Hawkeye Review: The calm before the storm
Excerpted from this post at Hawkeye Review
Part of any successful campaign is not only owning the issues but to
essentially "capture the imagination" of the electorate. The long
delayed political announcement of Governor Branstad to join in the
race for Terrace Hill was a tactical success in many dimensions.
First: It kept Branstad's name perpetually in the news cycle over
these past months with virtually no formal actions from our former
Governor. Second: There's no doubt the potential of a pending
announcement from our youngest and longest serving Governor had the
effect of "sucking the oxygen" out of the fund raising environment
during the past 90 days. This didn't necessarily freeze up the
primary field, although it can be said it's prevented any single
candidate from amassing a new block of supporters, especially the
grass roots activists in each of our 99 counties required to fuel any
successful effort to take back Terrace Hill.