I love the Iowa caucuses.

But for the good of our state, it’s time to kill the Iowa caucuses.

The caucuses have defined my professional career in journalism and politics, and in various roles over the years I’ve dutifully echoed the arguments for loving and defending and keeping them: They level the playing field for presidential candidates. They force those candidates to interact with real people. They’re fun and interesting and full of the drama that engages people in our political process. They humanize the epic endeavor of picking a president.

That’s all true and valuable and good for our democracy. And there is something unique to Iowa that uplifts these virtues.