The Republican campaign: Jeb Bush affects joyfulness in Iowa

August 15, 2015 2:15 AM

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The Republican campaign: Jeb Bush affects joyfulness in Iowa

IOWA is an easy state to mock. It is full of cornfields and its most famous annual festival, the Iowa State Fair, is an 11-day tribute to agriculture and over-eating best known for deep-fried food on sticks (including battered, deep-fried chunks of butter). The longest queue is the one to file past a life-size butter sculpture of a cow: to avoid melting, the yellow beast is kept chilled behind a large window, making the experience oddly reminiscent of viewing the embalmed Chairman Mao. Your columnist loves it all. More importantly Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, gives every sign of enjoying it, too.

That matters. Mr Bush is running to be the Republicans’ presidential nominee and Iowa is home to the first contest of the presidential season. In truth nobody expects Mr Bush to win Iowa, a state whose Republican voters tend to favour social conservatives. It matters more that a happy Mr Bush finall...

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