Robert Stacy McCain is preparing one of his famous roadtrips to Cover Herman Cain’s bus trip in Iowa:

The “Common Sense Solutions” bus tour kicks off Aug. 4 in Des Moines. I’m thinking of booking a one-way flight because it’s my first trip to Iowa and, while I’ll be following Cain’s bus tour across the Hawkeye State, I also want to catch up with as many of the other candidates as I can before the straw poll.

My general idea is to get a solid on-the-ground perspective of the political landscape in Iowa, to talk to organizers, activists and operatives, developing sources so that all I have to do — as we move ahead toward the February 2012 GOP caucuses — is make a few phone calls to get the straight lowdown.

Stacy McCain’s goal is a full $300 less than my goal was 5 days ago, and there are a full 9 days before he has to leave.

We all know Stacy as a live wire, he drinks coffee compulsively, drives much faster than he should, smokes like a chimney, is one of the hardest partiers in bloggerdom, and is willing to drop the blog gloves the moment his honor (or the honor of a friend) is challenged.

He is also one of the most effective shoe leather reporters you’ve ever seen, he’s able to distil a long speech into the one or two most important themes within it without a second thought. He’s incredibly well read, can spot an interesting person in a crowd of hundreds and has a grasp of the English language that many reporters making big money can only imagine. He has the peculiar talent for getting himself where the story is and getting the info that the MSM missed, or chooses not to report. I’ve learned more in the 18 months I’ve known Stacy than a four-year degree could teach me. All he’s learned from me in return is the value of a fedora.

And the fruit of all of this effort, at the cost of time away from his family he offers to the entire world, with only one request. Hit The TIP Jar!

Stacy writes for money and has never pretended otherwise, he is getting ready to tell you another story first hand of a campaign in action. If that’s something you want to read, then head on over to the Other McCain and kick in a buck or two and when it’s written and commented on all over the world, you can look back and say:

“Yes it a really good story, I commissioned it you know.”

Raymond Hanna of Act for America had been scheduled to speak at the Twin City Tea Party last night (July 25th) in Leominster, however due to the appearance of presidential candidate Buddy Roemer he was bumped at the last-minute. He was kind enough to stand for an interview

Hopefully he will be rescheduled for an appearance at a later date.

Last night Buddy Roemer visited the Twin city Tea Party in Leominster Mass (photos here)

It is rather rare for candidates (Particularly GOP candidates) to visit the state, our votes are reliably democratic and Mitt Romney the former governor is a candidate, it might be considered an unorthodox strategy.

It was very clear right from the start that Gov Roemer is a master pol, although arriving slightly late he went from table to table. He made it a point to visit every table and actually take time to talk to people. A photographer from the Sentinel and Enterprise foll wed him around chronicling the event.

After a short introduction from John Weston of WCRN Buddy got to it. He thanked his Massachusetts coordinator and got right to it talking about his time both in Congress and his early days as Governor of Louisiana

He talked about budges and said that this one CAN be balanced

He raised a point about moving jobs overseas and approached it from an environmental standpoint, noting our standards are much higher than China, but stressed that this was due to Big Money in politics noting that we allow companies to deduct foreign taxes from their US taxes. (provision 27a)

Jobs was his primary message and he drove it home.

And then he answered question after question after question (too many to post them all here, I’ll include them over the next several days with individual posts on each question. He peppered answers with a bit of folksy talk but directly answered the questions and wasn’t afraid to take positions not always supported by the GOP.

The most dramatic moment was near the end with former Congressional Candidate and WCRN weekend host Tom Wesley got up and directly wrote a $100 check for the governor (the max he will take) and challenged others to do the same. Quite a few people there followed that example. When everything was done I interviewed the Governor.

Roemer is yet another appealing candidate in a field full of appealing candidates, his determination to take no more than $100 from anyone, and his old fashioned economic populism combined with practical fiscal answers on both the jobs and the budget certainly won over a lot of the crowd, many former democrats like himself. In fact it seems to me his message was not that different from the conservative democrats of the 70’s that were so appealing to me. Can he pull it off, several people doubted he could, his strategy seems to be to keep himself in play long enough in play to move forward. Will slow and steady win the race? We will find out but I’ll tell you this, by focusing on Massachusetts tonight he may have won over an untapped batch of activists who are only a 30 minute drive from the New Hampshire border and THAT’s smart.

Update: My piece for the examiner on the appearance can be found here.