An E-Mail From Ames
From a Romney supporter, “Classic”:
The Iowa GOP deserves credit and praise for a well run
and very successful Straw Poll event. The people in
the Orange T-Shirts were unfailingly pleasant and
helpful all day.
Writing as a Romney supporter, I can say that Mitt
Romney’s gift for organization was in evidence all
day. I witnessed the implementation of well thought
out strategy and tactics.[# More #]
I saw evidence of the months-long planning when my
wife and I arrived at the off site shuttle bus parking
lot. We were welcomed, we checked in at a table, and
got on the bus (we arrived at the parking lot at
approximately 9:45–15 minutes before the voting
While on the bus we received our first word of dirty
tricks being attempted by another candidate. Our
daughter called to say she had just received a phone
call from the Romney campaign saying the rumor that
the buses were not running was not true.
Soon after that we learned that Ron Paul had (before
today) encouraged his supporters to ride other
candidates’ buses (read Romney), go to that
candidates’ table, get a $35 ticket from that
candidate, and then vote for Ron Paul! At a minimum,
both of these dirty tricks are unethical.
But nothing could stop the Romney tsunami! We arrived
at a parking lot near the tents and voting places.
Can you imagine a sea of buses? An ocean of Romney
supporters, many of whom were wearing yellow shirts?
We continued on to a table near the Mitt tent and
received our credentials, including the tickets. The
excellent organizational skills continued to be in
For the candidates, of course, today was all about the
voting. My wife and I walked to one of three voting
buildings. Multiple precautions (scanning voting
ticket, punching scan part of ticket, scanning photo
id, and thumb print) were taken to prevent fraud. We
voted for Romney and then returned outside to contact
a friend, with whom we had lunch.
Lunch was provided by a major Iowa bbq concern. The
lines for that were as well organized as those at
Disneyland! We enjoyed the meal in the outdoor tent,
where tables and chairs were provided. Romney staff
people showed themselves to be servants as they helped
clear plates and bottles, etc.
My wife and I were very impressed with the Romney
volunteers as well. 21 drove there from Ohio,
including Paul Thatcher–who took Friday off so he
could receive training for this event. He provided
yeoman’s duty next to the bus parking lot area–with
water (it was in the low 90’s plus high humidity);
efforts to let people know when their buses would pick
them up; and pleasantly doing his best to answer
people’s questions and concerns.
My wife and I also had the privilege of visiting with
Bob Bain (see Hugh’s chapter in his book on Mitt:
“The Bain Way”–how’s that for a shameless plug?) and
Mr. and Mrs. Matt Romney. We shook Mrs. Romney’s hand
and spoke with her briefly.
The Mitt RV was parked next to the stage that had a
colorful backdrop with (surprise!) “Mitt” on it. I am
now back home and rejoicing in the results that were
The Romney campaign’s preparation for and
implementation of successful plan for the straw well
positions the Governor for victory in the Iowa caucus
UPDATE: My correspondent writes again to say he sent this early not expecting me to get it and post it until later. He’s confident that Romney won, but no results are in yet.