Rick Perry’s energy has been known to flag on the campaign trail, but he was plenty fired up this morning. Visiting with volunteers in west Des Moines, the Texas governor gave 'em their marching orders—quite literally—for caucus day: “This is Concord,” he declared. “This is Omaha Beach. This is going up the hill, realizing that the battle is worthy. This is about sacrifice. Every man and woman has sacrificed your time, your treasure, your reputation."
So They Say
Daily Meme: Full-Court Press
- If you're at a rally in Iowa and you're not a reporter, you're going to feel out of place.
- Journalists are not only the biggest demographic in Iowa; they're also the biggest consumers of the deluge of primary analysis.
- “Iowa matters for one reason only: the media says so.”
- Reporters’ rooting interests shape the campaign…
- …or do they?
- The media crush in Iowa is such that every storyline has worn thin, which is the only explanation for this.
What We're Writing
- Patrick Caldwell reports on Republicans’ sad attempts to rock a high-school crowd in Des Moines.
- John Sides finds that Iowa’s unrepresentativeness is overblown.
What We're Reading
- Rupert Murdoch tweets his support for Santorum.
- Jon Huntsman aims to “pull a Santorum” in New Hampshire.
- Are Republicans in the grip of an existential crisis?
- High-rolling Super PACS did the candidates’ dirty work in Iowa.
- Occupiers use the caucuses to get their message out.
- Santorum’s nephew endorses Paul.
Poll of the Day
A Suffolk University tracking poll shows Romney widening his margin in New Hampshire, with 43 percent to Ron Paul’s 17 and Jon Huntsman’s 9. Romney supporters also say they’re the least likely to change their minds.