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January 3, 2012
expressafterdeadline:

About today’s cover: “Iowa’s Ideal”
A Frankenstein of a GOP candidate: A while back, you might have seen The Washington Post’s week of profiles on the major GOP candidates, complete with portraits for each. What you might not have realized is how well they’d mash together into a single beast — as many Iowa caucus voters like some elements of each of the candidates, but not everything in any one of them. As Lila Reyonlds, an undecided Iowa voter puts it: “There is no Prince Charming.” (From top: Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann. Missing: Jon Huntsman, who is focusing on New Hampshire. Photos by Melina Mara/TWP; photo illustration by Express)

Paul’s hair + Mitt’s forehead + Newt’s eyes + Perry’s nose + Santorum’s chin + Bachmann’s neck = A mashup that you might want to avert your eyes from.

expressafterdeadline:

About today’s cover: “Iowa’s Ideal”

A Frankenstein of a GOP candidate: A while back, you might have seen The Washington Post’s week of profiles on the major GOP candidates, complete with portraits for each. What you might not have realized is how well they’d mash together into a single beast — as many Iowa caucus voters like some elements of each of the candidates, but not everything in any one of them. As Lila Reyonlds, an undecided Iowa voter puts it: “There is no Prince Charming.” (From top: Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann. Missing: Jon Huntsman, who is focusing on New Hampshire. Photos by Melina Mara/TWP; photo illustration by Express)

Paul’s hair + Mitt’s forehead + Newt’s eyes + Perry’s nose + Santorum’s chin + Bachmann’s neck = A mashup that you might want to avert your eyes from.

12:33 // 2 years ago
wnyc:

Wait, there’s something happening in Iowa today? Spend five minutes reading the explainer from It’s A Free Country on how the Iowa Caucus works (for one, it’s different for the Dems and the GOP) - then you’ll be able to explain it to your friends later.
-Jody, BL Show-

Because, let’s face it, you probably don’t know how the Iowa caucus system works.

wnyc:

Wait, there’s something happening in Iowa today? Spend five minutes reading the explainer from It’s A Free Country on how the Iowa Caucus works (for one, it’s different for the Dems and the GOP) - then you’ll be able to explain it to your friends later.

-Jody, BL Show-

Because, let’s face it, you probably don’t know how the Iowa caucus system works.

11:27 // 2 years ago

Talking Points Memo: 10 Things To Know About the Iowa Caucus

joshsternberg:

  • Forty-one percent of Iowa voters still haven’t picked a candidate
  • Democrats set up “war room” in Iowa
  • Democrats attack Romney with Bain lay-off stories
  • President Obama to address caucus-goers
  • Mitt Romney campaign confident on caucus day
  • Perry to skip New Hampshire, head to South Carolina after Iowa
  • All the candidates will be holding final events throughout Iowa before settling in at their respective watch parties in the evening.
  • How do the Republican Iowa caucuses work anyway?: TPM has a rundown of how voting takes place on caucus night.
  • Candidates make closing arguments in Iowa

Click through to TPM to read more.

That first one is exactly why, polls be damned, anything could happen today. Well, except the late-stage return of Herman Cain. Cain, by the way, says he hasn’t endorsed anyone yet, despite rumors that Newt Gingrich was atop his list.

10:20 // 2 years ago
January 2, 2012

As you might have noticed, we’ve been somewhat light on the Iowa caucus coverage today in part because it’s gotten so overwhelming. (We’re leaving the good stuff for tomorrow, when it ACTUALLY HAPPENS.) But Scott Siepker, this guy … This guy. He offers a progressive defense to the perception that Iowa is full of conservatives that don’t represent the country at large. And wow, it just makes you like you’ve been translated to Iowa for three minutes. You get it, with lines like: “Next time you ‘fly over’? Give us a wave. We’ll wave back. We’re nice. That’s right. We’re nice. @(&!%!^.” It’s profane, but there’s a PG-rated version over here. Must watch. (h/t Buzzfeed)

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21:14 // 2 years ago
20:59 // 2 years ago
This exists: Santorum salad. And yes, there’s a Twitter account already. Sample tweet:

FATHER, WHY DID YOU CREATE ME?
— SantorumSalad (@SantorumSalad) January 2, 2012
Son, I don’t know. I don’t know.

