June 10th, 2010

2010 Primary Losers

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Written by: Krusty Konservative

It’s always easy to figure out who the winners are from election night. Just turn on the TV and look who they are interviewing. The losers are sometimes a little bit more difficult to spot. I also don’t think it is necessary to list candidates who lost, I think they all went through enough on election night.

I’ll have a list of winners later, but lets look at the losers today.

Campaign for Liberty:

The campaign for Liberty saw its congressional candidate in the 1st CD get crushed by Ben Lange. Lange had limited resources, but appealed to 1st CD Republicans. I thought Will Johnson would have done better, but I was wrong. The reason I put the Campaign for Liberty on this list is because of the tasteless actions of Drew Ivers.

Ivers, who was recently elected to the Republicans State Central Committee, sent out a blistering letter attacking Sandy Greiner, who is now the Republican nominee in Senate District 45. If there is one thing that I cannot stand on the State Central Committee are people with a conflict of interest.

If you want to be a bad ass Campaign for Liberty guy be my guest, but then don’t volunteer to lead the Republican Party in Iowa if you are going to be attacking other Republicans. The same is true for anyone else that has a major conflict of interest. Ivers is pissed at Greiner for the attacks that the American Future Fund made on Rand Paul.

If you want to ruin your church, talk $hit about your pastor.

If you want to ruin you marriage, talk $hit about your wife.

If you want to ruin the Republican Party, talk $hit about other Republicans.

The Tea Party Movement:

The Tea Party Movement lost its way in the primary. I understand why they backed a guy like Funk, he embodied everything that the movement stands for, but their support of Vander Plaats was odd. Yes, Vander Plaats was solid on the 10th amendment and better than Branstad on a number of issues, but backing a single-issue candidate who only appealed to social conservatives couldn’t have played well with Tea Partiers. They had the ultimate big tent, never focused on social issues, and then all of a sudden the Tea Party is all about gay marriage?

Bill Salier – Everyday America:

I don’t have a problem with a guy like Salier backing guys like Funk and Reed. I get it, those guys were just doing what Salier himself did back in 2002. Unfortunately they had the same result. The difference is that Salier got 42% statewide, while these guys got less than 25% in a congressional district.

Where Sailer got all crazy was in Senate District 45, where he attacked Sandy Greiner, and then endorsed Rich Marlar. Marlar couldn’t break 12%. Greiner won with over 65% of the vote.

Salier also endorsed perennial candidate and perennial loser George Eichhorn. Sailer backed a guy who voted to give the kids of illegals in state tuition. and then endorsed Vander Plaats who wanted to get tough of illegal immigration. Houston, we have a consistency problem.

He did get Tom Shaw right, but that really wasn’t a surprise, most people expected Tom to win, including House leadership and the State Party.

Vander Plaats for Governor – Lost
George Eichhorn for Secretary of State – Lost
Rick Marlar for State Senate – Lost
Dave Funk for Congress – Lost
Christopher Reed for Congress – Lost
Tom Shaw for State House – Won

Salier’s batting average in the primary was horrible.

Iowa Family Policy Center:

I don’t think I need to spend my time writing much about the folks at IFPC. For a group that hates gambling they placed an all in bet on a poor hand and now they need to find a way to rebuild relationships with people whose help they may need t advance their agenda.

Bob Vader Plaats for Governor – Lost
Jim Heavens for State Treasurer – Lost
George Eichhorn for Secretary of State – Lost
Roger Billings for State House – Lost
Credibility of their organization – Lost

Mike Huckabee:

Huckabee’s entire Iowa operation backed Vander Plaats. He had the same campaign manager (Woolson), political director (Enos), radio host (Deace), grassroots team (identical), media team (Vickers). That team couldn’t follow up Huckabee’s caucus victory. It reminds me of all the social conservatives who thought they were the reason why Bush was re-elected in 2004. They very well could have been the reason, but they spent more time in 2006 and 2008 reminding people how powerful they were than helping get conservatives elected.

About the Author

Krusty Konservative
Herschel Krustofski is the pseudonym for the anonymous author of Krusty Konservative, a blog which focuses on Iowa Politics. Created in February of 2006, Krusty Konservative is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the Iowa blogosphere. Since its conception, Krusty Konservative has never shied from tackling controversial issues, and providing insight to the inner workings of Republican politics in Iowa.

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