Something special today...the Urbandale Public Library is closed. Equal time for Father's Day!!! Yay and a Happy Father's Day to you and yours. Being a Dad is a wonderment and I am grateful...forever. OK, coffee is on and the world is crazy these days. Let's get into it...politics and gossip because it is Sunday Morning Coffee!
"Norway, if you are listening...". I am so done with this guy. To think, that at one time, the office of the President of the United States meant something. Today the majority of Americans and nations look at our "great leader" and laugh. This past week brought everything to a new low. While countless experts inside and outside of the government warn of potential cyber issues rolling into 2020 the GOP sits on the sidelines because they know and hope this most unpopular president will get the help he needs for re-election.
Meanwhile in the U.S. Senate Mitch McConnell (R-TN) has vowed that the recently House bill on election security will "not get a vote" in the Senate. Of course not...the goal is to protect at all costs...even the very democracy we say we love and wish to defend.
Lies and Liars
So White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is leaving her job as chief liar and presidential apologist. I've often wondered how she sleeps at night knowing that she consistently misleads the American people. But, then again, the apple does not fall far from the tree. One glance at her father gives it away and of course Arkansas fell for that one...too. Happy Father's Day and cue Scaramucci?
We all remember "weapons of mass destruction" and what turned out to be a dud. It wasn't the first time a president lied. But when the Commander-in-Chief lies...daily...how can we believe that Iran is responsible for an attack on an oil tanker? The simple answer is that we can not. And, that's the problem. In business there is one word we hate and that word is "uncertainty". Given the track record of "45' who the hell knows what happened and that is the real danger he has brought to our nation.
I was talking to a friend the other day about politics...and losing. I've been involved in political efforts for decades. As a staffer a candidate and a volunteer. I've won some...and lost others. There is a greater lesson, I believe, in losing than in winning.
Over the past several months I've been having serious conversations with people about public office and the one thing that always comes up is that we, as Democrats, tend to be too timid in our policy decisions. It's not that we don't believe in the policies but that we tend to melt away from the hard-nosed fight. To be sure, there are exceptions. But, far too often we're playing defense when the times demand offense. People follow because they believe that the person who is speaking really, really is going to the mat for the issues that resonate.
It is always about the electorate...always.
It's something to chew on as we ramp up to 2020 and beyond.
Iowa U.S. Senate Race
It's getting more interesting by the day. With three Democrats already announcing their campaigns political folk are hinting there may be more waiting in the wings. Currently Theresa Greenfield, Kimberly Graham and Eddie Mauro are all in to take on Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) next year. Linn County Supervisor Stacey Walker said that he is "considering" a run and J.D. Scholten who ran a great race against Rep. Steve King (R-IA) last cycle says stuff that sounds like a candidate.
Granted the "talk" is just talk and one has to wonder if the strong announcement from Greenfield was enough to freeze the lineup. The one thing that is a bit troubling is the three announced candidates are all from Polk County and one has to wonder how that will play statewide.
No answers here...just questions.
This past week we had a news story that the Labor Department reported there are 1.5 million more open jobs in the United States than there are unemployed people. To put that in perspective if there are 6 million unemployed people in America there are 7.5 million open jobs. That is the biggest spread...ever.
In that same report we learned that there were 3.4 million "voluntary quits" in April. That means folks who are working at a job they hate...left to find employment elsewhere.
All of this is having a big impact on political campaigns. With so many 2020 presidential candidates in the field good talent is being sucked up...quickly. Several campaigns have told me that finding people has been tough.
Bottom line...if you are "so done" with your dead-end job. NOW is the time to move on.
Reminder - Polk County Steak Fry
You're going to get this on a weekly basis you know...the Harkin Steak Fry held in Indianola each year on behalf of former Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) was always a great event. Three years ago the Polk County Democrats, with Tom's blessing, resurrected the steak fry idea and branded it for the party. This year it's going to be massive and there is no better time than NOW to get your tickets. Come on...it will be fantastic!
I was visiting with a young lady the other day who said, "My gosh, you are always so busy and you've got so much going on in your professional life. How do you keep up?" I'm hoping that was a complement.
Oh...and former Vice President Joe Biden was in Iowa last week. Just sayin'.
Today it's off to more softball games. Jovie (grand-daughter) is on a team that has won the first three games of their state tournament. She's the catcher and a damn good one. Later this morning we're going to have to measure her "wing-span". At 11 years old sometimes pitchers can get a bit wild with their pitches but Jovie snags balls low...and really high. It's fun to watch on Father's Day.
Have a great day...and thanks for reading!