The only real story that to me is important out of IA and NH is that Joe Biden ought to reconsider his campaign. Clearly he is not the front runner people thought he could be.
And I think the telling thing about Buttigieg and Klobuchar doing well in small states is that they appeal to groups who are clearly wanting to avoid Sanders. Policy wise there isn’t that much daylight between most of these candidates, but especially between Pete and Amy, both of whom I think of as a bit bland, like oatmeal, but also not that offensive.
I realize there is a campaign to paint Buttigieg as anti-minority, but I’ve not been convinced he really is that way. Perhaps his lack of zeal for understanding the changing color of America is emblematic of a certain isolation he’s had, of just being a mayor and not really engaging on the national and international stages as much as some other candidates.
Klobuchar I think is presenting herself as the younger, if not by much, version of Warren. This is a difficult thing for American politics - aging women. We are a society caught up in the shallowness of celebrity, and Warren just comes off in both looks and demeanor as the schoolmarm for a mid-20th century school for young women.
Which is unfortunate, because Warren has demonstrated a capability to understand issues that is second to none.
But again, we live in a celebrity-worshipping society (see Trump.)