The first tie of 2008 is one of the first I ever owned.
A fresh start, with a return to classic values and timeless style and polyester flair. It's the Barack Obama of ties.
Update: Why you shouldn't fret too much about the Iowa hype:
Factoring out those who ran unopposed...
- Since 1972, 4 of 8 Democratic candidates who won in Iowa have gone on to earn their party's nomination.
- Since 1976, 3 of 5 Republican candidates have done the same.
- In 1988, George H.W. Bush was elected president, despite polling third in Iowa, with 19% of the vote. He lost to Bob Dole and Pat Robertson (the raging doofus).
- In 1992, Bill Clinton stormed out of nowhere to win the Democratic nomination and the presidency, despite polling only 3% in the Iowa caucus.
Update II: Gallup looks at the ways the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary have--and haven't--changed voter preferences. (They can't analyze the 1988 example due to a lack of data, and completely whiff on the Clinton anomaly in 1992, since he polled strongly in New Hampshire.)