Is it just me, or has the holiday week and the attendant decompressing of the media pressure-cooker had the result in decreasing the level of fevered campaign speculation even as Iowa Draws Near? I'm not sure I fully appreciated exactly how sick I was of the primary season until I had the opportunity to take a brief time out from primary related arguments -- it's like the lifting of an enormous annoying burden. But the reprieve's over, I suppose, as there's now just one week left before the votes are cast and the press chooses an arbitrary post-Iowa narrative on which to seize (my guess is that however many votes/delegates/whatever John McCain gets will be deemed above expectations, thus feeding the looming surge in New Hampshire).

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