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Iowa State Professor Steffen Schmidt says look at the trends. He notes that both Intrade and the RCP average show the same thing: “Romney is still ahead but flat [while] Huckabee is rising like a rocket but still way behind Romney.” As for Thompson? Among locals there Professor Schmidt says ” I have heard very little mention of him period.”

Now, for those of you who didn’t stay up last night watching the Democrats at the Jefferson Jackson Dinner you missed quite a treat. You missed Tom Harkin bragging how he turned a little project he slipped into the ag bill into a billion dollar program to give kids free fuits and vegatables in schools( and wants to make sure every kid in America get the same) proving under Democrats there are no free lunches but plenty of free snacks. As for the speeches Obama certainly had the crowd going but even in this most important of settings his delivery was not without bumps. Nevertheless he is sharpening his message and is taking shots at the politics of polling. Hillary has a new “turn up the heat” metaphor (on Republicans, against Bush, etc.) which leaves me asking what the heck does that mean ? As for Edwards he is pure populist carnival boker– nothing was gained by free trade( no jobs? no new businesses? he really believes this?) and throwing the lobbyists out and taking immunity away from Blackwater will make things much better. But listen: the Governor, Lt. Governor and a bunch of Congressmen in Iowa are Democrats so someone is buying this.

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