Iowa’s caucuses & ‘The Lost Majority’

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, speaks at his caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa last night. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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The 2011 campaign year watched Mitt Romney contending against a revolving list of “Anyone But Mitt” candidates near the top of the polls among Republican voters, with Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and, most, recently, Rick Santorum cresting at one point. It also featured an unprecedented number of nationally televised debates, replete with gaffes, soundbites, occasional policy disagreements and occasional controversial crowd reactions. But what 2011 lacked was actual voting for nominees seeking the Republican presidential nomination in November. Yesterday’s Iowa caucuses marked the first actual test of the candidates appeal to GOP voters. Joining us to help make sense of this morning’s news is JONATHAN AHL, news director for Iowa Public Radio, and SEAN TRENDE, senior elections analyst for RealClearPolitics.com. Sean also has a new book out, “The Lost Majority: Why the Future of Government Is Up for Grabs – and Who Will Take It.” He argues that the fickle and fleeting majorities both parties captured in Capitol Hill in successive recent elections reflect bipartisan failure to connect with the real concerns of most voters.

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