Skip to comments.She the People: our predictions for Iowa
Posted on 01/02/2012 1:00:21 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Welcome to the Posts new politics and culture blog, She the People: The World as Women See It. Though dedicated to the proposition that politics properly understood encompasses just about everything, I thought wed start with some predictions about Tuesdays caucuses in Iowa, where a bunch of our writers rang in the new year with Republicans.
My own bet is that Rick Santorum will indeed score the surprise of the night, just as he told me he would . Yet even if he wins outright, four years from now in Iowa, I further predict that we in the media will keep right on badgering all candidates who arent leading the pack at that moment with question after question about why they havent wised up and dropped out already. I mean, once is fine, but beyond that, whats the point? Are we hoping theyll burst into tears? Is there nothing else wed like to hear from them? For readers and particularly viewers, these harangues are an utterly uninformative waste of time.
(Case in point? By the time Christiane Amanpour asked Jon Huntsman for the fourth time what the heck he thought he was doing running for president, I might have been shouting a little. Question five was legit: Did you flipflop on climate change? Then, the final query: If Newt Gingrich is the nominee, hint hint, will you support him? A couple of days later, ABC announced Amanpour had been reassigned, and I felt kind of bad, as if I thought maybe her bosses had heard me carrying on.) Yet though this line of questioning has yet to yield a single interesting reply, we seem quite committed to it...
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Melinda Henneberger’s “She the People Blog” for the Washington Post. Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.