JANUARY IS OVER!

1. It’s Monday, February 1, 2016. The longest month of the year is history.

2. Sometime today, some meatball will become the first person ever to exercise his or her sacred right of franchise for Donald Trump. What a freakin’ waste.

3. Because Iowa is a caucus and not a primary, it’s a lot easier for the polls to be wrong.

It’s not just that people have to go to a school or community center, mark a ballot and leave. They have to stick around and organize into support groups.

So if you’re, say, a parent with child care issues, it’s a lot harder to attend a caucus than to vote in a primary. If you participate in a caucus, you’re going to miss your favorite TV show, or Monday wings night at the local restaurant. If there’s going to be a snowstorm, you’re going to be leery of hanging at somebody’s house.

Therefore, if the polls are wrong, don’t wag fingers at the pollsters or Nate Silver and his great fivethirtyeight.com. Something could happen in the course of the day that keeps people away.

4. Glad to see the recognition for the cast of “Spotlight” at the Screen Actors Guild awards. Moviegoers have been fortunate in the past year to have this terrific film and “The Big Short.” I’ve been fortunate in that both films deal with areas of interest to me – high-quality journalism and the financial crisis of 2008.

One reason “Spotlight” is so good is that it captures how the almost mundane teamwork of professional journalists can make a big difference in the world.

The film’s DVD and iTunes release is Feb. 23 if you can’t see it in a theater before then.

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