Journal October 2008

Schlock and Awe

Our election blogger’s scrapbook: grilling pork, frisking suspects, spinning the press, and other Kodak moments from the campaign trail

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The Five-Second Rule: You can barely see the top of Mitt Romney’s hair in this photograph from the Iowa State Fair in mid-August. It was about 100°, and Romney had just shown up at the Iowa Pork Producers’ pavilion to participate in the traditional grilled-pork photo op. The cameras are pointed downward because Romney had just dropped a piece of pork on the ground and then scooped it up and put it back on the grill. That’s a no-no.

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic associate editor. He blogs at marcambinder.theatlantic.com.

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