Iowa, insisting on having the first primary or caucus in the country, likes to think it chooses the parties' nominees (with only the 10 or 15 percent of its eligible voters actually turning out). Four years ago they picked Kerry as their Democratic choice, and all the rest of the states went into thumb-suck mode and said, "Well, OK, let's pick Kerry too." And he went through hell, and lost anyway.
Anything could happen tonight (yeah, the caucuses start at 7 p.m., and too bad if you've got to be at work then, you ain't votin'). The poll numbers are close for Clinton, Edwards and Obama, and they're swirling around like crazy; some polls predict Obama on top, some... well you can figure it out.
But I think a lot of us are fed up with this notion that Iowa sets the tone. I get to pick my prom king or queen next month, and I'm just contrary enough to vote for the candidate I truly like best, even if it's not the one chosen in Iowa.
Except I don't know who I like best.
Never mind what I said, Iowa. You can make my choice tonight.
Oh, right. This is a food blog.
So here is a picture of nutritious Iowa food.
Lucky thing I eat locally. No tasty Cow Chips for me, thanks.