Mike Huckabee

What did the Iowa caucuses prove? Not much

What did the Iowa caucuses prove? Not much

Now that out-of-towners aren't hogging the best tables at the Hamburg Inn in Iowa City, the campaign buses no longer clog downtown Des Moines and the lines of voters at the Hillis Elementary School precinct won't be stretching out the door for at least another four years, it's time to assess the significance of the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses.

In two words? Nothing much.

While the breathless commentariat littered across the cable television landscape Monday night would have you believe that the Iowa results were historic, stunning or even unexpected, that wasn't especially true. Prior to Monday, the most recent polls suggested the Republican presidential race was...