Is Iowa up for grabs? Thompson seems to think so and is spending a number of days there but drew some flak for ducking the press and the crowd this weekend. The most critical part of his week for him may be his meeting with the Des Moines Register editorial board. David Yepsen is well known as the dean of the Iowa press corps and the Register folks are known, as one GOP strategist put it, for “drilling down” during their interviews and pressing candidates on their views. If Thompson impresses and shows a command of his material this could be a boost; if not, it’s a problem.