Thursday, January 3, 2008

Iowa caucuses show how little the mainstream media understands politics

The Iowa caucuses have shown us just how unpredictable politics can be, as well as how little the media knows about politics.

At the start of the presidential campaign back in early 2007, there was lots of coverage that stated former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was the obvious frontrunner for the Republicans. Those same pundits said New York Sen. Hillary Clinton was the clear frontrunner for the Democrats.

The voters of Iowa have shown just how pointless it can be to anoint leaders months before an actual election takes place. Giuliani didn't come close to winning Iowa as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney were the choices of Republican voters there.

As for Clinton, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards made her life miserable and showed the race for the Democratic nomination is not a one-horse race.

So, what's the point here? Don't let the media be too big of an influence on how you will vote.

Study the candidates. Take control of your vote.

And don't be sheep that need to be led around by the nose.

1 comment:

Joltin' Django said...

The media, er, "People" magazine says Gov. Michael Dukakis is a stand-up, super-smart guy. Should we vote for him anyway? Please advise ...