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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Why I shook Bob Vander Plaats' hand this weekend

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

This weekend, I went home to my hometown of Centerville for our big annual Pancake Day festival. Although you've probably never heard of it, and it probably didn't bring in as many guests as the Dave Matthews concert in Des Moines, it's still a pretty big event for the southern part of the state. ... This being an odd-numbered year, I wasn't expecting to see any political candidates beyond our statehouse representatives and whoever is running for mayor this year. I was surprised then, to see Bob Vander Plaats round the corner of the parade route, shaking hands. He walked alongside his billboard on a clean, white pickup truck that might have belonged to a local farmer but was too nice to be a true "farm truck". Alongside him walked about six or eight people in crisp, white Team VP t-shirts handing out baseball card-sized campaign cards.


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