By Emily Geiger
Terry, Terry, Terry… how many chances are you going to need before you finally get it right?
I’m glad to hear (again) that you signed Iowa’s defense of marriage law and that you would support an amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
I’m also glad that you’ve finally stated that you believe the Iowa Supreme Court overstepped its legal bounds.
But, once again, you BOMBED the Joy Corning question. Let’s look at what Terry said to Radio Iowa’s Kay Henderson about gay marriage and his former lieutenant governor, Joy Corning.
First, he starts off avoiding the issue and talking about how people used to think he was too conservative.
“First of all, you know, I’ve been around when I was considered to be the right-wing fringe I guess when I started out in politics and now I have people telling me I’m not conservative enough. But the truth of the matter is I don’t think I’ve really changed that much. I still have the same, basic, fundamental values and beliefs that I’ve always had. I’ve always been a conservative. I’m proud to be a conservative. I became a Republican because I was a conservative. I haven’t changed my viewpoint on that, but I think I’m also a realist and I try to work with everybody and I try to respect other people’s points of view even if they don’t agree with me 100 percent of the time.”
Translation: I try to be all things to all people.
“…It’s the only way you can accomplish things. I mean, I was governor for 16 years. Ten years the Democrats controlled the legislature. You can’t get anything accomplished if you can’t get a majority to pass things and people are not interested in a governor that only wants confrontation. They want a governor that’s going to accomplish things and resolve problems and some people maybe don’t understand that but I’ve lived it and I know that that you’ve got to do that sometimes and I understand some people that are new to politics maybe just don’t understand that, but, I mean, I’ll do my best to try to convince people and to try to make people understand that realities of what needs to happen, but you can still fight for what you believe in and I believe in that (traditional marriage).”
Translation: Hey, remember when I used to be governor for, like, 16 years? Good times, good times…. I was really good at compromising my values then. As I said, good times…. For example, remember when I compromised on gambling, even though I said my core values were opposed to gambling. But, dude, you can totally trust me on marriage.
“But I also believe that somebody that — let’s take (former Democratic State Representative) John Connors. John Connors and I were good friends. We disagreed, strongly, on labor issues, but on education issues, on osteopathic medical education we were in total agreement. We both were strong believers in it. In fact, John Connors, before he died, had been the chair of the foundation from Des Moines General Hospital and made a $100,000 contribution of the funds that were left over from their foundation to Des Moines University, and so I guess what I’m saying is that just because somebody is your adversary on one issue, they may be your best ally on the next.”
Translation: So, now I’m going to try to talk about the Joy Corning situation without actually talking about the Joy Corning situation. ‘Cause, you know, it’s okay to disagree about some things, ‘cause, sometimes even Democrats give you money for stuff that you really, really want. Good times….
This is not that difficult, Terry. First, to answer the Joy Corning question, you actually have to talk about Joy Corning. And, you need to quit talking about how okay it is for people to disagree, especially on issues involving literal life and death.
You need to say something like:
“While I appreciate Joy’s previous service to our state and our party, I am disappointed with some of the actions she has taken since I left office, including her involvement in the Planned Parenthood executive organization and her recent public statements and stances against traditional marriage.
While I believe there is some room for dissent on some issues within the party, Joy must recognize that her positions on these issues are diametrically opposed to the beliefs of the vast majority of Iowa Republicans and the platform they have ratified year after year.
Times are very different from when Joy and I last served our state. Marriage is under attack in our country today as it has never been before. We now have even more scientific proof that life begins at conception and deserves to be respected and protected from that point until natural death.
If the people of Iowa choose bestow upon me the honor of being their governor in 2012, I and my administration with do everything in our power to honor marriage, honor life, and honor the values of the people who have made this state so great in generations past, and in generations to come.”
This would pretty much end the discussion. Of course, this is assuming that this is actually how Terry feels, and no one but Terry knows if that’s the case.
And, now that I’ve laid it out for them, we can be almost certain that the Branstad campaign won’t say anything of the sort. They’ve screwed up just about everything they’ve touched so far, so I’m guessing this won’t be any different.
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