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The Iowa Caucuses Represent the Best and Worst of U.S. Politics

Caucusgoers arrive on February 3, 2020, in Carpenter, Iowa. Photo: Steve Pope/Getty Images

AsAs I tried to explain the Iowa caucuses to my nine-year-old daughter, it occurred to me that I was never going to be able to articulate something so fundamentally bizarre. It’s democracy, but with names being pulled out of hats and coin tosses?