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On today’s edition of MSNBC’s Morning Joe program, Chris Matthews offered his take on what an Obama win in Iowa would mean — for both the election and the saga of humankind’s importance in the universe. Watch the clip, folks, because his says the following words with complete sincerity:

“The biggest American political story in modern times if Obama wins the Iowa caucuses. It’ll be all over the world, it will sweep the headlines of every newspaper in the world, friend, foe or neutral. It will be the Third World story of the century, the last century, the biggest story of modern Third World history really, if Obama wins the American presidential caucus in Iowa.”

Wow, thanks Chris, I’ve really underestimated the importance of the Iowa caucuses! I’d always considered, like, genocides in Rwanda and Sudan, devastating tsunamis, post-colonial wars, the end of apartheid, AIDS in Africa and some other stuff (general starvation/political oppression etc etc) as the biggest modern Third World stories. STUPID ME, I forgot that the Third World never misses a beat of Iowa caucus coverage while enjoying its morning rape-and-pillage.

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