Before Jimmy Discovered Iowa

George Will kindly gives a shout out to the first volume of my Age of Reagan books in his column today, specifically some of the narrative about how obscure Jimmy Carter was before he figured out how to exploit the hitherto ignored Iowa caucuses, which discovery has deformed primary election campaigns ever since.

He also notes that Carter had appeared on “What’s My Line?” where no one on the panel recognized him. Though perhaps this is a more a reflection on the ignorance of typical Hollywood celebrities. Whichever, here is that now famous episode (about six minutes long, which reveals that the account in my book is partly mistaken (but I wrote this before the Age of YouTube, so I had no access to an archival broadcast to check and had to go on a written record elsewhere):