Her comments caused more than a splash when they were first reported a little differently. Apparently, the Quad City Times had earlier cited her words this way: "Iowa will make the difference. If Barack doesn't win Iowa it is over."
There's a difference between "just a dream" and "it's over" but Iowa is shaping up to be perhaps a decisive contest. Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards are waging full-blown campaigns in the state and whoever wins this January will have captured a tremendous amount of momentum heading into the rapid-fire series of primaries to come. It ain't over until it's over but Iowa certainly could be the beginning of a quick end.