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The Caucusgoers’ Lament

Get out of our town,

Get out of my face.

You barged into our home.

Your political race.

Those are words you don’t typically hear on the streets of Des Moines, where most residents are happy to talk to the horde of outsiders who have descended on the city for Thursday’s caucus. But a new music video is proof positive that the voting is coming not a moment too soon. Even midwestern warmth has its limits.

Jason Walsmith of the Des Moines group The Nadas and Kyle Munson, a reporter for the Des Moines Register, created the video, “Get Outta Our Town (Caucus Lament).” Walsmith was a guest today on NPR’s “Day to Day,” and his band is sure to play the song at a New Year’s Eve performance.

Perhaps the new found attention will help them manage to get a good table at some local restaurant. They’ve long been booked by New Year’s revelers and politicos.

As Walsmith sings,

All the restaurants are all full.

You can’t find a seat.

You got to be a senator

To find a bite to eat.

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