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January 31, 2016

The Iconic Scene from the Iowa Campaign

A giant poster of Donald Trump stands on display in the backyard of supporter George Davey's residence in West Des Moines, Iowa.

If you follow this site, you know I hardly ever use that term. The scene, though, says so much about the campaign so far. I like Patrick Fallon’s version, above, and I like Jim Watson’s also.

A giant poster of Donald Trump stands on display in the backyard of supporter George Davey's residence in West Des Moines, Iowa.

The latter captures Trump as an oddity and a man putting on a show. (How priceless are those lights, by the way? Its got an echo of the old drive in.)

I think Fallon’s shot, the one leading off, though, is much more evocative. It’s so cold, so barren, so desolate — and so angry as to ring in your ears. Without knowing much about these West Des Moines residents, what does it say that someone would erect this monument (while that fence is left to weather)?

If it says anything, it’s that Trump is far less a political figure than he is a proxy.

(photo 1: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg. photo 2: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images. caption: A giant poster of Donald Trump stands on display in the backyard of supporter George Davey’s residence in West Des Moines, Iowa.)

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