The Des Moines Register is about to announce its endorsement of a GOP caucus candidate. It will be good for one news cycle of excess verbiage among the political classes, then fade iinto the murk.
The Register has a history of endorsing the left-most candidate who has never been convicted of a serious felony. This year that would seem to be Romney, but everything else is so screwy any guess is dangerous.
The paper is trying to create suspense -- and traffic -- with a poll asking whom you think it will endorse. Ron Paul is the runaway winner. Good enough, although it is apparently a result of Paulistas' intensity rather than an answer to the actual question. The paper didn't ask, and doesn't care, whom it should endorse.