Later this week the Iowa State Fair will open and hundreds of thousands of people from all over the globe will descend on Des Moines’s east side. Yeah, who would have ever thought… Anyway, some of those people are looking to be the next President of the United States.
I find it a little odd that it’s a requirement for anyone who wants to be the leader of the free world to partake in the Iowa State Fair. In 2007, every serious candidate running for president attended. This year’s VIP list includes Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and don’t be surprised if Haley Barbour doesn’t swing buy when he’s in town this week either.
I’m sure there will be even more presidential hopefuls who drop by, but I have not done a good job of keeping track of everyone who is coming. The fair is a great Iowa experience and it provides them a little glimpse of what Iowan’s are good at – drinking, eating fatty foods, wondering around with no real sense of where we are going.
The candidates also come to the fair to have a chat with Jan Mickelson on WHO Radio. An interview with Mickelson is not as easy as eating one of those giant smoked turkey legs. It’s a challenge, and sometimes it can taint your entire Iowa campaign, which is why we probably will not see Mitt Romney anywhere near WHO’s Crystal Studio this year.
In all seriousness, Iowans are lucky to have such and incredible fair. Obviously, I’m looking forward to seeing and listening to the guys who want my vote in the caucuses in 2012, but I’ll take one of those pork chops on a stick in the process.
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