US Politics

Marion McKeone: No business like snow business as US election primaries drift into rural Iowa

The vast US state plays an outsized role in US politics and it can feel like Groundhog Day on the campaign trail

George W. Bush stands by a metal moose sculpture while attending a community reception in Davenport, Iowa, during his presidential campaign tour in 2000. Picture: Getty

Every four years, sometime around the end of December, a feeling of dread, a sort of anticipatory PTSD starts to percolate with the knowledge that primary season is about to kick off in earnest.

The Groundhog Day of presidential politics– otherwise known as the Iowa Caucuses looms, with New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina hot on its heels.

Primary season brings the promise of bedbugs and rubber chicken, of frostbite and eighteen-hour days of unrelenting ...