The dog days of August mean -- or should mean -- just one thing for political junkies: The Iowa State Fair.
The fair is one of the Fix's favorite political events -- particularly in a presidential election year. It was at the state fair that Mitt Romney uttered the "corporations are people, my friend" line that went on to haunt him. It's where they hold a mock presidential vote using corn kernels. It's where they fry things that probably should never be fried and they put things on a stick that really don't belong there. And it's where the butter cow lives.
The butter cow, for those of you don't know, is exactly what it sounds like. A cow made of butter. It's been a feature of the fair since 1911. (Read the history of the cow. It's worth it.)
On Sunday morning, an animal rights group doused the butter cow in red paint. It's currently the top story on the Des Moines Register site. This is big news in Iowa. Here's a picture of the cow in question courtesy of the Register.
And the butter cow, in better days.
Never fear, the cow has been cleaned up with little damage done.