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Norman Bernstein
06-12-2015, 12:11 PM
This hallowed but crusty tradition is no more... another sign of the sea change in American politics:


“The Iowa Straw Poll is dead, leaving a heavier burden on winnowing an oversized GOP presidential field on Iowans who will cast the nation’s first votes in February in the caucuses,” the Des Moines Register (http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2015/06/12/iowa-straw-poll/71116276/) reports.

“The governing board for the Republican Party of Iowa voted unanimously Friday to cancel the straw poll, a milestone on the path to the White House that had passed the strategic tipping point. It was no longer a political risk for presidential campaigns to walk away from the straw poll, and too many of the 2016 contenders had opted to skip it for it to survive.”

RonW
06-12-2015, 12:14 PM
This hallowed but crusty tradition is no more... another sign of the sea change in American politics:

So please do explain, which way are the changes in american politics going ? Do give us insight, oh great political forecaster ..

Norman Bernstein
06-12-2015, 12:27 PM
So please do explain, which way are the changes in american politics going ? Do give us insight, oh great political forecaster ..

The sea change? It's the combined effects of multiple sources: the Citizens United decision, which turned 'one man, one vote', into 'one dollar, one vote'.... the gerrymandering of congressional districts, which was always with us, but has risen to a new art form... the collapse of congressional geniality, as a result of political extremism... the efforts of red states to inhibit legitimate voters from voting, under the false pretense of virtually non-existent identity voter fraud....

All of those things are responsible for the change.

John of Phoenix
06-12-2015, 12:31 PM
“The governing board for the Republican Party of Iowa voted unanimously Friday to cancel the straw poll..."

The only way to counter their rampant voter fraud.

Gerarddm
06-12-2015, 01:31 PM
Since it wasn't very good at predicting the eventual nominee, why bother, except as a way to garner dollars off the rubes.