Mitt Romney in town yesterday. Apparantly the Mass Bash is a standard part of teh stump speech:
'I do feel like a red speck in a blue sea, and I am sure you feel like that a bit in Iowa, as well,' he said to a group of UI students at a luncheon in the Pappajohn Business Building.
The Overrated One namechecks Romney in a section devoted mostly to Giuliani bashing:
"His trip illustrates he's got a few things to learn about presidential campaigning in Iowa. We do small-state, retail politics here, not the big-city stuff. His five-SUV caravan, security guards and staged media events for his national press entourage bring to mind other big-state politicians — like then-California Gov. Pete Wilson — who misfired in Iowa because they didn't understand the need to do one-on-one, grassroots work.
Out here on the prairie, campaigns are more than money and media. They're about key people. George Pataki and Mitt Romney get it. Giuliani doesn't. When we see Hizzoner meeting with a couple of dozen Republicans at a house party in Brooklyn — Iowa — we'll know he's for real."
Mister Overrated devotes most of the column to noting the shocking news that Chet Culver and Mike Blouin are saying Not Nice things about each other: "If they're not careful, Blouin and Culver can do Nussle's dirty work for him by carving up the eventual nominee." Try to restrain your glee a little bit there, Yepsen.
Meanwhile Fallon is doing the classic underfunded candidate move of making a token TV buy to create a news story.
One of the ads is almost silent, using captioning instead of sound of Fallon saying, "I'm running for governor because special interests and paid lobbyists have taken away your voice."
Another ad makes light of the "big-name" endorsements that other candidates have trumpeted...
A couple notes of caution: