Monday, January 2, 2012
The Iowa caucuses: much ado about the few, the partisan
A small minority of voting age Iowans are going to caucus tonight and vote for the Republican presidential candidates of their choice. The Iowa caucuses attract something like one-seventh of one percent of Americans who can vote. The news media and TV talking heads will invest great importance in what they do. The candidates will spin it. If you don't live in Iowa, how much do you care?
I am not breathless waiting for the results. The Iowa caucuses have only infrequently identified the ultimate nominees in past presidential races. If you had to pay to get the actual results, would you?
My previous comments on presidential political shenanigans in Iowa:
Iowa caucuses: the few, the partisan, the hype
Spoofing democracy in Iowa
The Iowa Ames Poll: the party's over
The Iowa Ames Poll: democracy it ain't