Rightwing whackjob Rep. Steve King faces a serious Democratic challenger.
King, a six-term Republican congressman, is facing what could be his toughest challenge yet from Jim Mowrer, an Army veteran who was born and raised on a farm in the district. Mowrer was active in Joe Biden’s presidential campaign in 2008 and has already tapped the Vice President to appear at a fundraiser on his behalf. Taking advantage of some of these connections, Mowrer outraised King by over $70,000 and has a $35,000 advantage in cash on hand over the Republican incumbent.
Surprise! It’s an all male court.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad fires a torpedo at a potential Steve King senate campaign.
Political Wire: Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) appeared to suggest that Rep. Steve King (R-IA) “either is not running or should not run for the U.S. Senate,” Radio Iowa reports.
Said Branstad: “I really believe that Iowans want somebody that will serve in the Senate that will be an Iowa problem solver, not another congressman. You know congress is a mess. We’ve seen them spend a trillion dollars more than they take in every year and so the Democrats have decided, ‘Well, we’re going to send up another congressman.’ That’s the last thing we need is another congressman in the United States Senate.”
My money’s on Branstad saying King “should not run.” You don’t say that congress critters like Steve King suck and everyone hates them if you’re a big fan of the man. It looks a lot more like he’s trying to sabotage any potential King campaign.
And why wouldn’t he? Steve King is Michele Bachmann in boxer shorts. The guy is rightwing loon and everyone in the GOP with any brains predicts he’d become the next Todd Akin if he ran for Senate. It would most likely be a disaster. He’d blow the seat and embarrass the party at the same time.
It’s not that “the last thing we need is another congressman in the United States Senate,” it’s that the last thing Republicans need is this congressman on the campaign trail, being himself.
Winning over women voters: you’re doing it wrong.
A bill introduced by nine Republican state lawmakers in Iowa on Wednesday would define abortion as “murder,” sending doctors and raped women who terminate pregnancies to jail.
The bill defines a “person” as “an individual human being, without regard to age of development, from the moment of conception, when a zygote is formed, until natural death.”
“Murder includes killing another person through any means that terminates the life of the other person including but not limited to the use of abortion-inducing drugs,” the measure states without making any exceptions for rape or incest.
Republican state Rep. Rob Bacon, who is co-sponsoring the bill, told the Ames Tribune that he wanted to “protect the life of the unborn” because “[t]here’s still some of us that believe life begins at conception.”
Remember, Republicans are totally different now, so women are encouraged to flock to the party. How are they different? Well, don’t you worry your pretty little head over that. Just remember that the GOP has a big tent and the only price of admission is a kick in the head — provided you’re not a white male. They still get in for free.
A bad day for Mitt Romney.
Republican Mitt Romney is struggling in the swing state of Iowa at a perilous point: just as voters there start casting early ballots in the presidential race.
President Barack Obama has a clear lead in Iowa opinion polls, helped by the fact that the state’s economy is far more robust than that of other battleground states. The president’s polling edge is so wide, it has prompted grumbling among Iowa Republicans who fault Romney for failing to take advantage of Obama’s weakened standing in the four years since Iowa launched his bid for the White House in 2008.
“There still is time to win, but we are in the fourth quarter,” said Nick Ryan, a veteran Iowa Republican strategist.
That’s a not quite accurate metaphor. According to the report, “A Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist Poll taken last week found Romney trailing Obama by 8 percentage points, a finding that mirrored recent internal polls from Democrats and Republicans alike. The poll also found that just 40% had positive feelings about Romney, down from 43% in May. Conversely, Obama saw his favorability rating improve to 53% from 48% over that same period.”
So Romney’s down 8 and voting is happening right now. Mitt needs to make up a lot of lost ground and every minute, as voters cast their ballots, that ground is becoming more and more unrecoverable, because every time a vote is cast, it represents one more mind that it’s too late to change.