The 2016 presidential election just keeps surprising.
Attendees at a Donald J. Trump rally here Saturday were greeted by a unexpected guest with a familiar face: Senator Charles E. Grassley, Iowa’s senior senator and a member of Congress for over 40 years.
Mr. Grassley did not come to the event to offer an endorsement for Mr. Trump. But by merely appearing behind a podium with a “Trump” sign on it and saying that he wanted to “make America great again,” Mr. Trump’s signature phrase, the pillar of Iowa Republican politics sent a powerful message to potential caucus-goers just over a week before the Feb 1 vote.
Recognizing the energy Mr. Trump has tapped, Mr. Grassley began his remarks by saying, “I’m happy to be here with such an enthusiastic group and this candidate. And I want Mr. Trump to know I appreciate his support for me and most importantly for Iowa being first in the nation and our all-important Iowa caucuses.”...
Mr. Grassley’s interest in the presidential candidates is not entirely related to his interest in shaping his party’s nominating process. He is up for re-election this fall and surely knows he will need the sort of anti-establishment voters backing Mr. Trump.