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Why NOT Iowa

Posted Saturday, January 5, 2008, at 9:41 AM

The seemingly endless presidential campaign season is in high gear. Some of you may live for this stuff. Some of you will be very cranky by the time the November election cycle rolls around.

Personally, I am somewhere in the middle. The entire process is interesting to watch but I do get a bit feed up with it as well.

However, I want to come to our neighboring state's defense. Now in all honesty, I know people from Iowa. I have driven through the state but haven't actually spent any great length of time there.

But the news media and political pundits this week who keep spouting that the Iowa caucuses are not representative of how the country feels or would vote certainly don't know anything.

Why isn't Iowa representative of America? They have industry and agriculture. They are urban and rural. They have school and universities. They have medical facilities. They live through four seasons of weather each year and the challenges that go with that. I would venture a guess but I believe that most residents of Iowa put their pants on one leg at a time - JUST LIKE THE REST OF US!! So, why wouldn't their opinions count?

My comment to those so called "experts" would be - PROVE to me that Iowa isn't representative of the rest of the country. They are as representative of America as the residents of New Hampshire, California, Florida or the Carolinas are.

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