An early event is already taking shape in Iowa for potential Republican presidential candidates: A series of lectures organized by social conservative group the Family Leader, headed up by former gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats.
Vander Plaats ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2010, winning 40% in the GOP primary to 50% for ex-Gov. Terry Branstad, who went on to win the general election.
Others have been invited: Mike Huckabee, Mitch Daniels, John Thune, Sarah Palin, Haley Barbour, and Rep. Mike Pence. One name seems to be conspicuous in its absence: Mitt Romney.
Interestingly, the organizers say Romney is invited — they just haven’t been able to contact him!