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”They’re dirty man…they don’t even try to hide it.’’
The Iowa Caucus was supposed to be the giddy launch of the campaign season last week but was instead transformed into a throbbing open wound. Incompetence was on display and candidates are both mystified and angered over what a fiasco the whole affair became. Surprisingly we get a field report from Rolling Stone Magazine, of all sources, that actually gives a straight-forward detail of things on the ground.
Matt Taibbi is a writer who you need to regard with skepticism. Over the years he had displayed a willingness to transform his stances based on the popular electorate of the time. Once regarded as an outlier as a conservative journalist he turned to a more conventional anti-GOP writer during the Obama years, and now seems to have drifted back across the right-of-center line these days. Yet Taibbi gives an account of things in Iowa that feels less partisan and does something that few other journalists have done — give a sober assessment of the proceedings.