We've posted a lot about the Republican presidential nominating contest of late, but lest we forget the Democrats, Iowa is getting pretty interesting for them too.
The latest poll out of Iowa has Obama leading Hillary by 30% to 26%, with Edwards trailing not too far behind. Are the "anybody but Hillary" voters switching from Edwards to Obama? Perhaps.
Or perhaps nothing much is happening.
The Iowa polls are notoriously fickle because the percentage of voters who actually turn out for caucuses is so small. Still, it's been pretty close in Iowa the past few months, with the only real trend being Edwards' gradual slide. We think Hillary will get her people out and win by a small margin, but even a loss to Obama--as long as it's close--won't be fatal if she wins New Hampshire.
Now, here's a study that shows why all those Democratic men have so much trouble beating Hillary in the debates: it turns out that the mental performance of men drops in the presence of blonde women (even fake blondes). It's not that they're distracted by all that pretty hair. The researchers (men, of course) concluded that the men dumbed down around blondes to "mimic the unconscious stereotype" of the the dumb blonde.
Talk about dumb research!