The polling results released by TheIowaRepublican.com this morning paint a troubling picture for Governor Chet Culver. I’m sure a lot of people will be talking about his job approval number, the right track/wrong track stuff, but all that really matters is that only 36% of Iowans want to reelect this guy.
And who could blame them?
Culver has made a huge mistake in not wanting to admit he has a spending problem. I actually think a majority of Iowans would sympathize with Culver if he did the right thing and opened the 2010 budget back up and made some changes.
I think there are a number of Iowans who didn’t change their spending habits till just recently. When the markets collapsed they worried, but had faith things would turn around quickly. Since that hasn’t been the case, they are now making those hard decisions on what to cut in their daily budgets. Iowans also expect their leaders to act in the same fashion. Thus far, Culver has continued to be optimistic even though he has a huge budget gap to contend with next year.
Quite frankly, I think it’s too late for Culver to reverse course. The 2010 gubernatorial campaign is already in full swing, and making a radical policy shift like this would in essence prove that his critics were right. Culver is in a very difficult position, but he only has one person to blame, himself.
Who would have thought Becky Beech and Dave Roederer were right-wingers?
SARAH – STAY AWAY, FAR AWAY
What the hell is going on around here? Becky Beech and David Roederer are falling all over themselves to bring Sarah Palin to Iowa. Does anyone else see the hypocrisy here?
Isn’t Dave Roederer the same guy who lectures social conservatives in Iowa about how they need to compromise on their pro-life and pro-traditional marriage positions? Yet, he’s the first one in line wanting to help her. Seems odd. Well, just not as odd as pro-choice Becky Beech doing handstands in the middle of the street trying to get Palin to make a stop in Iowa.
Sarah, I’ve advised a lot of candidates in these pages over the years, but I have to tell you to ask yourself, do these people have your best interests in mind? Look, all they want is for you to come to Iowa and bring the circus (media) with you so they can stuff their pockets with campaign contributions. This isn’t about helping you; it’s about them using you.
I also would ask you how working with all of those former McCain staffers has worked out for you? Roederer, Beach, and the majority of the state party staff all were on the payroll of John McCain at some point last year. Are these really the people you want to help out? Did they have your back during the Letterman fiasco? Did they support you when you had to deal with all the BS that was dealt your way following the campaign? Didn’t think so.
So what should we all take from this.
First, social conservatives need to just shut-up and vote for pro-choice candidates when the party establishment tells us to.
Second, the very same party establishment is just fine with getting their right-winger on if it means money in the coffers.
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