January 3rd, 2008

the only earth?

happy iowa day

Does this happen every year and I just hadn't noticed until now? The press is really hating on the Iowa caucuses.
  • "The Brigadoon Complex" [slate]

  • "Iowa's Undemocratic Caucuses" [nyt]

  • "American Politics Stranded In Iowa" [kcrw]

  • "the Iowa Scam" [slate]

  • "Are the Iowa caucuses much too silly? Critics lament secretive, undemocratic process, that discourages participation" [carpetbagger]

Personally, I'm more than fine with another four years of not having to hear hear another breathless reporter describing how the dedicated political geeks comprising 4-8% of the population of a state that's not particularly representative of the country spend months engaging in retail politics, handshaking, and divining electability to turn up on a cold winter's night instead of going to work or watching the Orange Bowl for the sake of forming preference groups, determining viability, and choosing the president.