Bye-Bye Brownback: Mr. Brownback, we barely knew ye. The Associated Press is reporting that Sam Brownback has decided to end his bid for the Republican nomination because he couldn't raise enough money. His low poll numbers and lack of support among the Christian right were most likely a factor, as well. Brownback's momentum stalled when he finished behind Mike Huckabee in the Ames Straw Poll in August. He never found his footing after that.
In honor of the Kansas senator's achievements, Trailhead created this lasting tribute to his campaign. Sam, may you rest in political peace. We can only hope other, more sincere retrospectives will follow.
The former Massachusetts governor and White House hopeful began by attacking Hillary Clinton's tax plan, health care proposal, poll numbers and her husband's presidency at a speech in -- where else? -- the town of Clinton.
It's also where Obama gave a major anti-war speech in September. Best of all, it gives media the chance to drop coy references to "Clinton Republicans."
Luckily, there are plenty more opportunities for ham-fisted geographical metaphors. Candidates might consider campaigning in any or all of the following cities and towns, depending on their message:
And if anyone really wants to go after Fred in the Hawkeye State, there's always the town of Thompson, Iowa—population 600.