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Someone should care, maybe not you....

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40+ year old former teacher, linguist, interrogator, soldier, and lastly convict. We all do stupid things every once and awhile. I am an economic conservative and a firm believer in civil rights. Starting a new life now and frankly not sure what I am going to be doing.

04 January 2008

Iowa is done

And I am sure that everyone who lives in the state is giving a huge sigh of relief and are going to enjoy not having computers call them every night with an "Important message from (insert candidate here)"
And what have we learned? Not much. Except that the media in its usual frenzy is declaring people doomed in a national election because they didn't do well in Iowa. Iowa. Good Lord folks what is with this nonsense. Why on earth are we allowing Iowa and New Hampshire to decide who gets to be President of the United States? "Analysts" are saying that Guilinai is doomed because he hasn't worked hard in either of those states preferring to concentrate on larger states that come later. This morning on NPR, Edwards was asked where he would have to place in New Hampshire to continue running. Two Dems, Biden and Dodd, withdrew after doing poorly (really poorly) in Iowa. There are 50 states, what the hell is the big deal about these first two tiny little states? Especially if you consider how weirdly Iowa runs it's caucus on the Democratic side. It is an exercise in Peer pressure and Intimidation. Actually I have to kind of admire the way they pull it off. No secret ballots here. Go stand there and if enough people don't stand with you you have to move to another candidates spot. And impressive exercise in social dynamics.)

I can see why the parties might like this early winnowing for the field, it keeps the conventions from being contested and enables them to be pep rallies instead of a political battleground like they used to be. But why the press? The media would get so much more coverage and stories and people tuning in if there were a contested convention where someone didn't win in the first ballot. That would be High Drama. It is almost evidence that those conspiracy folks who say the media is controlled by the parties are right. (Or is it the other way around?)

It just boggles me. While I really don't much care for Guiliani as a candidate I actually hope he does really well in Florida and the later states where he has been concentrating, Richardson in the western states, and they put a stake in the heart of this particular phenomena. Unfortunately I rather suspect that if the press keeps going on about how he is out of it and how it is between Romney, Huckabee,and McCain (he's back) on one side and Clinton vs Obama (with Edawards scampering along)on the other, the American sheep will just fall right into line and vote accordingly.

Baaaaa baaaa....

On a lighter note I have come up with yet another fantastic (IMO) food combo. Ginger snaps (or to be more specific in this case Sweetzel's Spiced Wafers) and Cranberry sauce. (whole berry preferred over jelled) Just take a cookie, and put a spoonful of cranberry sauce on it and enjoy. The flavors mix marvelously. I could eat my way to obesity on these......


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, is a 9-point lead in Iowa better than a 2-point lead in New Hampshire?

6:27 PM  
Blogger exMI said...

Not at all. And just as a sign of further foolishness, talking heads are saying Romney is doomed if he doesn't win in Michigan. At this time Romney leads in the Republican delegate count.

7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The talking heads are pretty amusing this time. Clinton splits NH with Obama pretty much evenly, and it's hailed as a great victory and a huge comeback. Of course, the only thing she was coming back from was all the articles from pundits declaring her candidacy dead after one caucus in one state.

I think we need a Federal law that sets one date for all primary elections in all states. It's just gotten out of hand.

9:04 AM  
Blogger exMI said...

Instead of one date I think they should go in order that the state joined the union. Then next electioon go in reverse order.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Dont you get tired of all the pre game election drama. Its almost as if they think if they say it enough times in front of a camera it will make it true.

On a lighter note...you now have me hungry for cranberry sauce. Damn you exmi!

3:01 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

I could care less what the media say. They're idiots anyways. Chances are, I'll write in Ron Paul because he won't have a chance of being nominated.

Good rant. When the zombie plague starts, none of these talking heads will be allowed in my compound. Nor any member of the media. Or was that redundant?

11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You wouldn't let any of them in? Not even Hillary? Not even if she cries to prove she's not a zombie robot?

9:19 AM  

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