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Iowa Caucus running thread

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Dick Whitman, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    The hour is nigh.
  2. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    The vindication of Rick Santorum is upon us!
  3. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    I'm happy this day is here in the same way that I'm happy when opening day arrives in any sport. At some point, you want some games instead of just previews and predictions. I imagine that the political press feels the same way we do after training camp. If training camp were 18 months long.
  4. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    It's odd how much Santorum plays up the fact that he homeschooled his children. That's a real badge of honor, I take it, among the base.

    I have always kind of bought into the stereotype of homeschooled kids as socially inept and ill-equipped for the world. I'm a big supporter of public education, so I have a dog in the fight. The other day, though, I met my wife's second cousins, both homeschooled (their mom went to Northwestern, so she's no sheltered shut-in fundie). The girl is 20 and a senior at a college in Manhattan that she says is located in the Empire State Bulding (can't recall the name). She carries herself like she's 30. The boy is 16 or 17 and looking at small, conservative colleges right now where he can play baseball. He's 16 going on 26.

    Anyway, that's a digression, and I'm still not a huge fan of homeschooling. But it's always odd when your world gets thrown for a loop a little bit.

    Back to Iowa.
  5. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    The idea that a smattering of ideologically skewed Iowans can play such a large role in selecting or eliminating a presidential candidate is disturbing. Gail Collins made the point last week that these clowns should be ignored:


    Of course, the reality is that it's an important part of the media echo chamber, so it takes on a life of its own.
  6. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    I love the fact that the campaigns seem to be spinning out of control, with the lesser candidates (i.e., everyone but Willard) hurling insults and accusations at each other.

    Their true colors, exposed.
  7. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    We'll all have the people of Iowa to thank for Rick Santorum and Ron Paul living to fight another day...

    I think the people in Iowa get off on giving life to candidates that are being ignored by the majority of the rest of the country. They did that for Huckabee in 2008. Steve Forbes and Pat Buchanan have done well there in the past. I think Pat Robertson finished ahead of Bush I in 1988.
  8. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Too late. GOP=Tea Party=Gridlocked Congress for this election cycle. The grown-ups in the party should have stood up to these idiots instead of pandering to them.
  9. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    The only thing more overblown than the Iowa Caucus is the quarterback for the Denver Broncos.
  10. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I will never understand why they do it in this order. It would seem to make much more sense to have the first three primaries be in states that year in and year out need to be carried to win an election. States like Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania...
  11. ^^^^ This...

    Since 1976, only two candidates who won the Iowa Caucus for their parties ever became the President of the United States.
  12. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Break it up into four regions of the country and have one region on the second Tuesday in January, February, March and April and switch up the rotation every four years.

    This thing is silly.
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