Democrats Do Iowa Cattle Calls, Too

Since I discussed the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, about the 300th GOP cattle call of the cycle, it sometimes seems, I’d be remiss in not mentioning that the five announced Democratic presidential candidates will all be at the same event for the first time this year, at a big Iowa Democratic Party fundraiser tonight in Cedar Rapids, which will also induct new members into the Iowa Democratic Hall of Fame.

I’ve been to this event in a previous year, and suspect it will be more about candidates buttering up Iowa Democrats than Iowa Democrats sizing up candidates, but you never know. What the media there will be watching for is whether anybody will attack HRC. My money’s on a fiery attack on her by Linc Chafee, who will be deemed by the audience as not having paid his party dues long enough to justify such behavior.

I’m sure there will be some curiosity about Martin O’Malley’s strategy for regaining some momentum. The poor guy did what everybody said he should do in Iowa before running for president–raising money for local Democrats, even deploying staff to help with their state legislative campaigns. Then Bernie got into the race and nobody’s much heard of O’Malley since. He’s in a tough spot.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.