I was so lucky to spend the last days of January and first days of February in Jasper County, Iowa working on the final caucus push with some of my favorite people. A dear friend of mine (Hi, Dylan!!) has been running a hugely productive GOTV operation in Jasper County for the past few months and it was so fun to be a fly on the wall and see him in action with the awesome team he built. I am so proud of him.
I got to attend a caucus on Monday night. It is an odd and fascinating thing; and event I can so easily imagine occurring in my own tiny Midwestern hometown. Equal parts bizarre and sweet, folks came out to make their opinions known and eat brownies. Certainly the process has its problems, but there is something innately charming about neighbors getting together and sharing their thoughts with one another.
I had never been to Iowa before. Have you? Do you know that it is take-your-breath-away beautiful and the definition of ‘wide open spaces’? My responsibilities in the days I spent there resulted in a lot of driving around on dirt roads in the countryside and wow, am I so glad that was on the docket. Just look at this place!