Rick Perry’s “comeback” is, in his own eyes at least, gaining tremendous momentum in Iowa. Jennifer Jacobs of the Des Moines Register followed him around the Iowa State Fair yesterday, and found him very pleased with himself. He was so self-confident that he spoke at the Register‘s famed Fair “soapbox” (a hay-strewn stage for the many campaigning pols who troll the large fried-food-on-a-stick devouring audiences), which many Republicans are boycotting as a protest against the heckling Paul Ryan endured on that spot in 2012. And he allowed as how he did very well:

Perry seemed pumped up after his enthusiastic, heckle-free reception at the Register‘s Soapbox. When the Register‘s moderator thanked him as he came off the stage, Perry said: “You’re welcome. I’m awesome!”

And modest, too!

But Perry’s ebullience may have overcome him at another point in his progress through the fairgrounds:

Mackenzie Goodyk and her parents stopped Perry in front of the next food booth over, a cheese curds stand. Perry shook the girl’s hand and continued to grip it as he chatted with her family.

“I can’t feel my fingers,” said Mackenzie, age 10.


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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.