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Waterloo II

I’ll have some further thoughts about tonight’s first contact between enemy forces in Waterloo, but for now, here’s the raw sound of Gov. Perry and Rep. Bachmann. I thought Perry spoke well, got a little lost during the Q&A, but finished well. And I thought Bachmann connected well with people, showed why she’s such an effective advocate, and also finished strong. While Perry arrived early to work the crowd, Bachmann waited, and made a bit of a grand entrance, which meant she had to deal with more crowd noise, which was exacerbated by the fact that they left the house lights on during her talk.

Perry Speech  
Perry Q&A  
Bachmann Speech  


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For this evening, Waterloo, IA is the center of the Republican political universe.  It wouldn’t have been 2 weeks ago, but this happens to Iowa towns with some regularity, so they handle it well.  The Black Hawk County Republicans have done a nice job handling the plague of locusts reporters who have descended on the place.  All I wanted was a good sound location for the recorder.  What I got was a microphone feed.  I’ll post the sound from Perry and Bachmann (cast listed in order of appearance) later this evening.

I’ve spoken to a couple of Iowans here, and while that’s not necessarily a representative sample, there does seem to be some open-mindedness about things.  One Romney supporter from 2008 is undecided this year.  Another older fellow, unhappy with the caucus system because is makes it difficult for seniors to participate, is planning to support Perry.

I’ll stay away from the usual bromides about Iowa politics and the press.  Everything you’ve heard it true.  But if Perry is half as good a retail politician as he appears to be at first glance, he’ll do well in February.


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