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June 9th, 2009

Deace’s Take: Paul McKinley

deace1Of all the people on this mock ballot, McKinley’s candidacy is the least plausible.

That’s because McKinley managed to do something that is nearly impossible for a Republican leader with any shrewdness whatsoever to do: get caught with your pants down on a social issue while in the minority.

Usually Republican leaders sell out their Christian conservative base after that base works tirelessly to make the majority, not while in the minority. On the other hand, as a minority party Republicans are often the most principled politicians in the world. So for McKinley to get caught in his first go around as Republican State Senate Leader with his pants down by not having a marriage amendment on file for the 2009 legislative session is either total incompetence, the worst clerical error in the history of the office, or the most cynical brand of politics.

And no matter what McKinley says to the contrary, he’s simply not being honest by asserting there was no way to suspend the rules in the senate to pursue a vote on a marriage amendment like what was done in the house. (See here)

Of course, the one plausible reason McKinley continues to maintain this untruthful position is because without having a marriage amendment filed this legislative session, it obviously wouldn’t be possible to force a procedural vote on a bill that didn’t exist.

A cynic might eventually look at the person(s) funding McKinley’s campaign and simply wonder if he’s just in the race to run interference for another candidate in the race, just as Fred Thompson did on behalf of his friend John McCain during the presidential race. Once we get a look at disclosure reports the truth will come out if that’s the case, because beyond that there is no rationale for his candidacy whatsoever.

I’ll be the 2010 GOP gubernatorial nominee before McKinley is.

About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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