Well, comparing Huckabee’s 1st place finish in 2007 to Pat Robertson’s 2nd place finish in 1988, one would have to conclude that on the whole, Iowans, shall we say, "haven’t progressed a whole lot in 19 years." Big surprise. The bright side is that in the circles in which I travel, nowadays, I’m just as likely to happen upon and converse with a former "evangelical" as I am just about anyone else. It’s always fun to compare notes on what morons we used to be.
I guess Iowa is a breeding grounds, or something. Speaking psychologically, and only for myself, the separatist nature of evangelicalism — at least as a young person — seems to breed a degree of — well deserved and accurate — inferiority sold and wrapped up as superiority (until you realize you’ve been scammed). If that applies in some measure to others as well, it’s easy to understand how that can translate into wanting some authority to shove their religious values down the throats of everyone else — at gunpoint. That’s what the majority of republicans are voting for in Iowa, tonight: to rule your lives by whatever means necessary, including Old Testament means, I assure you very much. Political license is all that separates them from the most radical Islamic nutbars. Think not? Think again. They long for the "last days," every god dammed one of them. That’s when most of you get what’s coming to you in the form of eternal torment and torture. They practically orgasm at the thought; and that’s how evil they are. Then again, I’m sure Huckabee is just really big on ethanol, though I haven’t paid any attention at all.
Very few are willing to pretty much let you go your own way in peace, insisting they pay their own way and you pay yours. Only about 8,500 out of the miserable lot of them, so far.