Mitt Romney, as expected, won the GOP straw poll in Iowa Saturday.

But does the win, or anything else in that polls, really mean anything in the long term?

Good question. It may have been more carnival than reality but then politics is often more carnival than substance.

We’re still months away from any real vote in the 2008 campaign season and, until then, all bets are off.

The Iowa Straw Poll, Mostly Barbecue and CarnivalIt was a raucous day of barbecue, country music bands, carnival rides and politicking, including speeches and shoulder-rubbing with eight Republican presidential candidates. [Washington News]

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