Eight lessons the Iowa caucuses taught us

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s 8-vote victory over former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum in the 2012 Iowa caucuses is only a few hours old — and already is one of the legendary results in the history of presidential politics.

The main lesson of the night was that every vote does indeed count and that the makers of “Swing Vote” — that horrific Kevin Costner movie — were smarter than we all gave them credit ... Full Story »

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Jack Dinkmeyer
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by Jack Dinkmeyer - Jan. 5, 2012

Good analysis offering opinions, information, facts, and explanations laced with tongue-in-cheek side comments. Although I assiduously avoided the debates, comments and news about Republican “presidential candidates”, the outcome of this caucus was too juicy to miss.

Although Romney was declared victor, the results tell a different story: a statistical three-way tie from three splintered equal universes. Romney represents corporatism. Santorum, the evangelists. And Ron Paul, deeply radical conservatives. Profound divisions which bode ill for Republicans as a unified party. The upshot? Despite all the lofty rhetoric, my conservative friends (yes, I actually have a few) think right wingers have no chance of capturing the White House this year and are focusing on holding the House and taking over the Senate. That two of three majority would give them a real shot at the presidency in 2016.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s 8-vote victory over former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum in the 2012 Iowa caucuses is only a few hours old–and already is one of the legendary results in the history of presidential politics.

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