Herb Strentz was dean of the Drake School of Journalism from 1975 to 1988 and professor there until retirement in 2004. He was executive secretary of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council from its founding in 1976 to 2000.
Worse things could befall Iowa and the nation than the Iowa caucus losing its “first-in-the-nation” status in presidential election years.
For example, it might be worse if the state kept that status and was viewed as a bellwether in the 2024 election.
Let’s face it. Iowa has little left of the virtues that had the state press routinely boasting about Iowa being “the center of the political universe” when it came to January and February every four years.
For an art-becomes-life perspective, consider a 1947 movie that kind of foretold the story of the Iowa caucuses.Continue Reading...