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Iowa May Not Have As Much Power To Make A Presidential Nominee

June 5, 2015

Really interesting.

For a generation, Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucus in the months before the presidential conventions has represented the first key stop on the road to the White House—Iowa is the state that determines who is viable and who is not. It’s a source of great pride, and money—tens of millions of dollars in economic benefit from campaigns and their ads. Iowans have gotten used to their outsized influence, too, with their farmers shaping the national conversation about ethanol and their conservative caucus-goers pulling the GOP to the right on social issues.

As Iowans look around this spring, though, they increasingly worried that the combination of an uncompetitive Democratic field and a huge, sprawling Republican field might mean the state’s power won’t be what it once was. There’s a palpable anxiety in political circles—and even rumblings that Iowa’s king-making days might be over, or at least that the national media, and the rest of the country, will pay less heed this cycle.

One Comment
  1. Hüsker Dü permalink
    June 5, 2015 1:12 PM

    Part of the continuing war on Christianity. Apparently the rest of the country may be coming to the realization that having several dozen thousand lily white wack-a-doodles living with 19th century attitudes and welfare queens (farmers collecting their subsidies while decrying gubment spending) sitting in a caucus for 6 hours doesn’t result in a representative or beneficial result. Of course the state party takes care of the results by throwing out the county votes for candidates they don’t like to throw it to their favored candidate (2012 for Romney). So Romney was declared victor on caucus night, a “further review” gave it to the frothy mixture (Santorum) and Paul won the majority of convention delegates in their Byzantine “further caucus” process. Ahhh, Iowa democracy!

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