BOONE, IOWA — Yesterday, Newbie Sen. Joni Ernst (R.-Iowa) rode her Harley with Wisconsin’s governor and GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker, here at the senator’s “Roast and Ride,” a motorcycle-and-barbecue-themed cattle call which Ernst organized.
Since 2004, Iowa, with its early caucus process for each of its 99 counties, has diligently and successfully attempted to upstage New Hampshire for media attention as some Americans wake up and begin to think about whom they should elect to be the leader of the free world.
All GOP presidential candidates were invited to attend. So neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio, and Lindsey Graham, all of whom would like to move into the White House on January 20, 2017, showed up. Each of them was allowed to speak.
But it was Walker, who grew up in Iowa, who stole the show.
Although Walker has not yet announced for president, he will have a huge advantage in Iowa when he does announce because of the spillover effect from the Badger State to The Hawkeye State.
The governor’s day began at a Harley-Davidson dealership in Des Moines. A longtime motorcycle enthusiast who counts himself as the proud owner of a Harley Road King, Walker arrived wearing blue jeans, black gloves and boots, and a Harley-Davidson jacket. While other Republican candidates held their own events nearby, only Walker availed himself of the chance to ride with Ernst, trailed by several hundred bikers, on a 39 mile ride through the roads of central Iowa.
Bystanders gawked and asked for Walker's signature.
But the mainstream media failed to report that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has moved to New Hampshire, barged his way into the event and was lifted by a crane onto a Harley. Only a solitary reporter noticed his presence.
Christie, who, generally speaking, knows how to hog media time, was on his hog for 20 seconds before his immense weight and lack of coordination caused him to fall. Perry noticed his rival’s tumble and whispered “Oops," hoping that nobody would hear him.
Not even the solitary reporter offered help. Carson, a vegetarian, gazed into the far distance.