We are just 22 days away from the general election on November 8th. Candidates are concluding their final drives, knocking doors, collecting endorsements and working to share their message. And then there is Donald Trump who continues to encourage large crowds of people to chat hate messages and denounce people who are not "just like them". Welcome to Sunday Morning Coffee and we're just getting started.
The Des Moines Register
They have finally come to their senses. The Registers Editorial Board made up of president David Chivers; opinion editor Lynn Hicks; editorial writers Andie Dominick and Clark Kauffman; and engagement editor Brian Smith, who last year endorsed Gov. Mitt Romney, have endorsed Sec. Hillary Clinton. As if it would have been any other. Mr. Trump has gained the endorsement of the Santa Barbara News Press. However, unlike other endorsements there is no rational listed. The paper simply has: "The Santa Barbara News Press Endorses: President - Donald J. Trump" that's it. No reason, no copy just the name. But congrats GOP...you now have ONE newspaper endorsement. That's news.
If you have not yet read the Des Moines Register endorsement of Hillary Clinton here you go. But come back?
This is a photo that will be long remembered after the election. It is, as you can see, some of the highest ranking elected officials of the Iowa Republican Party who seem not to care that their presidential candidate is the most polarizing political figure since Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-WI). Iowans will, I trust, remember this photo and the people who fawn over Mr. Trump. Elections and endorsements have their consequences. The only other person up for election in the group is Rep. Steve King (R-IA) who, because there is a lack of intellectual communication in the 4th District (Could it be the lack of NPR?) the people there have continued to send this guy to Congress. However, in light of everything we know...you have the opportunity to send a caring, bright and level head to DC in the person of Kim Weaver. So, go do it!
Meanwhile King refuses to debate Kim Weaver. No doubt he is worried about having to defend his racist comments and his "white supremacy" line or maybe he just can't stand the thought of getting trounced by a women...
Speaking of women. Not one to shrink from the press I thought I had a great idea this past week. In light of more and more women coming forward and accusing the presidential nominee of groping them I thought it would be fun to get a Trump t-shirt and stand on a corner with a sign that said, "Free Gropes". My wife suggested that was a bad idea. However, I must have been on the same wave-length as our contributor Tim Lloyd when he designed this weeks cartoon. Yes, it seems we have gone from the "Audacity of Hope" the the "Audacity of Grope". Well done my friend...what amazing things we have come to witness.
More Iowa Politics
I visited for a bit with the Chair of the Iowa Democratic party, Dr. Andy McGuire last evening. No, I did not go to the Iowa Democratic Party Fall Gala (which is such a sophomoric name...should have gone with the Hughes-Harkin Dinner) but I did see her following another day of barnstorming Iowa. She told me she had been to several communities in Eastern Iowa including Fairfield. I believe, and I may be partial here, but Andy has got to be the hardest working Democratic Party Chair in years. I expect her to run for governor in 2018...that would be fantastic.
Castro the Good
The headliner for the Democratic Fall Gala was the "Good Castro" (well one of two) Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) came to town and offered up rational as to why America should elect Hillary Clinton and said, "For America to win, Donald Trump must lose!" He went on to talk about experience and leadership. Former Governor Tom Vilsack also spoke and talked about his personal experience with Hillary and how she came to his aid with fund raising and support in his run for governor. It was a message of loyalty.
One More Thing
There is a real danger looming in the United States. Donald Trump continues to tell his supporters that the election is "rigged" and when November 9th comes around and Trump loses badly there are many in America who will believe it. With Trump going "nuclear" on not only Secretary Clinton, the "Never Trump" folks and the election itself there are mounting fears that a segment of the nation, who also thrive on conspiracy theories, will cause chaos on day one.
Right now many in the Republican Party are being urged to voice their support in the faith of our election process. Some are...others are not and continue to put themselves and their ambition ahead of the common good. But, we should have expected it.
It's been a busy week and this evening begins the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. The building of temporary shelters has been going on for several days following Yom Kippur and this evening millions of Jews will "dine" in those same temporary shelters. For a lesson on what Sukkot is here is a direct link and a photo of our Sukkah.
If you are celebrating...Chag Sameach (Joyous Festival) to you and yours.
One other thing...the Iowa Wild won last night on a goal by newcomer and first season left winger Alex Tuch. We are now 1-1 on the season. Thank you!
Thanks for reading and have a great week!