intense that it has become a form of political harassment. Your phone rings every 10 minutes with an automated robo-call on behalf of one candidate or another. Your mailbox is jammed with political junk mail. Then comes a knock on your door and there you find a couple of committed campaigners from Park Slope or Noe Valley or Wicker Park telling you that Howard Dean is your man. And they’re wearing these really loud orange caps.

How would you react if a bunch of Iowans invaded your neighborhood like that? Now you’re beginning to understand what might’ve happened to Dean on Monday.

Actually, we didn’t meet anyone else there from an identifiably hipster hood (save one Logan Square). There were college kids galore, and a few even younger kids (including one who was excitedly telling anyone who’d listen that John Edwards “flipped me off!”), but the overall “I’m a purple-haired wacko and I like this guy and so should you” culture-shock factor was quite minimal.

In any case, Dean has pretty well jinxed his own campaign with The Scream. I’m really not feeling so confident about him after that.

It would seem, though, that John Edwards’ stump speech is perfectly positioned to catch the “opportunity society” meme that Tom Daschle introduced in the SOTU rebuttal. This phrase is, according to Stan Greenberg’s politics-as-psychographic-clustering text The Two Americas), how the Democrats can cohesively explain their vision for government’s role in American society — and to win both left and center.