The votes are in and Iowans have, yet again, spoken. For the past year, presidential candidates have made Iowa their new home, intent on connecting with us ‘common folk’ who strangely have both the power and privilege to make a difference on charting the future for this country.
Let’s face it, most Midwest states may not have the ‘sexy’ appeal that many other states have, such as ocean views or majestic mountains. When attracting people and businesses to relocate to their ‘paradise,’ or to entice visitors, these states use this natural ‘territorial privilege’ to their advantage.
As in real estate, it’s all about LOCATION. By default, for many states fortunate to have oceans and/or mountains, they are a natural destination. The economic and social value of having this resource for residents and visitors is assuredly real, and for many, priceless. But what can Iowa tout – other than being and having charmingly NICE people?
The Iowa CAUCUS!
Every four years, Iowa serves both an important and unique role in our country. And, an awesome role too, I might add! Yes, we may personally pay a ‘price’ by receiving pesky campaign phone solicitations all hours of the day. The television and radio ads can be particularly irksome, although, in some strange sort of way, entertaining. Did I just say that?
It is also worth noting that Iowa has the best pollster in the business, J. Ann Selzer. Ann magically finds the right methods to make the Iowa Poll (released by the Des Moines Register) the most relevant poll for Iowa and national pundits during this critical time. This past Saturday, I was fascinated by just how anxious/excited the national news organizations (CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS and NBC, among many others) were to learn of Ann’s final poll – just two days before Monday’s caucus.
Regardless of the candidates we have (or have not) chosen in the past or the present, this North Dakota native is proud to call myself – an Iowan!
As we enjoy the caucus ‘wake,’ we need to brace for the turbulent waters ahead. Even though we have no oceans or mountains to tout, Iowans will continue to make a difference on important matters that await our country.
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