Culture

Iowa is Like the Magic 8 Ball of Politics

Culture

Iowa is Like the Magic 8 Ball of Politics

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Fascinating to those of us who are not American-bred, the United States is a country where everything is planned in advance and tested more than once, and the subject of presidential candidates is no exception. It should not come as a surprise then, that at the start of 2012 Americans were met the first caucus for 6 November elections, which takes place in Iowa — the state that once prophesied George W. Bush’s and Barack Obama’s reign, and is expected to involve at least 120,000 participants. Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, and Mitt Romney compete for the borders of sanity and presidential elections alike.

With Herman Cain out of the picture, Ron Paul, the Texan Libertarian-turned-Republican who looks exactly like your childhood friend’s grandfather is one of the more interesting candidates and developed himself a solid following — probably since you do not see an anti-war, Federal Reserve-detesting Republican who strongly dislikes the Department of Homeland Security everyday. Somewhere along the line, Paul somehow managed to find a seat among the young liberals; his insistence on pro-life policies and prior homophobic comments long-forgotten. It’s vote-time in Iowa, and, not to our surprise, Ron Paul is expected to do pretty well in the first caucus; but like we said, it’s a Magic 8 Ball.