Iowa…huh?

The following post is by MYRLN, a non-blogger who is Kalilily Time’s guest writer every Monday.
IOWA…HUH?
This won’t be long since it basically consists of a question which has no apparent answer: Did Iowa win a lottery or something making it the most important state in the Union?
It needs to be asked since all media have been focusing our combined attentions on Iowa for what seems like forever, doing polls, interviews, debates — all because of the Iowa caucuses. Now, finally, the caucuses have been held and winners announced (sort of since 2nd and 3rd place finishers are like winners, too), and then…everybody went to New Hampshire. The caucuses amount to nothing more than a sort of public head count, but nothing is really decided. Nobody really knows who the voters of Iowa support since only those who could or bothered to attend a caucus at a specific, limited time and period of the day were counted (approximately a quarter of a million people). Anyone else had no input. And yet, everyone acts as if the State of Iowa decided something important. So again: Did Iowa win some kind of lobby making it the designated determiner of the presidential candidate leaders? Or is Iowa (along with the rest of us) drugged every 4 years into believing its caucuses actually decide something?
So maybe a more important question is this: why does everybody make a big deal out of Iowa, especially since there are another 49 states to go? In a way, it’s a lot like believing in say…well, Santa Claus?
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