American Spectator’s Phillip Klein
Every four years, politicians and the media swarm this small Midwestern state and shower its voters with attention and compliments, but very few people have the courage to admit the simple truth: Iowans are largely apathetic about politics, and they don’t deserve the disproportionate influence they have in choosing the leader of the free world. …\
Even though candidates in both parties will have together spent hundreds of days in the state and doled out more than $30 million to are more than 50,000 television advertisements, only one out of ten eligible Iowans is expected to participate in a caucus on Thursday.
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Dixville Notch, N.H.
UPDATE 2:45 p.m.
John Fund of the Wall Street Journal
[T]he Iowa caucuses are far from a Normal Rockwell exercise in small-town democracy. They may not be as bad as the “smoke-filled rooms” of yore, but give me a simple primary election any day. I can’t wait for New Hampshire.
Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch
Beginning the presidential nominating process in Iowa, as will occur this week, “makes no sense,” says Gov. Ted Strickland, who recently campaigned there for Sen. Hillary Clinton.\
“I’d like to see both parties say, ‘We’re going to bring this to an end,’ ” he said. … \
Critics complain that the current system gives a few hundred thousand voters in Iowa and New Hampshire far too much influence. They contend that the skills candidates use to connect with small groups in Iowa and New Hampshire are not necessarily those that a president needs.
— Robert Stacy McCain, assistant national editor, The Washington Times