Big Day in Iowa

January 03, 2008

I am heading up to Iowa today to observe some of the caucus fun. Today could have a major impact on which candidates will remain serious contenders. There has been a lot of religious rhetoric in this campaign (sadly the Christian faith has been too politicized), but perhaps the most fitting to recall for today is the odd remark by Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Richardson a few months ago about the debate over primary schedules. Richardson pledged not to participate in any caucus or primary that scheduled its vote prior to Iowa's caucus (ultimately, none did). He invoked God as part of the reason for his decision. Richardson argued:

Iowa, for good reason, for constitutional reasons, for reasons related to the Lord, should be the first caucus and primary.
So apparently the Lord wants Iowa to be first? Who says Republicans are the only ones to inappropriately play the "god card"? His claim was even weirder than trying to find hidden crosses in a Huckabee ad! Surprisingly, Richardson would not be the first to make this mistake. In the movie Fields of Dreams, there is this discussion:
John Kinsella: Is this heaven?
Ray Kinsella: It's Iowa.
John Kinsella: Iowa? I could have sworn this was heaven.
I have been to Iowa a lot and would not confuse it with heaven, but I guess it basically will be that for some of the candidates today. But hopefully they will not invoke God to justify their campaigns.