Like most political people, I wasn’t anticipating a Romney veep announcement quite so soon, and certainly wasn’t convinced Mitt would make me so very happy by going with Paul Ryan. My plan for Saturday blogging was to give readers a taste of political and cultural sentiments from Iowa, that hyper-political heartland state that has also reemerged as a general election battleground.

A bit later today I’ll be attending (unless my media credentials get pulled, which is always a possibility) the FAMiLY Leader Summit 2012, the annual strategy session of the highly influential Iowa-based Christian Right group, at a suburban Des Moines megachurch. The event features such worthies as Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, and Iowa’s own Steve King and Chuck Grassley, along with FAMiLY Leader’s chieftain, Christian Right heavy Bob Vander Plaats. It will be a very good vantage point from which to discern the reaction to the Ryan choice among cultural conservatives (which I expect to be very positive, though not quite as rapturous as the reaction to Sarah Palin in 2008), and how quickly the Romney-Ryan message is being distributed and proclaimed.

In the meantime, I’m sure I’ll have more to say about Veep reaction, once I absorb enough caffeine to rouse me from the torpor induced by yestereday’s massive ingestion of State Fair Food. I will report that the Double Bacon Corn Dog and the Fried Pickle Dog (a pickle wrapped in pastrami and cheese and then deep fried in corn batter) were everything I expected, God help me.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.