Presidential hopefuls give Iowa a try at #IowaStateFair

The official Iowa State Fair Butter Cow, who has her own Twitter account.

Even the official Iowa State Fair Butter Cow has her own Twitter account.

Between the frozen lemonade, the foot-long corn dogs, the deep-fried Oreos, the deep-fried pickles, the deep-fried ice cream, the deep-fried just about everything else, and the pork chops on a stick — one of 75 state fair food options available with a handle — Democratic and Republican candidates braved the sweltering sun at the Iowa State Fair to woo Hawkeye state voters.

Crowds were large and raucous. They cheered and swarmed candidates and listened to speeches at the Soapbox site run by the Des Moines Register. Democrats gave rousing speeches at the Democratic Wing Ding dinner. Hillary Clinton had a huge crowd follow her to see the Butter Cow. A few kids got to ride the Trumpcopter, just outside the fairgrounds, since fair officials nixed landing it at the fair itself. Bernie Sanders joked that he left his helicopter at home.

The nation’s political reporters descended on the fair, trying to get close to candidates to ask the same questions they asked just yesterday. They tried to out-tweet each other with such observations as quoting a voter saying, “I can’t wait to see Trump! I want to hear who he insults today!”

Yes, it’s silly season in presidential election politics. So with apologies to Meredith Willson, here’s a political version of “Iowa Stubborn” from The Music Man. Sing along if you want.

Oh, there’s nothing halfway
About the Iowa way to vet you
To vote for you,
Which we may not do at all.
There’s an Iowa kind of special
deep-fried Twinkies attitude.
We’ve never been without.
That we recall.
We can be cold
As our freezing caucuses in February
If you ask who we will vote for come July.
And we’re so by God stubborn
We could stand touchin’ candidates
For six months at a time
And never see eye-to-eye.
But what the heck, you’re welcome,
Join us at the state fair!
You can eat your fill
If you fill our coffers with your bucks.
You really ought to give Iowa a try.
You know we all are contrary,
We can be cold
As our freezing caucuses in February
If you ask who we will vote for come July.
And we’re so by God stubborn
We can stand touchin’ candidates
For six months at a time
And never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
And a yard sign to go with it
If your campaign should happen to die.
So, what the heck, you’re welcome,
Glad to have you with us.
Even though we may not ever vote for you again.
You really ought to give Iowa
Hawkeye Iowa
Clinton, Sanders, Huckabee,
Perry, Santorum, Bush, Trump, Carson
Ought to give Iowa a try!

One thing should be noted: Donald Trump did not visit the butter cow. He might as well drop out of the race right now.

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