From The Rothenberg Political Report:
“Last week, I canceled my room reservation for the week of the Iowa straw poll. I am not going to Ames.
“With Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman not participating in what is already an event of dubious predictive value, the Ames event became little more than an opportunity to consume large amounts of beef, gossip and alcohol with my fellow journalists.
“Not that I’m at all opposed to beef, gossip and alcohol, whether with my colleagues or even with people I’ve never met. But that wasn’t enough of an incentive to schlep halfway across the country to cover something that is close to being irrelevant.”
For more on why Rothenberg thinks the Ames straw poll is routinely overrated, and especially so this year, read the full piece.