Why Iowa, why Edwards

The LA Times has a handy guide to tonight's political ritual (may it soon be dead), entitled Why Iowa? And what's a caucus, anyway? which answers the basic questions about that state's crazy process that has come to have so much influence.

There's a growing unhappy rumble in the blogosphere about how we select our candidates, and particularly the Iowa/New Hampshire lock on the early (and often critical) decisionmaking.

Judith Gayle at Political Waves notes complaints about the pandering to Iowans by Kos, who, I suspect, will really let loose about it after tonight's caucus is history. Anyway, she asks “Why Iowa?“, and then addresses the attacks on Edwards for being too “angry.”

There are three camps here