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What The Hell Was That?
I am NOT going to gloat about the election because I told you months and months ago how it was going to shake out. My prediction that President Obama was going to win big was based on the reality that the majority of Americans are sick to death of fear and made up stories and silliness. That was before the Republicans nominated Gov. Romney. Following the GOP convention it became more apparent that nobody seemed to know "which Romney" was running. It was a matter of trust and Americans simply did not know what they were getting. You see, I live at "ground zero" when it comes to politics. When over 45% of the delegates to the GOP convention are convinced that President Obama is not a US citizen...ya got troubles with reality. Thankfully the voters did not. Let's move on...
The "New" GOP?
Moments after the election the "finger pointing" began. Political observers were quick to suggest that the Republican Party needed to "change their ways" in order to come into line with the changing face of the United States. That a party made up of "old white guys" does not reflect the values of our nation. And on it went. I disagree. I believe the GOP needs to stay the course. They need to be more concerned with the uterus than with jobs. They need to be more concerned with "welfare queens" than finding answers to poverty. They need to continue to work on defining love and marriage only as they see fit. They need to continue to propose fiscal policy that rewards the wealthy and reduces the middle class to serfs. They need to continue to alienate Latinos and call for fences, walls and no path to citizenship. They need to continue to hold to their firm "Christian Agenda" and replacement theology ideals. My friends...do not...under any circumstance change and move one inch to the left. Stay the course my good brothers...stay the course!
Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda...
My friend Christie Vilsack lost to Rep. Steve King (R-IA). Perhaps it's time to simply write off the western portion of Iowa and allow it to become Nebraska. That being said, how different things might have been if my friend Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA) had retired and allowed Mrs. Vilsack to run in this congressional district. Had that happened we might have seen the first women elected to congress from Iowa. The good news is that Iowa will continue to be the center of silliness nearly every time Mr. King opens his mouth. Update: Steve King for the US Senate! That is the new call being issued in the wake of his victory. The gossip is he wants to take on Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) in two years. Trouble is, the rest of Iowa isn't quite as silly as Western Iowa.
Speaking of "silly" did you see that Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) was retained? I am honestly trying to come to grips with that and wondering if there is a way to carve out Western Iowa and merge that with this section of Minnesota and come up with another planet. Stunning...simply stunning. However she is hotter than Jim Graves...maybe that's it.
Jerry Sandusky of Penn State, General Petraeus of the CIA, Dr. Peter Gray of the University of Iowa and now an allegation of a nine-year sexual harassment case involving, for crying out loud, the CEO of Waffle House, Joe Rogers. What the hell is going on? Here is the bigger issue: Stop and think for a moment just how many sexual firestorms are going on we never hear about. How many individuals face sexual harassment in the workplace every day? How many families endure the pain and keep quiet? It makes ya dizzy. Now (and I don't want you to leave for long) I'd like for you to follow the "Comment Section" regarding the Joe Rogers/Waffle House situation reported by CNN. I think you will find what is written by anonymous people shocking and disturbing. And why in the hell news outlets allow this crap to go on defies any reasonable explanation. Go ahead....but...come back?
"Stunning" was the word I used when local Republicans in Polk and Dallas County (Iowa) selected a West Des Moines City Councilman rather than allow John Ward (R-Clive) to run for his recently deceased wife's seat in the Iowa State Senate. Rather than turn to Mr. Ward (who was featured, profiled and held up in many local media outlets over the past two weeks) the GOP decided to go all in with...a guy that pledged $20,000 of his own money. The other person, who has name recognition,was Isaiah McGee. The selection of McGee to face Desmund Adams would have pitted two African-Americans against each other...in IOWA...and would have created a buzz across the country. And it would have been balm for Isaiah who was rejected in 2011 by the Democratic controlled state senate for the post of the Director of the Department of Human Rights. But...no...these folks went with the cash and selected Charles Schneider a hard-line conservative to wave their banner.
Not Ready for Prime Time?
On Friday two news outlets wanted to get statements from the candidates for Iowa Senate District 22. KCCI -TV8 and WHO-TV13 called both Desmund Adams and Charles Schneider for an on camera interview. Mr. Adams said yes to both but Mr. Schneider declined the interviews. Uhm... Chuck here is a quick heads up and a marketing tip: You've got four weeks to try to overcome twenty months of work done by Desmund Adams and his team. This isn't a good start. Meanwhile the Des Moines Register might actually pay attention to this race...or so they said on Friday.
A quick side note to this story: While WHO-TV-13 made good on both of their requests (see photo above with reporter Krystle Kacner) KCCI TV-8 Iowa's News Leader failed (two for two) to do interviews. The second request (yesterday at 2:45PM) came with a promise to show up and a phone call...but they never did. We had to call THEM at 6PM. Dave, you might want to have a conversation with your employees about...being professional.
There is yet no winner for the Iowa House District 43. The election results show that Tea Party favorite and follower of Todd Akin (R-MO), Chris Hagenow (R-Windsor Heights) leads Susan Judkins (D-Clive) by 22 votes. Susan Judkins is going through the recall vote but catching up even twenty-two votes is going to be a tall order. However there is always hope. Oh...and NEVER let it be said that your vote does not make a difference. I know Susan and she worked hard knocking doors and working on gathering support from not only Democrats but also Republicans...after all she once was one. What made the difference? Could it be that the Iowa Democratic House Minority just didn't have the cash to run against the thousands of dollars of TV ads placed by the Iowa GOP? I think...so. But, for sure, it was not the lack of work on Susan's part. Stay tuned.
Justice David Wiggins
Retained. So...shut up.
University of Iowa Football
They lost to 0 - 5 Purdue. Shut up.
Today is Veterans Day. Before I finished Sunday Morning Coffee my own coffee got cold because I was reading a wonderful Des Moines Register piece by Mike Kilen with photos by Christopher Gannon, "Iowa Heroes - A Salute to World War II Veterans". I can add nothing to the words of the ten men who who, in their words, describe their war experiences and how those events altered their lives...and ours. In reading this piece I thought back to my father z"l who served in on a Navy LST in the Pacific. He never talked about it much. But, from time to time, he would get that far-away look in his eyes when a flag passed by in a parade or he would hear "Taps".
Today isn't a day to buy furniture or a TV at some cooked up "Veterans Day Sale". Today is a day to remember and be grateful. Thank you...to all our Veterans.
Have a wonderful Sunday...