Corn and Karger

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Aug. 11 2011 3:11 PM

Corn and Karger

DES MOINES -- Another state fair, another corn poll. Here was how the jelly jars with candidates' faces on them were holding up when I checked them out at 11:30 a.m. here. (Ron Paul's jar was about as full as Cain's, but was taken out for a couple of seconds for some cleaning. Right after I took the photo, a woman voted for Thad McCotter, making Buddy Roemer the only candidate with no corn kernel votes. She refused to say why she'd made that choice.

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Rudy Giuliani made the poll. Fred Karger, a gay Republican consultant who's running, basically, to hassle Romney and the Mormon Church, did not make it. But I did run into him yesterday, at a Polk County GOP fundraiser. He's not on the Ames straw poll, but he has a goal.

"I want to come in twelfth," he said. "Wait -- how many candidates are there? Twelve? Well, then, better than. I think we're going to work on getting some write-in votes, and I want to beat McCotter."

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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