Flipping pancakes, judging cattle, husking corn.
Each year, Americans in forty-nine states wonder, “Why is the first (and arguably most heavily scrutinized) political contest of the presidential year in Iowa?”
Folks in the Hawkeye State don't wonder. They know.
Located near the middle of the country, Iowa is more than simply a convenient metaphor for middle-class America. Every four years, Iowans drag prospective presidential hopefuls out of the expensive Italian suits and $10,000 per plate “dinners” of high-minded society and put them into something more comfortable: a pair of jeans and a bucket of corn-on-the-cob.
Iowa gives America the chance to see a side of their candidates that money (literally) can't buy: character, warmth, authenticity and down-to-earth American goodness. In a political season where billions (!) of dollars will be passed around hands, Iowa cages the process and reminds deep-pocketed politicians that the presidency is about the people (,stupid).Continue Reading...