Walter Winchell cut his political teeth on the likes of FDR, Hitler, WWII and Josephine Baker. Bosses and conservatives alike told him to stay the hell out of politics and writing political articles. Pointedly, frankly he was told (and threatened): stick to Hollywood and gossip—that is your forte, your bread and butter. Winchell the man, the poet had his own ideas. He was a poet really who put pen to paper and poetry to politics. He was misunderstood, ahead of his time. Heloise gets much of that too. But what do they know? She will keep her own counsel and keep on writing and spewing nonsense on politics like it or not. And here’s what she has to say today:
It’s finally here people, the Iowa Caucus and the day we have been writing about for sometime. Caucus countdown goes something like this on January 3: The Democratic part of the caucus does not begin until 6:30 p.m. CST. It is an intricate affair, subject to more parameters and many more rules by which the caucus goers must abide. Here's the official Web site. Since the caucus does not begin until the evening (when it's colder outside so only the most dedicated will venture out) results will not be known until some hours later, 'round midnight.
(A) poll asked Iowa Democrats which candidates they would vote for if the 2008 Democratic caucus were held today. The top three candidates were Sen. John Edwards at 22 percent, Democratic U.S. Sen. Barack Obama at 22 percent and Vilsack at 12 percent. U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton of New York came in fourth at 10 percent. KCCI political analyst Dennis Goldford said that Edwards left himself well-positioned from the caucuses.
"Barack Obama is the rock star of the moment. What's interesting is Vilsack is ahead of Hillary Clinton in Iowa," he said.
The rules governing the GOP caucus goers and the Democratic caucus goers differ. The Dems must actually testify to their candidate. They talk among themselves (or caucus) then they must give a little speech in order to get their candidate in play. They vote. If their candidate, proves not viable, i.e., fails to make the 15% cut (or higher), then they are able to regroup and vote for another who is more viable. The GOP goers are under no such duress. They just have a secret vote and go home. That is why it is not called a straight-out primary like the upcoming New Hampshire primary. This small state will host the first real primary. Then there is February 5th AKA super-duper Tuesday. Thus many people are sitting Iowa out. But conventional wisdom and history tell us this would be a sagacious move.