What [the Iowa Caucus] does is give the whip hand to the moneyed political professionals, to the full‐time party hacks and manipulators, to the shady pollsters and the cynical media boosters, and to the supporters of fringe and crackpot candidates… It is an absolutely terrible way in which to select candidates for the presidency, and it makes the United States look and feel like a banana republic both at home and overseas.

Christopher Hitchens