America Idol and Iowa

A reader writes:

The Iowa caucus reminded me of America Idol.  Just like in the TV show, regardless of what the judges say, it's the public who gets to decide. Who knows: maybe over the past six years or so Simon Cowell, Ryan Seacrest and company have been spreading democratic impulses into the national psyche, which have now come to fruition.

Or maybe when voters look at the pundit class, they see Simon, Randy and Paula. And when they look to a represtentative for America, they find a young, racially ambiguous super-talent. I'm surprised we haven't yet seen a column on the Jordin Sparks-Barack Obama parallels.