Skip to comments.Driving Trump to victory in Iowa, without a truck
Posted on 08/15/2015 4:47:34 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
Veteran Iowa political operative Chuck Laudner spent the last presidential election crisscrossing the state in his own pickup truck with Rick Santorum at his side, driving the former Pennsylvania senator to a surprise victory in the crucial Iowa Republican caucus in 2012.
This time around, Laudner is running Donald Trump's Iowa campaign. But don't expect Trump to hop in the passenger seat of Laudner's "Chuck Truck" anytime soon.
"No, no, not gonna happen," Laudner said in an interview Friday at the Iowa State Fair.
That's because Trump is largely eschewing the classic retail politicking that has defined presidential campaigns in Iowa for decades, and much of Laudner's own career as a political operative.
Trump's jaunts to Iowa start and end with a flight on his private plane, and his travel to events involves a fleet of black SUVs, not an operative's pickup truck. Even as he heads to the fair on Saturday for the most conventional stop in Iowa politics, Trump will whirr above the crowds and land in his Trump-emblazoned helicopter.
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Didn't Obama beat Hillary in all the caucus states, but Hillary beat Obama in the states where there was a regular vote?
I always though the idea of politicians riding around in some old pickup truck as if they are a farmer is just more of the same-old political phony baloney.
There are 99 counties in Iowa. Let that sink in.
Where’s Christy and Hillaryous? Driving the chuck wagon?
Each county has a caucus? If so, the secret is having an organization in each county to make sure the supporters get out to vote. Correct? That takes money...and Trump has the money - as does Bush and Cruz.
Trump could blanket the area with leaflets, tossed down to the little peoples from his helicopter.
Obama PACKED the caucuses with busloads of ChiCongo voters.
The Iowa caucuses are an electoral event in which residents of the U.S. state of Iowa meet in precinct caucuses in all of Iowa’s 1,682 precincts and elect delegates to the corresponding county conventions. There are 99 counties in Iowa, and thus there are 99 conventions. These county conventions then select delegates for both Iowa’s Congressional District Convention and the State Convention, which eventually choose the delegates for the presidential nominating conventions.
It’s also about enthusiasm for the candidate. You have to motivate people to go out in the middle of winter and literally stand up for your guy in front of a crowd. You need either a lot of enthusiasm or a bunch of staffers and volunteers to pester people into going. Or so I’ve been told.
Remember how ridiculous John Kerry looked strolling into a hardware store with a ballcap and asking "Can I get me a huntin' license here?" Yes, in those exact words. What an insincere poseur.
How many of Iowa’s 1500+ caucus locations could be packed with Chicagoans without the locals or Hillary’s minions noticing?
Hillary finished THIRD in the 2008 Iowa caucuses. Maybe John Edwards bused in supporters from Glencoe to the hundreds of precinct locations where there weren’t any ChiCongoans.
Here’s a county map from then:
The Iowa Journal is reporting that hillary clinton arrived at the fair in the garb of 'the fat lady.' Fair goers can easily spot the deceiving pumpin pig hillary as she billows forth through the crowd.
LOL! I think you’re right.
Trump wins the opening trifecta and it’s all over but the shouting.
It’s not the delegate counts that will matter in those early days, but the perceived invincibility of the campaign.
If Trump wins Iowa-NH-SC, it will be extremely difficult for anyone to stop his momentum. Extremely difficult, maybe impossible.
Trump wins the opening trifecta and its all over but the shouting.
Which is why TPTB want to chase him out before the first vote is cast. They're not at all confident that he would *not* win the opening trifecta, and if he did, in fact, win it, they would not be able to stop him at all, bar physically killing him, which presents its own problems.
In short, as Roger Stone remarked they *are* literally wetting their pants. They've taken, what, three shots at him now, and what has it accomplished? His position has only gotten stronger. This is something they totally did not foresee, and they are panicking...
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