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AMES, Iowa -- I have this little theory that has long served me well. Everything, I believe, is politics.
Politics determines whether your children go to school or to jail; whether they eat or starve; whether their futures will improve on your past.
This is why I love politics and don't mind politicians. So it is with no small amount of anticipation that I look forward to the 2012 campaign.
I was reminded of this as I flew into Des Moines this week on my way to a campus visit at Iowa State University, an hour's drive north.