Thursday, January 03, 2008

Smoky Hollow's Iowa Caucus Kudos and Cowpies

Stephen Colbert has his "Tip of the Hat and Wag of the Finger."

The Des Moines Register has its "Roses and Thistles."

Welcome to the first-ever edition of Smoky Hollow's Kudos and Cowpies.

A cowpie to Hillary Clinton and Chris Dodd for failing to find Monroe County on an Iowa map. Neither of these two candidates set foot here in my county throughout the entire caucus season, despite the fact that both of them ran very active campaigns all over Iowa.

And kudos to John Edwards, Bill Richardson, Barack Obama and Joe Biden for showing us respect and coming to our part of the state to personally ask us for our support. It matters.

A cowpie to all of the top tier, second tier and third tier Republican candidates who turned their back on Monroe County by failing to come here in person and pay us a visit. Specifically, I'm talking about Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Fred Thompson, Ron Paul, Tom Tancredo and Duncan Hunter.

And kudos to Republicans John Cox and Tommy Thompson for visiting us in Albia. It wasn't enough to help them, but we do appreciate it.

And kudos to all of the campaign staffers who have been working their hearts out. I know what it's like to work on a campaign, and I know it's really, really hard.

A big, fat, steaming COWPIE to the campaign press staffers who did not return my phone calls. I'm not going to name names, but some of the presidential campaigns really don't want to answer questions.

And kudos to all of the news media folks who have been tromping around our state. I hope you have enjoyed your brief stay here, and I hope you'll remember how wonderful a place Iowa really is.

And finally, whole-hearted kudos to my colleagues at Iowa Independent for all of your excellent work covering the Iowa caucuses.

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