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Iowa Caucuses and the 2024 Presidential Campaign

As expected, the Democratic National Committee (DNC)—with a not-so-subtle nudge from President Joe Biden—voted today to strip Iowa of its traditional first-in-the-nation vote for White House hopefuls.

To quote actor Clark Gable in the movie Gone with the Wind, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

Iowa enjoyed our traditional caucus gatherings long before the major political parties took notice five decades ago.  The national media soon followed the presidential wannabes through the state’s corn fields and small town coffee shops as both politicos and reporters tried to gauge the sentiment of American voters. 

In recent years, the DNC has heard complaints from a variety of racial and progressive voices complaining that our small Midwestern state of mostly older white voters didn’t reflect the greater diversity of the rest of America.

I couldn’t care less. 

There is no doubt that the Democrats are still upset about the technological debacle they themselves caused in 2020 when the DNC forced Iowa to use a flawed digital cellphone app to report voting results.

Iowa’s GOP, meanwhile, had no such problem.  And the state’s Republican Chair is suggesting that both Iowa Republicans and Democrats reschedule the caucuses to the fall of 2023.

No change is necessary in our system.

Let the Democrats leave Iowa if they wish.  As we say here, “Don’t let the screen door hit you in the butt on the way out.”

Republican presidential aspirants will continue to come to Iowa, and I suspect the media will, too.  Especially since the presidential drama of 2024 will be about who will be the GOP nominee against President Biden—if he chooses to run for reelection.

Let’s keep the Iowa caucuses as they are.  Ignore the national media frensy about the potential presidential candidates.  We will do our thing as usual, and it will be nice to have a peaceful political debate in the winter without a lot of out-of-state buttinskies.

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