The Corner

Dean & The Music Man

A reader e-mails:

Howard Dean should have listened to Meredith Willson’s Music Man more as a child. At least his “Iowa Stubborn” song.

Townspeople:

Oh, there’s nothing halfway

About the Iowa way to treat you,

When we treat you

Which we may not do at all.

There’s an Iowa kind of special

Chip-on-the-shoulder attitude.

We’ve never been without.

That we recall.

We can be cold

As our falling thermometers in December

If you ask about our weather in July.

And we’re so by God stubborn

We could stand touchin’ noses

For a week at a time

And never see eye-to-eye.

But what the heck, you’re welcome,

Join us at the picnic.

You can eat your fill

Of all the food you bring yourself.

You really ought to give Iowa a try.