I read the Flash Report so you don’t have to. Its Caucus Day in Iowa. It’s in the middle of winter there, so the combination of winter weather and driving conditions with the voters show up in person format of the caucus means candidates are doing what they can to get the voters to come out.
On today’s Flash Report is a post by State Rep. Doug LaMalfa on Northern California that’s critical of Hillary Clinton for securing 295 SUVs to help get voters to the polls, spreading salt on Iowa’s snow-covered roadways and issuing snow shovels. Doug is perfectly clueless on the effect rock salt has on snowcovered roadways and Iowa farmland.
Having grown up in Upstate New York, which is a lot like Iowa with tough winters and lots of family farms, the county or city entity charges with snow removal routinely puts down a mixture of rock salt and sand to make slick roads more passable in the winter. Affect on farmland is minimal at the very worst. Hillary is likely saving Iowa taxpayers a bit of money by salting the roads for the election.
An SUV can carry more voters than a Prius can, Doug, and a Prius is ill-equipped to haul a trailer full of salt. An SUV is likely a little safer to drve than a bus. As for the snowshovels Hillary is distributing to Iowa voters, I’m sure they will get some use. A different kind of shovel is required for dealing with platforms of the Republican candidates; and every barn in Iowa has one. A narrow blade and a long handle; used for “cleaning the barn.” Honeywagons for Huckabee!