The weekend is going along nicely. No cares. No worries. All is well inside of your bubble and then BANG it's Sunday Morning Coffee and a look at politics and religion sprinkled with some gossip, just for fun. OK, so once you read this you can go back and pretend everything is still the same. Sunday Morning Coffee is served.
It Is Embarrassing
I remember sitting at a long table with a congressman I did not know. Just he and I in Webster City, Iowa...both of us waiting for our opportunity to address fifty or so members of the Iowa Junior Chamber of Commerce at a meeting that was stretching well into the night. Me and Chuck Grassley. I've known now Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) for decades and I've even voted for him a time or two. He has dominated every election since his 8 point win over Sen. John Culver (D-IA) in 1980. It's time for him to go. Once held up as a man of simple means and action his decision, for political reasons, to not hold confirmation hearings to fill a Supreme Court vacancy has tarnished his standing in Iowa. He is up for re-election...again, but now his political stand on refusing to hold hearings is damaging. Enough to beat him in November? Perhaps not but the legacy of that rather simple man may have been, forever, diminished. The Chuck Grassley I visited with long into the spring night in 1980 would not approve...nor do thousands of Iowans.
News of The Weird
Last week a number of news outlets had stories about Donald Trump and how he impersonated his own publicist in media interviews. If you have the time, and I suggest you spend it, here is the story from the Washington Post. Now, when you read this and you remember all the wives, girlfriends and crazy that surrounds Donald Trump you've got to wonder what folks like Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA) is thinking when he says he fully supports the Trump nomination for President of the United States of America. You are all...nuts.
If the thought of living in a country that has elected Donald Trump as president is just too much...there is an out. No, really. There is a website called Maple Match where you can get chummy with a Canadian, perhaps enough so that he/she will sponsor you in your immigration to Canada! No word on if this is the real thing.. Think of it with climate change on the horizon Manitoba could soon be nearly tropical. But, you better hurry President Trump may have to build a wall up north in an attempt to keep the IQ of the United States from falling even further...south. My choice is Israel but to each his/her own.
He stays on message. Even when faced by the question, "When are you going to drop out of the race?" Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) continues to stay on message. Last week the progressive candidate for president won West Virginia and the media, you know the folks who have been talking Trump and Hillary for months to fan their viewer/readership numbers, said that Bernie was becoming an obstacle for Sec. Clinton and that perhaps he should drop out to make it easier for Mrs. Clinton to take on The Donald. His response, "Don't whine to me about Sec. Clinton and her problems..." Ya gotta love it. There comes a time when you have earned the right to say what you really feel. After winning 19 head to head primaries it really is "On to Kentucky" this coming Tuesday. Wonder if they too, like their friends in West Virginia, "Feel the Bern? (Cartoon: Tim Lloyd)
Folks Who Are Not White Privileged
Spare me the stories about how your great-grandfather had to overcome obstacles so that he could put bread on the table in 1939. Spare me the stories of how your ancestors worked hard to overcome being white and privileged. That is not what this means. Now, cast your eye on this piece from the Des Moines Register about education and African-American youth. Then, if you really want to have fun...read what the white folks have to say about the article. You will never truly understand...because you can not.
Meanwhile...if you want a quick visual lesson in diversity click through to the images of executives, reporters and others that work at The Des Moines Register. Uhm...maybe we need to start here?
Let's bring it on home shall we? Our "Birds of a Feather" image this week is of State Representative Peter Cownie (R-WDM). They tell me he is a "nice guy" but he never goes out of his way to meet with voters or the public. Hmmmm...that is not at all like Mr. Trump. However Mr. Cownie is cut from the same political fabric. Those of you in West Des Moines have an opportunity this fall to elect a smart, progressive, engaged woman to represent you at the State House in Claire Celsi. No, really and she will show up. Even at the local level it is Dump the Trump and you have the power to make it happen starting in Iowa Senate District 42. Now go make a donation, volunteer and make a difference.
My friend, Iowa House Member Ako Abdul-Samad (D-DSM), is recovering from knee surgery of the past week. I wondered, while at prayer with him at a local mosque, why he did not pray as others and took a chair instead. I didn't ask but I am grateful that he is well and on the mend. I understand he, just yesterday, had a conversation with a reporter from the Des Moines Register about another friend, Desmund Adams. Thank you...
I also see that my friend David Kelso, most recently working the Bernie Sanders Campaign in Iowa has been hired on as the campaign manager for my friend Kim Weaver who is in a race against Rep. Steve King (R-IA) in Iowa's Fourth Congressional District. David is a good get...
One more? Speaking of Desmund Adams it was quite a day yesterday as he continued his voter outreach among people in Iowa's Third Congressional District. It was a day with a embedded Register reporter. I believe, as the day wore on she came to realize the depth of the broad coalition he has built over the past several years. I understand the piece will be published on Wednesday...we shall see.
If you would like to read a bit more about yesterday here is a link to the blog on DesmundAdams.com BTW - Today Desmund is in Adair County for a forum and then on to Council Bluffs...yes he does get out into the district..all the time!
Thanks for reading and have a great Sunday!