But most of all, says Ford, the musical is an ode to the gumption of Iowa natives during the campaign season. The tune "Anything for a Vote" sends up candidates' willingness to do just that--and the willingness of Iowans to let them. "Why tell him I'm Republican/Until he got the dishes done?" muses one voter.
The musical offers the rest of the country a window into "this unique access that Iowa voters have," says Ford. "And you can see why I'm a supporter of keeping Iowa first. I like this idea that very politically involved Iowans are giving the rest of the country a good picture of the candidates," he adds. "And giving them the kind of scrutiny they wouldn't get anywhere else."
By Paul Bedard