A Circus can be a nice event. Especially the clowns. That big circus playing in Iowa right now may not have wild animals, trapeze artists, or a guy being blown out of a canon, but boy, does it have clowns.
Some clowns are funny, some are sad. The contingent of Iowa clowns are just plain pathetic. And sad.
Sad for what they portray about American in the second decade of the 21st century: The leaders of one of two political parties that govern 300 million people are so totally partisan and concerned only with their own power, that destroying this country is an acceptable means to their end. In part due to hunger for power, in part due to racism, in part due to religious fanaticism, and in part due to plain stupidity, they gloat at their part in reversing the trend of economic recovery, they rejoice at the near economic collapse they fought so hard to bring about, and they continue to ridicule the ideas put forth by those in power despite having formulated those very same proposals over many decades past.
Four specific elements stick out, and make me gag:
1. Michele Bachmann rejoicing in her stupid utterances that she was right in opposing the raising of the debt ceiling;
2. Former and likely future candidate and current commentator Mike Huckabee playing dancing bear to current candidates;
3. Members of the press falling over each other to kiss the non-candidate opportunist ass of Sarah Palin, as she waltzes into the circus tent for yet another photo opp; and
4. The genuflecting to the impending candidacy of Rick Perry, a slightly smarter but disgustingly more fanatical version of the last republican governor to become President.
But maybe I should not joke about this, as the Iowa Caucus is such an accurate predictor in determining eventual Presidential candidates. After all, the list of previous winners include such names as President Mike Huckabee, President Tom Harkin, and President Dick Gephardt.