It’s January 29, 2016 and time for a belated edition of Friday Yes or No. I ask some questions that are answerable simply. The trick, my friends, is in clever question phrasing, but I probably shouldn’t tell you that.

Q1: Wouldn’t it be great if this were the last presidential cycle in which the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary got so much attention?

A1: Yes

Q2: Is that because Iowa and New Hampshire are inherently bad places with bad people?

A2: No

Q3: OK, is that because there’s something blatantly distorting about those two states shaping the entire election process every single quadrennial?

A3: Yes

Q4: Do you think this latest Hillary Clinton e-mail revelation will deal a big blow to her presidential hopes?

A4: No

Q5: But is it an enthusiasm kill for her supporters, even if it doesn’t pan out to be that damaging?

A5: Yes

Q6: I’m not a violent person, but is there something about Ted Cruz that makes you want to smack him?

A6: Yes

Q7: With the arrest of the wildlife refuge terrorists in Oregon and the indictment of the anti-Planned Parenthood video fabricators, has this been a good week for karma?

A7: Yes

Q8: Is this a good time to bring up the fact that Tuesday’s “American Experience” on PBS will be based on Candice Millard’s fantastic book about the assassination of President James Garfield?

A8: Yes

Q9: Does it sicken you that the state of Michigan sent bottled water to its Flint employees long before it responded to residents complaining about the brown ooze coming from their taps?

A9: Yes

Q10: Does today’s big Wall Street rally make you feel better about the state of the stock market as the year’s first month ends?

A10: No

Q11: Are you going to miss January 2016?

A11: No


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