Here is Tom Tancredo. He is alone. He is debating himself (a master-debater?) at the NAACP's GOP Presidential Candidate Forum. None of the other GOP hopefuls could make it. 'Too busy', they all said, 'sorry, home-bro's' and in a rather embarrassing manner some added 'give me some skin, brutha'.
Let's check the schedule of one of the other third-tier candidates, my own former governor, Tommy Thompson. What was Tommy doing that he couldn't make it to the forum? Eating his way through Iowa, it seems:
This morning Kent Wainescott from CBS Milwaukee was following Governor Thompson and joined him Freedom between campaign events at the Town and Country Golf Club in Grundy Center to the Main Street Cafe in Allison to the Hampton Country Club in Hampton.Tommy Thompson's strategy is to win the Iowa straw poll in August. Checking Iowa's census numbers I think I understand why eating a cob o' corn at each county fair in Iowa would come before the NAACP debate. Only 1 in 50 Iowans is a person of color.
When we got to Mason City for lunch it was standing room only at the Chicago Dawg and as always the food there was delicious. If you are ever in Mason City be sure to stop by Chicago Dawg for the best pizza in Iowa. From great food to more, well, great food. This time in New Hampton at the home of two wonderful supporters, Elroy, WI native Jon and Paula Nicholaisen. This is the second event the Nicholaisens have thrown for Governor Thompson and every time they have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
The days events ended with Governor Thompson's triumphant return to Beck's in Waterloo.
The Beck's event was originally scheduled in February, but those of you in Iowa may remember the worst ice storm in the last 25 years that forced nearly every road closed. Thankfully, Governor Thompson was able to have campaign events earlier that week, so yes, he has still been in Iowa every single week since the beginning of December. Like they say, 'absence makes the heart grow founder' and never has that statement been more true. The event was the largest of the day with well over a 120 people. There were some familar faces in the crowd Mr. Leon Mosley and Mr. Karl Gilbertson from the state central committee, it is always nice to see them.
I admit to being too lazy to check the schedules of the other republicans. I doubt any of them had better reasons.