I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.
Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.
What makes the Iowa Straw poll significant is the extent to which candidates vest resources in it, something that cannot be said for other such straw polls. Bachmann is at the top of the polls in Iowa and won the straw poll. Ron Paul most recently placed a close third in the polls and just barely lost the straw poll. This is a testament to something I noted when this began, Ron Paul's organization and fundraising is starting out from a much better position than the last time around.
Four years ago the campaign didn't know what to do with the large following it had amassed, but now Paul's campaign is putting that grassroots support to work early on and pushing hard. This also did beat expectations in the sense that some were saying a high turnout would be bad for Ron Paul, but now we see that high turnout was not actually that much of a threat because his organization was just able to get that much support.
It is a whole different ball-game this time around. Being able to get that many people turned out for a heavily-contested straw poll suggests Ron Paul is going to be able to rally far more people than he did before when the actual caucus takes place.
"For what is Evil but Good-tortured by its own hunger and thirst?"
- Khalil Gibran