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  •  The standard justifications (0+ / 0-)

    Are Iowa's (and New Hampshire's) good-government cultures, small size, and/or high civic participation measures.  So they're theoretically places that will care about retail politicking and small-scale organization.  I'm not saying I agree with that, but that's the argument.  And, as others have said, if you consider the big early states to be Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, then it becomes somewhat more representative.

    FWIW, a favorite factoid of mine is that Latham's district in Iowa, despite in no way coming close to resembling the U.S. as a whole, is by far the closest district to the U.S. as a whole in Presidential margins over the last three Presidential elections.  I wonder if that somehow is somehow contingent on the existence of the Iowa caucuses.

    26, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

    by Xenocrypt on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 09:48:29 AM PDT

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    •  "Retail politicking" (0+ / 0-)

      I've always thought that's a pretty lame argument to support (or oppose) a candidate for president, though not necessarily at other levels of government.  Just because someone may be good at handshaking or meeting with small cliques of activists (who are often wildly unrepresentative of the general public) does not make them the best candidate to lead the country.

      As for New Hampshire, nothing against the state, but is no state sales or income tax, with extraordinarily high local property taxes and often sketchy services as results, really "good government?"  If so, then what is bad?

      •  In the sense of (0+ / 0-)

        lacking well-known political corruption, "machine" dominance, and so forth.

        See: http://en.wikipedia.org/...

        (It certainly does not apply to Nevada or South Carolina, but you don't see the same arguments for those.)

        26, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

        by Xenocrypt on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 10:33:32 AM PDT

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