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Enumerati

Walker Leads in Iowa

18%

Scott Walker’s leading over the GOP field in Iowa, followed by Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul at 10%. They are followed by Marco Rubio at 7%, Chris Christie at 6%, and Ben Carson and Donald Trump at 5% according to a new Morning Consult Poll.

Enumerati

Walker Has Double-Digit Lead in Iowa

23%

Gov. Scott Walker’s lead in Iowa over the rest of the Republican presidential field, followed by Marco Rubio at 13%, Jeb Bush at 12%, Mike Huckabee at 10%, Rand Paul at 10%, Ted Cruz at 8%, Ben Carson at 7% and Chris Christie at 5%, a new Public Policy Polling survey in Iowa finds.

Enumerati

Iowa Is Still Up for Grabs

16%

Jeb Bush’s lead over the GOP pack in Iowa, followed by Scott Walker at 13%, Marco Rubio at 12%, Rand Paul at 9%, Ben Carson at 9%, Mike Huckabee at 8% and Ted Cruz at 6%, according to a new Gravis Marketing poll in Iowa.

Poetic Justice

Lindsey’s Iowa Whimsy

Lindsey Graham’s a GOP-er from down in South Carolina,
But he sees a clear path forward in white-bread Iowa,
And in all fairness,
The question of his gayness,
Likely won’t come up as long as he steers clear of homophobic Indiana.

Verbatim

Walker’s Turning Into a Flip-Flopper

Walker’s campaign in Iowa is moving so fast that it will make your head spin. But that’s not all that is moving at a fast pace for Walker. Some of his long held positions seem to be on the move lately as well. In the span of just a few weeks, Walker has apparently flip-flopped on a number of issues. … Mitt Romney was labeled as a flip-flopper because he changed his position on abortion (another issue Walker has received grief about lately) in advance of running for president in 2008, but Walker is making Romney look like a model of consistency.

Iowa Republican

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Iowa GOP Chair Says Jeb Bush Can Win or Lose Iowa

Can Jeb Bush win Iowa? Of course he can. Can Jeb Bush come in fifth place in Iowa? Sure he can.

— Iowa GOP chairman Jeff Kaufmann, quoted by BuzzFeed.

News & Comment

Iowans Set to Elect Tea Party Senate Candidate Who Claims the Right to Shoot Other Government Officials

Ernst addresses a rally in support of gun rights after a gunman killed 12 people in a Colorado movie theatre in 2012
Ernst addresses a rally in support of gun rights after a gunman killed 12 people in a Colorado movie theatre in 2012

During the 2010 midterms, Nevada tea party extremist Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee in the U.S. Senate race, made a series of gaffes that cratered her opportunity to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The best remembered of these were quotes that surfaced in which she suggested “Second Amendment” remedies might be required both to deal with the “tyrannical” federal government (read: “Obamacare”) and to unseat Sen. Reid if voters foolishly chose to reelect him.

In this cycle, a tea party candidate for the U.S. Senate in Iowa has made a similar, though more oblique, statement that has barely caused a stir. At a rally sponsored by the National Rifle Association about a month after a shooter opened fire in an Aurora, Co., movie theatre, killing 12 people in 2012, Joni Ernst — who, as a member of the Iowa Senate, is a government official herself — claimed the right to take up arms against other government officials:

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Perry Claims to Be ‘Awesome’ in Iowa

You’re welcome. I’m awesome!

— Texas Gov. Rick Perry, quoted the Des Moines Register, seeming “pumped up after his enthusiastic” reception after coming off stage at the Iowa State Fair.

Poetic Justice

An Honest Memoir

A pre-campaign memoir is seen as one measure
Of how a candidate would perform as a leader.
But I’m with Mike Murphy
Who’s hoping that someday
Someone will write “Screw Iowa and New Hampshire.”

News & Comment

Right-Wing War on Christmas Update: Iowa Tea Bagger Congressman Brags about Eating Reindeer at Holiday Time

Reindeer mother and baby; inset: Iowa Tea Party Rep. Steve King

It’s clear here who really hates Christmas. Rep. Steve King, tea party congressman from Iowa, sent out this tweet bragging about making a meal of slaughtered reindeer at Christmastime. What will we tell the children!

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