The election season's first big skirmish, the Iowa straw poll, launched this weekend. It's an event pundits say sorts viable Republican candidates from the also-rans. We talk with experts about the results. What might they mean for the Republican nomination for the 2012 presidential election?
The Iowa Straw Poll
Bill Whalen, research fellow at the Hoover Institution and former speechwriter for California Governor Pete Wilson
Joe Garafoli, writer for The San Francisco Chronicle covering politics, currently reporting from Iowa
Marjan Philhour, executive director of Bay Area Democrats and president and CEO of The California Group, a political action committee
Mark McKinnon, Republican political strategist, former adviser to President George W. Bush and vice chairman of Public Strategies, Inc.
Byron York, chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner