Am I the only one who thinks Iowa plays too great a role in determining nominees? I understand the winner in Iowa doesn’t always win the big prize (see Huck 2008) but it’s understood you need a very strong presence and result. But in the tech and instant-news era, haven’t we moved on from having states like Iowa and New Hampshire determine in large part who represents the parties?

Call me nuts, but the idea what Iowans “expect face time” rubs me the wrong way.