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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 09:59 AM
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Observations from 20 Years of Iowa Life
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/12/cli... /

IOWA CITY -- On January 3, Iowans will trudge through snow, sleet, sludge, ice, gale-force blizzards -- whatever it takes -- to join their neighbors that evening in 1,784 living rooms, community halls, recreation centers, and public-school gymnasiums in a kind of bygone-era town-hall meeting at which they'll eat and debate, and then vote for presidential candidates along party lines. Chat 'n' Chews, they are called.

These Iowa Caucuses create a seismic shift in the presidential nominating contests. Obama catapulted to the top of the Democrats' dance card when he captured 38 percent of Iowa voters in 2008, and then swept to victory at the Democratic Convention eight months later. Without such a strong initial showing in Iowa, Obama might not have been able to steamroll through subsequent state primaries to win the presidency.

Since Obama is the presumed Democratic candidate in 2012, this year it's the Republican candidates who have trained their attentions on the state these brisk, late-autumn days. They're falling over each other in front of grain elevators and cornfields, over biscuits and gravy in breakfast cafes, and at potluck dinners (casseroles are the thing to bring), glad-handing and backslapping as many Iowa voters they can. Great photo ops, you know. Hoisting a baby in the air is good politics. So's gulping down a brat (short for bratwurst).

Considering the state's enormous political significance, I thought this would be a good time to explain to the geographically challenged a little about Iowa, including where Iowa is, and perhaps more importantly, in both a real and metaphysical way, what Iowa is.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 10:46 AM
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1. As an export from Iowa, that was a good read
Thanks for posting.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 10:55 AM
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2. I thought it was interesting, too.
My whole family hails from Iowa - Burlington, Mt. Pleasant & Fairfield.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 11:26 AM
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3. I grew up in Northwest Iowa near Storm Lake
Where the asshole King is from.

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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 11:41 AM
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4. oy. sorry.
i was raised in peoria -- if it makes you feel any better.
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 11:55 AM
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5. Interesting article but it made me (born NW IA - Ocheyedan area)
wonder why we use this state as a model for US voters? They are not normal at all.
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