As someone who grew up in Wisconsin, I have a hard time taking Iowa seriously. Naturally we had lots of Iowa jokes, many of which do not bear repeating but the most memorable involved finding backronyms for Iowa: Idiots Out Wandering Around, I Owe the World an Apology, etc. Of course, this is the narcissism of small differences talking. You would be hard-pressed to tell the area of Iowa closest to my hometown apart. But at least we could comfort ourselves with the fact that we had a once-great football team, a never-great baseball team, cheese curds and beef sticks (on the interstate, not really elsewhere), and, most importantly, cheap, shitty industrial beer, made in Milwaukee! All Iowa had was corn, corn, and more corn and the Iowa Tests.
But once every four years, it forces itself into the national consciousness in a long standing tradition (since 1972, even).
It’s mouseness roars on Jan. 3, 2008.
Soon, someone’s going to take home the Iowa Caucuses Brass Ring (well, one for each party). Sure, the brass ring came out of a bull’s nose several decades back, when they still had bulls on farms rather than the much safer but less… satisfying and profoundly unnatural modern option. And its predictive ability of who wins the nomination is not all that great, but it does have a certain theatrical je ne sais quoi? Remember, Pat Robertson shot to the national consciousness due to his showing in the Iowa Caucuses in 1988 and Howard Dean famously melted down in the Iowa Caucuses of 2004. Some questions:
- Is Huckabee going to win? How can he miss with Chuck Norris’ endorsement?
- Obama set to upset HRC?
- Who’s going to get the hook exit stage right by Iowa?
- Any juicy meltdowns?
Time to make your predictions. (Note: Iowa does have the honor of bringing us a good source of information which you may find useful.)
ObFascism Tag: Iowa is 96% white. If that’s not fascist, I don’t know what is…. 😉