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Thursday, April 16, 2009

John Deeth Blog: Iowa City tea party gets A for turnout, incomplete on message

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

What's it like being a liberal blogger at the Iowa City tea party?
It's taking your life into your hands. No, not because my conservative
friends would harm me. It's because the location on the Burlington
Street bridge was fraught with potential peril: four lanes of zooming
traffic that literally shook the bridge, a six inch wide center
walkway, and a raging dam below. Yet I have survived to tell the tale.
The tea party in "the San Francisco of Iowa" (as one speaker put it)
gets an A for effort but an incomplete on message. The A for effort
goes to a crowd of, my estimate, 300: the north side of the bridge
lined across the river, the south side maybe 3/4 full, all one person
deep (Deb Thornton was duly making sure the pedestrian traffic wasn't

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