Here’s a story about a presidential election in America.
The sitting president had broad support from his party. Some folks were less than enthusiastic, but his own party stood behind him and there was no challenge from within his party. The other party was outraged, wanted nothing more than to evict him from the White House.
Some of the best folks in the party decided it wasn’t a good year to run, but there were candidates who found the passion to make the race. They found lots of love and enthusiasm, but they went to Iowa and the folks at the caucus filtered them out. They wanted electable.
No, the passionate, soul-stirring candidates were set aside for the cool, maybe bland, seemingly competent guy who was viewed as most electable. He placed his record outside elective office into the debate, cited it as a qualification, and the Iowa caucuses liked that. Okay, he was a little bland, a little stiff, certainly not the guy with whom you would share a beer or two. He was also quite wealthy, maybe a little out of touch, but he was smooth. He lacked the sharp edges, he looked like the most electable candidate, which is why Iowans flocked to him.
Next stop: New Hampshire. It wasn’t even close, because it was close-by, as in the neighboring state. The Iowa winner was from Massachusetts, so New Hampshire was home turf. Sure, there were people who didn’t like him, who looked at his record with disdain, but they were in the other party. Because of the home court advantage, he scored a big win in the New Hampshire primary and that was the end of it. The nomination was a virtual lock.