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We have by now spent so many weeks consumed with the ups and downs of Republican Presidential politics that we are in danger of misgauging its real impact, especially in these early days.
It can be easy to dismiss the Iowa caucuses. Ask “Presidents” Huckabee and Gephardt how winning there worked for them. Winning the Hawkeye State in 2008 and 1988 respectively turned out to be the high point of their campaigns.