I’m with Governor Branstad: the Ames Straw Poll is uselessness on stilts, and it drags out the primaries for a whole freaking year.
Eyeing the wreckage of the 2011 Ames Straw Poll, which Rep. Michele Bachmann won only to fizzle as a candidate soon after, Mr. Branstad wants to do away with the whole thing.
“I think the straw poll has outlived its usefulness,” Mr. Branstad said of the 33-year-old GOP ritual. “It has been a great fundraiser for the party but I think its days are over.”
End Iowa’s ethanol subsidies and its first-in-the-nation status, while we’re at it: the state has gone for the Democrats three times in the last four election contests, so I suggest that the Iowa GOP find something more useful to do with its time. For example, coming up with a strategy for delivering the state to the Republicans in 2016. That would be spiffy.
PS: [Expletive deleted] “quirky.” Quirky gets in the way of the win and there are no moral principles in this specific case that would justify keeping it anyway. Therefore, quirky must be jettisoned without remorse.