Iowa Republicans came together last night in schools, courthouses, and cornfields to decide which brand of crazy they will put up against President Obama in November. And the results were crazy-close.
The G.O.P.’s pro-corporate crazy candidate beat out its Christian-right crazy candidate by a mere eight votes, representing the highest level of indecision by Iowa Republicans to date between religious interference and corporate control.
Yet anti-government crazy finished a respectable third, reflecting the desire by many in the G.O.P. to return to a more utopian time before oppressive regulations discouraged companies from spilling oil into waterways and denying lunch-counter service to black people.
“… representing the highest level of indecision by Iowa Republicans to date between religious interference and corporate control.”
The race moves to New Hampshire next where anti-government crazy has traditionally performed well, but corporate-subservience crazy may yet win the day. Religious-right crazy is not expected to finish strong in the Granite State, but is likely to rebound in South Carolina, when religious zealotry, corporate domination, and anti-government extremism will compete once again for the hearts of Republican voters.