I read two tweets over the weekend by two different people which pretty much sums up this primary/caucus season.
- "I hate this election."
- "Thank god this whole stupid election is over after Iowa.
So others feel as though Iowa is the be all and end all too. and New Hampshire. But let's look at Iowa first, it's sooooo important the media world has camped out there since practically August. On the republican side, how much did it actually end up meaning as far as who became the eventual nominee? I'm only going back to 1976.
Except for the last two election cycles-2008 and 2012, the Iowa winner got the nomination. In 2008 Huckabee won and 2012 saw Santorum.
On the democratic side, except for 1992 when Tom Harkin won Iowa, 1976 when 'uncommitted won and 1988 when Dick Gephardt won, Iowans did pick the eventual nominee.
This kind of makes me sick that one state gets first dibs in a very unusual format. After Iowa candidates will begin to drop out and after New Hampshire more will pack it in until by the time the rest of the states get their turn, most choices will be gone.
But. I don't know whether to laugh or cry. A big blizzard is heading toward Iowa at the same time as the caucuses.