At Americanthinker.com, a writer explains the Iowa caucus system to Europeans and gets this reaction.
The reaction: so a small state in the middle of the country that represents about 1% of the population can eliminate half or more of the field of candidates running for office. And they can do that by having a hundred thousand plus people herded by the various candidates show up at a numerous caucus sites and claim to be or can become a registered member of the Party on the spot and verbally or otherwise indicate their preference for a candidate.
That initiated the next question. So these 100,000+ people out of the 312 million people in America become the determining factor if someone running for president can stay in the field? I had to simply say, yes, because in order to stay in the race one has to raise money and if they do not have a good showing in Iowa that becomes extraordinarily difficult.
Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/01/explaining_the_iowa_caucuses_to_europeans.html#ixzz1iCvQb6F7
Exactly. Why have we given Iowans so much power in our elections? What did they do or who are they to get this privilege?
At its best it is a practice session for campaigns. The media has weighed too much significance on it. And after Tuesday, they will move on to the next big thing.