US election race about to get real
Published 03/01/2012 | 10:30
After years of jockeying for position, and with another 10 months to go, the American presidential election race reaches a voting stage -- of sorts -- with the "Iowa caucuses" today.
These events resemble informal gatherings of citizens more than guides to election results.
At their best, they are admirable in that large numbers of people meet and discuss public affairs in a serious and well-informed manner.