In Flyover Country: Did 2008 mark the beginning of the end of the Iowa caucuses?
Excerpted from this post at In Flyover Country
The Associated Press has a story out today with a number of Iowa Republican opnion leaders quoted as wondering if 2008 might have killed the Iowa caucuses. They point to the large influx of evangelicals that infiltrated the caucuses - some estimates have it over 60 percent - and whether "moderates" will even bother competing here again. The Iowa caucuses need moderates in order to survive. If it is just a bunch of candidates vying for the votes of evangelical voters in a rural, white state, then the merit of the caucuses is significantly diminished. You cannot simply beat out other so-called "social conservatives" and expect to claim victory.