Understanding Iowa, Underestimating Iowa

A buddy of mine asked for an explaination of how the Iowa caucus worked, which prompted two URLs: a long boring document, and an insightful explanation from Time Magazine. Clicking arround Time somemore, I noticed another Iowa article, which got my attention quickly with this quote from Dean (circa 1999)…

If you look at the caucuses system, they are dominated by the special interests in both parties, [and] the special interests don’t represent the centrist tendencies of the American people,

I can’t stand there and listen to everyone else’s opinion for eight hours about how to fix the world.

The article goes on to have some pretty interesting comments about how much the media overestimates the importance of the results in Iowa, and some candiates seem to be underestimating it.

3 Responses to “Understanding Iowa, Underestimating Iowa”

  1. Robert Tinker Says:

    You must be kidding about the Time Article, right? How insulting to Americans and the democratic process. Nerdfest? Time is so unreadable.

  2. hossman Says:

    I assume you are refering to the first link, by Joel Stein? … I never called it an “article” it’s most definitely an “Editorial” — but I stand behind calling it “insightful”,

    He may be crass, but I think he’s making some legitimate (and ammusing) comments about the state of political process in Iowa, which isn’t that much more complicated then the process anywhere else.

    What I find most important is how obscure “The Process” is … how America has reached the point where the masses don’t understand “The Process”. “The Process” has become a bigger news item then “The issues”.

  3. Scott Forbes Says:

    That “…” in the middle of the Dean quote had some important information in it. NBC journalist Lisa Myers altered the original videotape, and removed Dean’s “the average Iowa voter might say to himself” prefix from the “I can’t stand there and listen for eight hours” quote.

    See http://blog.deanforamerica.com/archives/003038.html for the full transcript, and see http://www.dailyhowler.com/h051298_1.shtml for another tape-doctoring incident by Myers.

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