So now it’s Mitt Romney (the guy who, over the holidays, was spoken of increasingly as inevitable), Ron Paul (the guy everyone knows will never be the nominee, much less president) and Rick Santorum (the guy from the back of the pack who lost his last election in his home state) running neck-and-neck in Iowa:
Months of campaigning came down to a few final hours Monday as GOP hopefuls made their final argument to an unpredictable Iowa electorate, with polls showing tightly bunched leaders on the eve of the all-important caucuses.
In a two-day tracking poll from Public Policy Polling released late Sunday night, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum were in a virtual dead heat. The numbers: Paul is at 20 percent, Romney at 19 percent, Santorum at 18 percent, Newt Gingrich at 14 percent, Rick Perry at 10 percent and Michele Bachmann at 8 percent…
And again, I find myself wondering, to what extent should we even care what happens in Iowa? Remember, Mike Huckabee won here last time.
What fools the calendar doth make of us, even when we know better.
Caucusing is ridiculous. We shouldn’t care what happens in Iowa, it’s too easy for a candidate to pay the fees to send a bunch of supporters into the caucuses and come out ahead. They are a vestige of an earlier, simpler, more orchestrated time in American politics, and aren’t really relevant today.
Government funded party primaries are ridiculous as well, just to put that out there.
Silence, without gov’t funding, would it not be possible for those with the most money to manipulate the primary process so as to heavily favor their preferred candidate in each state? After all, if the primary is funded by the party, they would get to make the rules about who gets on the ticket, as well as who votes in the primary.