Alex Massie

The Iowans Have It (Alas)

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No more than 10% of Iowans registered as either Republicans or Democrats are likely to turn out for Thursday's caucuses. So The American Spectator's Philip Klein is quite right to call foul:

DES MOINES -- 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.

If Iowans are to retain their privileged position* at the front end of the Presidential primary and caucus process, would it be too much to actually ask them to, like, vote?

*A position of course that has real policy consequences: if Iowa weren't the first state to vote every four years we would be much, much less likely to hear politicians make fools of themselves by pledging, in what has become a sacred American political ritual, their fealty to the state's lucrative but ludicrous ethanol boondoggle.

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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