One of the best stories from Iowa will not be fully told until after the election: What is the Obama campaign doing to shape the results to its liking?

There are inklings of its operations: Campaign officials want a good showing in their own Democratic caucuses to make the point that Iowa very much remains in play this November; and they want to hurt Mitt Romney, who they have steadfastly and intelligently presumed is the eventual nominee. This latter operation entails staging Iowa testimonials from workers fired during some of Romney’s “restructurings” as a businessman, and perhaps, more covertly, implementing efforts to nudge Democrats to support Ron Paul — which they can do under caucus rules — whom they would like to be a resource-draining distraction for Romney.

The last thing the Obama forces want is a quick knockout victory for Romney, which becomes much more likely with an Iowa win. They want him bloody, broke and dazed when he eventually wins the nomination and weak in the face of an Obama first strike.