Who cares what Iowans think?

As Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses near, more and more people are grumbling about the oversize role the state plays in picking presidential candidates. “The entire country is essentially coming to a halt to watch what 120,000 idiosyncratic voters in an idiosyncratic state do,” columnist Matt Miller complained. “This is like letting a single small city play a pivotal role in the selection of our next president.” It’s not just the puny size of Iowa’s electorate that bothers Miller. “The far-right tilt of this band of atypical Americans forces Republican candidates to disavow ideas that might make them attractive leaders to the rest of us,” he said.