Iowa Loves a Businessman

Mitt Romney got slapped around by hecklers (meet a charming one here) at the Iowa State Fair, in an episode one longtime Iowa political observer described as almost certainly prefabricated. But on the fairway, Romney was the leading candidate — he definitely won the T-shirt primary, at any rate. The only campaign swag in evidence was Romney’s.

When people think of commerce in Iowa, they tend to think of corn- and pig-intensive enterprises. But Iowa is of course much more complex than that, and Romney’s business background seems to resonate with a surprising number of Iowa voters, considering the fact that Romney has been AWOL from this week’s dog-and-pony show straw poll in Ethanolistan.

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