Let's get real, the Iowa Caucus vote is not really all that important, unless you happen to be a news pundit/reporter/columnist or social conservative-would be kingmaker, looking to hang onto your job and justify your existence in 2012.
It's basically another form of peripheral bullshit that passes for news in the 21st century. The media has to report and inflate every single thing that can be considered a news story, given the concentration on the bottom line to make news profitable for the corporations that now own all communications in the USA.
The kingmakers, well they just have to figure out how to stay in front of the cameras to get out their bigoted message to the sheeple.
The only thing that is really going to happen in Iowa this week is that after the vote, there will be fewer helmet haired riders in the GOP clown car fighting for the driver's seat.
Nobody fighting for position in Iowa stands a snowball's chance in hell of winning the nomination let alone the presidency come November. Mitt Romney may come away with the GOP nomination, but it won't be because his party likes him. They think he is the one white man who can win, and that is very bigoted of them
Unemployment is dropping, albeit slowly. The economy is strengthening. Other factors are working their way into the positive. People are making money, working and spending again. Based on what we've seen so far, Obama is a lock for a second term.
Iowa would matter if it were more reflective of America....not Norman Rockwell America of yesterday...but of America, today. It's not. Iowa is richer, more educated, older and whiter than nearly every other state in the union.
That works out to tea party country and most Americans still don't drink tea, at least not the kind served up by those social conservatives who dominate the landscape in the corn fields of Iowa.
If you look at Iowa, the people, there don't believe in the separation of church and state, public education, global warming. Nor do they believe that women, gays and lesbians, as well as other minorities, deserve first class citizenship, civil rights and adequate health care. They also don't support the christian concepts of being thy brother's keeper or of looking out for the poor.
Iowa will choose the new driver of the clown car, but will he be able to stay in the driver's seat thru New Hampshire and beyond?
Will it matter? I think not.