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From my pal, “Classic,” who will be caucusing for Romney tomorrow:

Most of the phone calls have ended. Yesterday many
calls came: recorded (by candidates and supporters)
and live (by campaign staff). One of the recorded
calls was an attack on Romney–not paid for by the
Huckabee campaign, but certainly supporting Huckabee.[# More #]

Most of the commercials have concluded. Though my
wife and I both witnessed the Huckabee ad
that-wasn’t-to-be-shown on cable T.V. (one on New
Year’s night; the other yesterday–on the weather
channel of all places!).

The anticipation is building. The Democrats will
gather and publically take their stands for
candidates. Those receiving over 15% in a room will
seek to woo the candidates receiving less than that
threshold amount to join them.

I think it looks very good for Obama and somewhat good
for Edwards. The Clinton people are already trying to
spin that third is a good way to finish! More than a
month and a half ago I asked outloud over lunch what
would happen if Hillary finished third. One person (a
Democrat?) snapped, “That’ll never happen.” Now, it
looks like it just might.

Many Republicans will gather at one site for an entire
county. Black Hawk county gathering might well be the
media focus with the large turnout expected from the
city of Waterloo. Republicans will use a private
ballot and vote once.

My prediction for the Republican field? I’m not going
to post it here.

I anticipate posting tonight after all party business
is conducted (the voting takes place first), so you
will know the outcome before I write the post (I don’t
have a blackberry or a lap top).

Yes, I’m a Romney supporter. But I hope that any
registered voter in Iowa–who has taken the time to
examine the candidates will turn out and participate
this evening.

Some ads are annoying. Many phone calls are. But–as
has been pointed out to me–in countries like China
and Iran, citizens do not have the privilege of being
receiving such calls or viewing such commercials.

I am thrilled to play a small part in this key step in
the political process in the land of the free and the
home of the brave!


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