Hey Mitt, Jeb, Bobby, Marco, and Rand: Here's What You Missed by Skipping the Freedom Summit

The drama of Iowa.

Attendees await the start of the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

DES MOINES, Iowa—Nobody knew where the bat came from. Only a couple of people even noticed it. An hour after the wrap of the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday, as a few dozen reporters pounded out their stories and argued with absent editors, a winged rodent flew from side to side of the Hoyt Sherman Place's elegant ceiling.

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