Caucus Office Politics: The Early Winners
I don't even need to tally votes or watch the polls tonight to find out who the winners are for the Iowa Caucuses. I've already identified one Democrat and two Republicans who are winners: Tom Vilsack, Tom Tancredo, and Sam Brownback.
Yes, yes, I know they dropped out already and that they have as much chance of being president as Britney Spears has of becoming the next role model for wholesome living and abstinance.
However, in office politics, sometimes knowing when to drop out of a conflict and walk away can make you a big winner in the end. Too few people know how to lose a battle in order to win a war. I wrote a post a few months ago on effective retreats, and the principle of "win-win or no-deal" holds true in almost any situation. Instead, too many people press ahead only to worsen their case.
Tonight, the official winners will be Huckabee, McCain, and Romney for the Republicans. For the Democrats, Clinton, Edwards, and Obama will impress the caucus-goers. No big surprises there. (The order is really irrelevant - win, place, or show are all rewarded.) However, in the game of office politics, an early departure means that you may get to come back and fight another day.