Karl Rove was just on XM Radio’s POTUS ’08 channel, and he mentioned that fewer people vote in the Iowa Caucus than vote in Wichita, Kansas. He also mentioned that fewer people vote in the Iowa Caucus than vote here in Dakota County, Minnesota. (Of course, he had to mention that nobody knows where Dakota County is…)
Ultimately, he’s right, slams to this county aside. Iowa doesn’t represent a particularly valid cross-section of voters on either side. If you’re part of the Romney or Clinton campaigns, that’s at least some comfort. Iowa’s important because it’s the first real vote, but even then it doesn’t matter all that much in the grand scheme of things. A good campaign can lose Iowa and still win nationally. Even though Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney lost the expectations game, there are plenty of other states in which to mount a comeback. Romney has fewer options on the Republican side than does Clinton, but even he’s not dead yet.