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Just when the din of lib­eral pol­i­tics reaches epic pro­por­tions, along comes an event that clears the air. Such is the Iowa Faith & Free­dom Coali­tion’s “Friends of the Fam­ily Ban­quet” on Satur­day evening, which is a for­mi­da­ble and straight­for­ward force in­deed, as­sem­bling at the Iowa State Fair­grounds.

On hand to talk things out with 1,000 pas­tors and grass-roots folk: Sarah Palin, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Rep. Steve King of Iowa, plus Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Iowa Repub­li­can Party na­tional com­mit­tee­man Steve Sch­ef­fler, Faith & Free­dom Coali­tion Chair­man Ralph Reed and Ea­gle Fo­rum founder Phyl­lis Sch­lafly.

While the group de­scribes its mis­sion as “a bat­tle to take back our state and coun­try,” this is def­i­nitely a fam­ily event, and a scrump­tious one.

“No fancy ho­tel food here, and none of that rub­ber chicken,” a spokesman tells In­side the Belt­way. “We’ll be serv­ing roast beef and good roast chicken, green beans, coleslaw, those won­der­ful cheesy kind of pota­toes, ice cream, cook­ies, lemon­ade and cof­fee.” self-de­struc­tive de­ci­sions to man­age a soft­ware project as if it were a top-se­cret cam­paign strat­egy rather than a mis­sion-crit­i­cal com­po­nent of the most am­bi­tious fed­eral en­ti­tle­ment ex­pan­sion in al­most 50 years,” Ms. McAr­dle says.

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