Bears no resemblance to anything useful - at this point in the political cycle, there has been no debate or focus on issues. The Straw Poll is merely a chance to flex some organizational muscle (how many votes you can buy, how efficiently; proceeds go to the Iowa GOP). Little more than a party pep rally - "Go Tigers! Beat Central!", accompanied by speeches saying Central's quarterback "throws like a girl" and Central's coach "can't hold his liquor". We remain scoreless.