The Iowa caucuses, the first electoral contest of the 2020 presidential election cycle, happen today, so it’s a good time to look at how the contest is shaping up, what we can expect from it—and what, if anything, to hope for.

I take as my starting point that none of the major candidates—from either party—will be a good president.

That ship sailed a while ago. There is no one whose judgment or declared policies on spending, entitlements, free markets, or foreign policy deserves positive support.

But we are not merely making a choice of the lesser evil. Both parties stand at an ideological crossroads, and this election will influence which direction they take. So we might look at the election more in terms of the likely impact different candidates (and ultimate outcomes) will have on the future ideological direction of American politics.

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