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Make the smart bet

August 20, 2011
Dr. David Turner

For the punditry, the Iowa straw poll is written off as a cattle show that means very little. Indeed the exercise in Ames has often seemed the political equivalent of NFL exhibition games, fun but meaningless. In 2007, it picked Mitt Romney, who didn't even bother to compete in 2011. Moreover, the political environment had shifted so far to the right that few "moderate" conservatives bothered to try their hand in the game.



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