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A Word of Sympathy for Candidates Who Did Not Do Well in the Ames Voting

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It really would stick in the craw
To find that you had to withdraw
From such a big race
For not keeping pace
In a poll that was nothing but straw.

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Calvin Trillin
Calvin Trillin, the author of Random House's Deciding the Next Decider: The 2008 Presidential Election in Rhyme,...

That's certainly true of Lamar,
Whose finish did not approach par.
The oxygen drain
That caused his campaign
Will put it beyond CPR.

It's hard to remember before
Lamar joined the candidates corps.
He runs with such zeal
The chances are he'll
Reappear there in 2004.

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