I recall a puzzling poem that we were asked to read in one of my college English courses. After all of the years between, I still have no idea what the writer, William Carlos Williams was attempting to say:
The Red Wheelbarrow
so much depends
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white
Yes, of course it does. But who besides Mr. Williams cares?
Which brings me to that over-rated event this evening in the state of Iowa. The caucuses. Actually I thought that the Caucuses were in Asia, but with global warming in full swing, they may have slid westward.
For the past x-number of weeks, all of the political pundits have been centered in that odd state on the edge of the Great Plains. Three million people, 91% white. Interestingly, although the state is named after an Indian tribe, only 4/10 of 1% of its citizens are Native Americans. [link] The whitest state west of the Mississippi. So how could the voters of Iowa be a key indicator of the political mood of the nation?
So much depends…
And they are a very Christian lot. Evangelical too boot. Church attendance in Iowa rivals that of the Bible Belt in the South.
There is no city in Iowa even close to a million; the top 3 cities do not add up to a half-million people.
It is estimated that perhaps 140,000 Iowans will participate in the caucus process this evening. That’s 4.7% of the population of the state.
Extending the mathematics a bit further, when the polls show that the top candidate at 23%, this number represents only 32,000 people [if a record 140k show up]. Thirty-two thousand people.
That’s about how many people showed up in Port Clinton, Ohio to watch the Walleye drop on New Year’s Eve.
so much depends…