TalkLeft is Going to Iowa Caucuses

Jane of Firedoglake talked me into it. I'll be joining her and other bloggers in Des Moines from December 31 through January 4 to cover the Iowa caucuses being held Jan. 3.

The race is so close between Hillary, Obama and Edwards that it's just too exciting not to be there personally and analyze the dynamics, the mood, the goings-on and the last minute efforts of the candidates to get out the vote.

If you are able to send a few bucks TalkLeft's way for expenses (or even just for holiday cheer) that would be very appreciated.

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    I second the Drake Diner and you can also (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by JSN on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 01:00:23 PM EST
    watch the Ruan Building rust.

    i'm jeal. (none / 0) (#1)
    by Jgarza on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 10:36:04 AM EST
    hey you never answered my question, were you part of the firedoglake team that covered the Libby trial?

    Yes (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 10:50:20 AM EST
    I covered the Libby trial with Jane and Marcy and posted some on Firedoglake. Arianna of Huffington Post got me my press pass and most of my coverage was at HuffPo. I also posted at TalkLeft.

    Ohh (none / 0) (#4)
    by Jgarza on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 10:55:56 AM EST
    That was some awesomeness.  I think you guys embarrassed the MSM, because your coverage was so much more insightful and thorough than any crap they printed.  They looked like amateurs.

    Someone should really put all your coverage on that on its own web page, or in one place. I think it will have real historical value.


    Des Moines in January (none / 0) (#3)
    by JHFarr on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 10:53:24 AM EST
    Hahahaha. Well, you'll love it. Went there every Xmas for almost 25 years, was trapped by cold and weather many times. Be prepared to extend your stay. Colorado is like the Bahamas by comparison.

    Go eat at the Drake Diner. There, I gave you a good tip. Plus, you really ought to read the Bill Bryson book about growing up in Des Moines. If you have a chance, which you won't, go to Dubuque instead, then drive up to Balltown and have some fried ice cream.

    Iowa is a very interesting place. We could trade the whole Confederacy for two Iowas and still come out ahead.

    JH (none / 0) (#5)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 10:58:13 AM EST
    What's that steak place near Grinnell in which you pick it out and they cut it and ... if I remember right.... you grill... had a big fireplce..

    Gree re Des Moine in January. (none / 0) (#6)
    by oculus on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 12:04:55 PM EST
    What is the title of the Bryson book, if you remember?  I think I'm finally far enough removed from Iowa to read it.

    The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: (none / 0) (#7)
    by oculus on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 12:22:27 PM EST
    A Memoir.

    Bryson was born in 1951.


    Misery Loves Company... (none / 0) (#8)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 12:45:37 PM EST
    ...and that certainly applies to spending the New Years in Dead Moines. I should know, having spent 25 winters there.  

    Are you lucky enough to be be staying at the Downtown Marriott or Hotel Fort Des Moines? In not, you'll probably be stuck out in the hinterlands.  

    At least the food will be good--if you like dairy, meat and Italian.   And, the people, for the most part, are some of the best you'll ever want to meet.

    If you bring me back some Anderson-Erickson dip (Party or French Onion), small curd cottage cheese and some Hiland potato chips, I will make it worth your while!

    yes (none / 0) (#11)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 01:16:36 PM EST
    we'll be at one of those. Forget the cottage cheese, but I'll keep an eye out for the dip and chips.

    What???? Stirzling are the best (none / 0) (#12)
    by oculus on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 01:19:59 PM EST
    potato chips in the world and made in Burlington.

    there's a non-hinterlands (none / 0) (#9)
    by cpinva on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 12:55:20 PM EST
    in iowa?

    In not, you'll probably be stuck out in the hinterlands.

    be honest jeralyn, she probably didn't have to twist your arm too awfully hard, any old excuse for a party. even if it is in iowa.

    come to think of it, the words "party", and "Iowa", in the same sentence, would have to be, by definition, an oxymoron!

    sorry, low-hanging fruit. lol

    If the suburts of Des Moines are hinterlands, (none / 0) (#13)
    by oculus on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 01:21:34 PM EST
    pity the rest of the state.  I grew up in Burlington, which is the fifth largest city in the State of Iowa.  Population always hovers around 30,000.

    Burlington might as well be Illinois (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 02:11:56 PM EST
    I'm sensing a Mississippi coast bias in your postings, Oculus.  

    We didn't have have Spitzing chips in the Capital City, so Hiland's are what I was raised on and what my sensitive palate still craves.  Ah, those Iowa potatoes...

    I don't have pity on anyone who willingly resides in the Hawkeye state.  It is a choice after all.  Fine for some, but not all.  Great place to be from, as they say.  Great place to raise a family as well.  But otherwise?

    That's why I left for bright lights and big city that is Denver many years ago and only go back to watch a football game now and again.


    I'm a permanent ex pat also. (none / 0) (#15)
    by oculus on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 02:42:31 PM EST
    A good friend of my brother's, on the other hand, after many years living in Chicago, bought an old house on the bluffs above the Mississippi (see, I can still spell it!), restored the house, and moved back to Burlington.  However, he and his wife still have a wonderful condo with a view of Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan near Old Town in Chicago.

    Looks like I not only misspelled but also (none / 0) (#16)
    by oculus on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 02:53:48 PM EST
    exaggerated.  Stirzing is the most popular potato chip in SE Iowa.



    If no one chips in (none / 0) (#17)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 03:57:18 PM EST
    I'll be eating at the 5 and dime and not buying any gourmet goodies. Less than $100 so far...aren't any of you interested in coverage of the Iowa caucuses?

    Bon Voyage (none / 0) (#18)
    by msobel on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 08:29:31 PM EST
    Outdo the MSM like you did for the Scooter Libby trial. (Check's in the Paypal)