When Ed Koch ran for Governor of New York, he gave a famous interview in which he says he found the New York suburbs and Upstate "sterile". The comment defeated him in the race, but he was right. One need look no further than Iowa to prove the point. Iowa, flat, agricultural and homogeneous is hardly representative of America. Iowa is 93% White, 3.8% Latino, 1.5% Asian, 2.3% African American and .3% American Indian. The number of Catholics is 15% beneath the state average. There are few Jews at one percent. Iowans are 23.4% more likely to be obese then the average American, and Iowa teenagers are 8% more likely to smoke than the average of their peers in the other states. Iowa has no major urban centers or cities so urban problems go un-discussed in the Presidential campaign. Iowa does raise corn however, and all the candidates have paid fealty to corn ethanol even though it costs more to produce and ship than a gallon of gasoline. In other words, a bunch of fat, smoking, corn-fed hicks are choosing our next President. The very idea violates my Constitutional Right to equal protection as I am barred from participating in the Presidential selection process just because I don't live in Bumfuck, Iowa. Why should the people of New Hampshire or the rest of the nation listen to the preferences of a bunch of yokels with whom we share US citizenship but not necessarily common problems? Who says Iowa must go first? The Iowans who want to charge triple for a hotel room or New York strip steak or a Rail cocktail? The Iowa Caucuses are big money-makers for these bumpkins. Instead of this ridiculous game where states try to leapfrog in front of each other making the process start earlier and earlier and wreaking havoc with arcane party rules, the answer is to go to a series of rotating Regional Primaries. Every four years the first Regional Primary would rotate to a different region of the country. Delegate distributions would be such that all four primaries would be important to winning nomination. Candidates can campaign more efficiently in, say, the South or the Midwest, and their media expenditures would be more efficient as many television stations are seeing in multiple states. A candidate would still have to barnstorm the region as the primaries should be placed three and a half weeks apart to give voters time to more closely examine the candidates giving dark horses a better chance. Not only is the Iowa Caucus become a pandering absurdity to a bunch of hayseeds but the short intervals between the Caucuses in New Hampshire and South Carolina and South Carolina and Florida are too short and disadvantage all but the most monied front-runners. Neither Jimmy Carter nor Ronald Reagan could have been nominated in such a system. Lastly, Iowa is not representative of the big states that a Republican candidate must carry to win 270 electoral votes. In a series of Regional Primaries, big states like California, Florida, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania would have as much or more influence in the process than the small states, given their dominance within the region based on size. These are the states that elect Presidents. It's time to scrap the Iowa caucuses.