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The good people of Iowa must be insanely relieved to bid goodbye to the media circus that surrounded the Iowa Caucus of 2012. A record total of $12 million was spent, and all for what? So Mitt could win by a whopping 8 votes.
Of course, the caucuses did end poor Michele Bachmann’s candidacy after she garnered a mere 5% of the vote. And they did send good ol’ boy Rick Perry (10%) scurrying back to Texas to re-think the whole endeavor, which, after a quick jog out with his gun, he figured was worth continuing. They also saw a precipitous drop in support for once-frontrunner Newt Gingrich, the target of Mitt’s super PAC- funded nasty ads.
But the net result was, basically, a three-way tie. The GOP in Iowa threw its weight more or less equally behind Mitt, Ron Paul and (of all people) Rick Santorum.
Historically, the Iowa caucuses are a chance for a front-runner to cement his lead — or for a dark-horse candidate to find some momentum and grab a podium on the national stage. Romney did not accomplish the former, and Rick Santorum proved that, well, he’s not Mitt. As for Ron Paul, well, he’s not Mitt, either. But then, we’re not even sure he’s human.
The millions spent on finding momentum in Iowa and the dubious results have us asking: Isn’t there a better way? We at the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking wonder if that 12 million dollars could have been put to better use (a Gingrich Tiffany’s debt relief fund?). Let’s put our heads together and come up with an easier way for the 2012 Republican hopefuls to find the Big Mo’ and give states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina a break.
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