I like all the candidates in the Democratic Primary for Governor. But I’m not supporting any of them. My support goes to . . . fairness!
And the way the media and the Iowa Democratic Party have marginalized candidate Bob Krause is blatantly unfair. Krause, like candidates Jack Hatch and Tyler Olson, served in the Iowa Legislature. Like Hatch, Krause ran unsuccessfully for higher office. Like Hatch and Olson, Krause is articulate and intelligent and focuses on important issues. (Ok, when it comes to focusing on issues, Hatch and Krause more so than Olson, whose campaign message is more about image than issues.)
So, why is The Des Moines Register treating Krause like the campaign’s ugly stepsister? And why did the Iowa Democratic Party prevent Krause from speaking at its big annual event this fall? The media and political establishment have no trouble covering a seven-way presidential primary. Why limit gubernatorial primaries to two candidates?
Well, if the Establishment wants a two-candidate-only primary, perhaps it will be Hatch vs Krause now that Olson’s campaign imploded last week with the announcement of his divorce. In a perfect world, voters would not judge Olson’s fitness for public office based on a divorce. And even though commentators and Olson’s supporters are spinning this as no big deal politically, it will indeed be a big deal to many voters in next June’s Democratic Primary. It would be an even bigger deal to General Election voters next November, should Olson win the primary.
My prediction? Olson is toast in this election, though if he handles his exit strategy with grace and begins to show some legislative accomplishments over the next few years, he could still have a promising political future. And keep an eye on AFSCME, the public employees union, which endorsed Olson last month. If AFSCME’s activity on Olson’s behalf is minimal or non-existent over the next few weeks, that’s a pretty good sign that Olson’s campaign is on the rocks. Finally, if Olson drops out sooner rather than later, don’t be surprised to see another prominent Democrat jump into the race, as there are plenty of Party insiders that can’t stand Hatch.
Monday, in a special hour-long broadcast (promoting KHOI 89.1 FM’s seasonal fund drive) from 4:15-5:15 p.m., Steffen Schmidt joins me to discuss how “a paralyzed federal government is leading to states and even cities taking matters into their own hands,” to quote from one of Steffen’s recent opinion pieces. Also on the docket for today, my thoughts on: (1) The Democratic Primary for Governor, (2) Rush Limbaugh calling Pope Francis a Marxist, (3) The shooting last week on Des Moines’ southside, and (4) Where Would Baby Jesus Shop? Amazon or Wal-mart? Answer: Neither.
Tuesday, at the usual time of 6:00 pm, Drake President David Maxwell joins me to discuss President Obama’s controversial proposal on higher education. I also talk with Shuji Mintzmyer of the Iowa Zen Center in northeast Iowa.
Wednesday at 6:00 pm, Climate Marcher John Jorgenson of Arizona is my guest. Other topics for Wednesday’s program to be announced.
Thursday at 6:00 pm, Madi Delk with Des Moines Onstage tells us about the upcoming performance of “I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given To Me By A Young Lady From Rwanda,” a student-led production happening this weekend. Other topics for Thursday’s program to be announced.
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