Here we go again – the every-four-years super hype over the Iowa caucuses – which is the most over-hyped, most unrepresentative, and least meaningful even in American politics.
The truth is: no matter who wins, the Iowa Caucuses mean nothing!
Look at who participates: 120,000 people.
That’s only 20 percent of Iowa’s registered Republicans. Only 4 percent of Iowa’s total population. Less than 0.04% of the population of the United States. And less than half the size of the crowd at every running of the Indianapolis 500.
For the last 20 years, it’s also been an event dominated by the religious right – which is why 80 percent of Iowa’s Republican voters don’t even bother to show up. They can be counted on to pick the most extreme social conservative, but seldom line up behind the party’s eventual nominee. Just ask President Mike Huckabee!
There’s only one reason the Iowa caucuses continue to be taken so seriously: Because of all the media attention it commands. Every network, every cable channel, every political website and daily newspaper broadcasts or reports live from Iowa—thereby turning a non-event into a pseudo-political-event.
Let me say it again: No matter who wins in Iowa today, it means nothing. And we should stop pretending it does.
That’s my parting shot for today.