Iowa Independent: Insiders: What went right and wrong for Obama, McCain?
Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent
Like many local elected officials in the Hawkeye State, Linda
Langston, chairwoman of the Linn County Board of Supervisors, had a
front row seat for the fledgling days of a spectacularly intense
presidential campaign that ends Tuesday. Langston, a Democrat, scouted
the full field, arguably the deepest ever for her party in terms of
resumes and star quality, before picking U.S. Sen. Barack Obama,
D-Ill., as her candidate -- a choice she made during a ride to the
Cedar Rapids airport with Obama amid discussions of the state's
understated beauty. She saw something within Obama that helped her to
make what was a personal decision to support the first-term senator.