This exists: Santorum salad. And yes, there’s a Twitter account already. Sample tweet:

Son, I don’t know. I don’t know.

17:08 // 2 years ago
I don’t think I’m going to win.
Newt Gingrich, re: his chances in Iowa. This is what they mean by “lowering expectations.”
13:09 // 2 years ago
January 1, 2012
firthofforth:

quickhits:

Bachmann pins all her hopes on an unregistered voter.

When the divine is the one who tells you to run, this sort of thing makes sense.

She better hope that Jesus likes corn and has nowhere better to be on Tuesday.

firthofforth:

quickhits:

Bachmann pins all her hopes on an unregistered voter.

When the divine is the one who tells you to run, this sort of thing makes sense.

She better hope that Jesus likes corn and has nowhere better to be on Tuesday.

19:05 // 2 years ago
kohenari:


Santorum appeals to Iowa voters with a mix of unusual lines that won’t play outside the Hawkeye State. “Diversity creates conflict. If we celebrate diversity, we create conflict,” Santorum told the audience in Ottumwa.

The idea that statements like this one represent any part of a winning political strategy in 2012 is pretty troubling.
Read charitably, what Santorum is saying is that we ought to ignore or paper over our differences. Read less charitably, what he’s saying is that there ought not to be any differences. He’s not specifically claiming that America should be a white, Christian, heterosexual, English-speaking country … but he’s certainly hinting at it pretty strongly.
Now, there’s no chance that Rick Santorum could become the next President of the United States … but the fact that a candidate is able to garner national attention while espousing these sorts of ideas really bothers the liberal pluralist in me.
I’m hopeful that Iowans prove wrong the pundits who are forecasting a good day for Santorum this week and roundly reject these narrow-minded views that he believes will help him win in their state.

You guys feel like there’s too much focus on the first two primaries at the cost of the rest of them, or even the general election? We think Santorum getting away with lines like that is a symptom of this line of thinking. 

kohenari:

Santorum appeals to Iowa voters with a mix of unusual lines that won’t play outside the Hawkeye State. “Diversity creates conflict. If we celebrate diversity, we create conflict,” Santorum told the audience in Ottumwa.

The idea that statements like this one represent any part of a winning political strategy in 2012 is pretty troubling.

Read charitably, what Santorum is saying is that we ought to ignore or paper over our differences. Read less charitably, what he’s saying is that there ought not to be any differences. He’s not specifically claiming that America should be a white, Christian, heterosexual, English-speaking country … but he’s certainly hinting at it pretty strongly.

Now, there’s no chance that Rick Santorum could become the next President of the United States … but the fact that a candidate is able to garner national attention while espousing these sorts of ideas really bothers the liberal pluralist in me.

I’m hopeful that Iowans prove wrong the pundits who are forecasting a good day for Santorum this week and roundly reject these narrow-minded views that he believes will help him win in their state.

You guys feel like there’s too much focus on the first two primaries at the cost of the rest of them, or even the general election? We think Santorum getting away with lines like that is a symptom of this line of thinking. 

14:31 // 2 years ago
December 29, 2011
Kent said to me yesterday that ‘everyone sells out in Iowa, why shouldn’t I.’ Then he told me he would stay with our campaign. The Ron Paul campaign has to answer for its actions.
Michele Bachmann • Discussing the surprise departure of her Iowa campaign chairman, Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson, who defected to the Ron Paul camp. This is not good news for Bachmann, especially since the move comes less than a week before the Iowa caucus. Ever since Bachmann won the straw poll in Iowa back in August, it’s been diminishing returns, to the point where some are calling for her to drop out. They’re also calling for Rick Santorum to drop out, but that’s probably not going to happen because Santorum is suddenly on an upswing. For Bachmann, however, she might be reaching her endgame. source (viafollow)
0:16 // 2 years ago