My take on the Iowa Republican Party shake-up? Purely cosmetic. Expect business as usual. Iowans will see the same anti-choice, anti-gay, anti-environment and anti-labor rhetoric and policy proposals that are standard practice for both Governor Branstad and the GOP-controlled Iowa House.
Sure, so-called “liberty movement” Republicans are out. Theocrats and big business Republicans are in. But there is no substantive difference, and real world problems will be met by the same lack of vision and lack of empathy for the common person that have become standard for modern-day Republicans.
I do need to give the ousted Ron Paul supporters credit for one thing. They weren’t afraid to challenge the power brokers within the Party. Of course, that’s a big part of why they were ousted.
One impact could be positive for Iowa – one based on image, not substance. National poobahs, both Republican and Democrat, will prognosticate that the Iowa Republican Party has transformed itself, has become more representative of the electorate. They’ll reason that Iowa has redeemed itself after the caucus fiasco of 2012. Thus, it’ll be harder for Iowa’s detractors to argue we are unfit to host the first-in-the-nation presidential contest.
For that reason, Iowa Democrats ought to send Terry Branstad a thank you note on a slip of paper. But make sure that slip of paper is pink, so it can double as notice that Branstad’s reign of error is finished.
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Thanks! – Ed