Conservatives and Republican elites in the state are divided over who to support for the GOP nomination, but they almost uniformly express concern over the prospect that Ron Paul and his army of activist supporters may capture the state’s 2012 nominating contest — an outcome many fear would do irreparable harm to the future role of the first-in-the-nation caucuses.
[...] “It would make the caucuses mostly irrelevant if not entirely irrelevant,” said Becky Beach, a longtime Iowa Republican who helped Presidents Bush 41 and Bush 43 here. “It would have a very damaging effect because I don’t think he could be elected president and both Iowa and national Republicans wouldn’t think he represents the will of voters.”
Iowa irrelevant? Really? Tell that to President Huckabee.
Of course, the bigger question Iowans might want to ask themselves is why the fuck they should have a permanent role as our first-in-the-nation caucus? Honestly, how is our democracy served—how do we assure that the nominee represents the will of the majority of voters—by having the presidential election fought out for two years in fucking Iowa?
(Though to be fair, if Washington held the first-in-the-nation caucus, I'd wager there's a pretty fair chance our crazy Republican base might make Paul the frontrunner here too.)