Have you ever wondered why Iowa has such a strong influence on our presidential politics? I don’t know the history of it but I do know that Iowa holds an undeserved influence. Check out this great column:
The gist of it is that Iowa does not represent the country, demographically speaking, even a little bit. It’s whiter and it’s older and it’s much more religious than the country as a whole. Consequently, Iowa consistently picks extreme candidates who do not win the presidency. And yet, every four years, presidential candidates bow down to those ethanol loving folks from Iowa.
Seems kinda silly, doesn’t it? Maybe it’s time for some other states to get the chance to influence presidential politics. Iowa and New Hampshire have had their turns.
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