The Real Sporer: Fred and the ICA
Excerpted from this post at The Real Sporer
... ICA had a very large turnout, about 75% of the Seven Flags total capacity, and the left over space was mostly consumed by display tables and the large banquet lines, so the turnout for the facility couldn't have been much larger. ... The crowd in attendance tonight was the antithesis of radical; they're normal and tired of being kicked around by the left. ... Duncan Hunter had to miss the event because of a serious health problem in his family. Fred Thompson was in the crowd, very cleverly sitting in the back, creating the greatest of exposure. ... Fred's local organization is gaining size and their appeared to be the largest openly Thompson turnout that Des Moines, and I'm guessing anywhere else in Iowa, has yet seen. Team Mitt was out in major force so this event gave both sides an opportunity to judge the competition. Mitt still appears to have the strongest Iowa operation but Fred also appears to be gaining rapidly. Fred was late to the dance but already has tremendous name ID and is displaying the ability to gain traction fairly fast. Almost all of the Huckabee Iowa forces were on display tonight, as well. The Huckabee campaign remains smaller than the other "top tier" candidates but compensates with extremely high likeability, both the candidate and the campaign.