It seems almost a mathematical impossibility, but here it is, per The Iowa Republican‘s Craig Robinson:

There are 17 Republican candidates running for president, but you won’t find any of them in Iowa over Labor Day weekend. Instead Democrats like Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, and Hillary Clinton will have the entire state to them selves.

The last time we didn’t have at least one Republican presidential candidate running around the state was back on June 13th and 14th, the week after Senator Joni Ernst’s big Roast and Ride in Boone. Enjoy the long holiday weekend, because next weekend the candidates we will once again be inundated by Republican presidential hopefuls as they parade through the tailgating lots at the Iowa/Iowa State football game at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames.

Labor Day, with its obvious associates, will always be a bigger occasion for political events among Democrats. But you’d at least expect maybe Scott Walker to show up to remind everyone of his anti-labor victories in Wisconsin, which, of course, have liberated working people to negotiate individually with their employers over wages, benefits and working conditions, just like they do in economic paradises like South Carolina, right?

Yeah, I guess a college tail-gate is safer ground for our GOPers, as long as they have a trusty aid nearby to remind them which bird mascot is Cy and which is Herky.

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.