Sunday, January 31, 2016

Four years.

That timeframe is what we have to wait from one Leap Year to the next. It is also the magic number between each edition of the Winter and Summer Olympics. In the U.S., it’s how often we hold presidential elections.

Thanks to the latter, my fair state of Iowa has enjoyed the national spotlight – at least the national political spotlight - for the weeks leading up to the Feb. 1 Iowa Caucuses. When an incumbent is running, the focus isn't as intense because only one party has to determine who its candidate will be. Media attention has been high as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton currently hold slim leads.

Yet which candidate from what party is leading in the polls in the run-up to the Caucuses is losing center stage to none other than Mother Nature. She could throw a wrinkle into this year’s Caucuses because the forecast is calling for about a foot of snow across much of the state.

I tuned in to CNN today to catch pre-Caucus coverage, and low and behold, there was the weather forecast among the poll numbers.

No matter what the weather situation, one outcome is always the same. After wrapping up the results of the Iowa Caucuses on Tuesday, the media will move on to New Hampshire. That's just fine. We here in Iowa will see you again in four years.


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