Let’s talk jobs, not Ames silliness

Jim,
Good post. I know i’ve been quiet posting the last few days, partly I’ve been under the weather and partly didn’t want to give the silliness in Iowa the time of day. I’ll get back on it soon. I think the great majority of Americans don’t pay any attention at all until the actual primaries begin, and then slowly. (And yes, there are millions and millions of Americans who never ever vote in primaries and only in the general election, and they are completely tuned out now). It’s really only the rabid political animals (and people who live in Ames and will take a $30 ticket someone else paid for to get free food) who pay any attention now, which is why the candidates are different than the real ones, and why the results are meaningless. I’ll let Chuck Todd pay attention to these nuts 24/7 for the next few months. When it might start to matter it’ll be worth paying more attention.
The Ames straw poll was this crazy and meaningless well before the internet, though that certainly helps them now.
it’s still possible someone like Huntsman could gain ground if he can get enough money to hang in there till the primaries begin, because he isn’t completely bats__t crazy. Though it’ll be hard for him to overcome having taken an ambassadorship from Obama.
Santorum, Paul, Cain, Gary Johnson, Newt, they don’t have a chance and will be gone after NH if not well before. Bachman at best will be this go rounds Mike Huckabee. So it likely comes down to one of the three plastic men, Mitt, Rick, or Huntsman. Unless Jeb jumps in the race. Or someone else unexpected. Mike Bloomberg? Would be interesting, but I don’t think he wants to take on Obama, and probably has had enough of politics.
See, there I go. I’ve written way more on it than it deserves at this point. All that press time and column space spent on T-Paw in the last three months, and for what?
We need to be talking about jobs, jobs, jobs. We can’t let the Reps keep distracting us with silliness!

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We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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