Iowa Democrats continue to distance themselves from most Iowans. On Sunday, Senate Democrats went to their place of worship, the state capitol, to select their leader for the next legislative session. Don’t these people want to spend Sunday’s with their families? Anyway, Senate Democrats have once again selected Mike Gronstal as their Chief Potentate.
I know a lot of Republicans like to talk about how Gronstal was actually calling the shots, but he’s a short, little dude who is so insecure about his beliefs that he refuses to even his Democrat members vote on the definition of marriage.
It looks like it might be difficult for Gronstal to continue his blockade of marriage issue now that his majority has shrunk from 32 to just 26 after the election. There are a number of weak-kneed Senators who refused to go against Gronstal when he refused to let controversial matter even be debated on the floor of the Senate. Jack Kibbie, who was just re-elected to serve as the President of the Senate, now wants to be able to vote on a constitutional amendment.
Kibbie isn’t a fool. He just saw Tom Shaw win in part of his Senate District. Republicans also almost won the other part of the district as well. Kibbie knows that if he doesn’t move to the center, his legislative career will be over. This is going to be interesting to watch, because if the Senate does vote on the issue I’ll bet money that it passes. If that ends up being the case, Mike Gronstal is going to be embarrassed.
For the past two years, Gronstal has said that gay marriage is the civil rights issue of our time. Ever since the court made its decision on April 3, 2009, he’s been cocky and arrogant. If the chamber he leads suddenly does an about face because of fear of voter retaliation in the next election, Gronstal will lose all of the power that people think that he has.
It’s time for the Republicans in the senate to stand up to this little despot. He may still have his title, but it is he will be forced to work with Governor Branstad and the huge Republican majority in the House. Gronstal has a decision to make, does he want to be retain his power by opposing the Republican agenda, or does he want to keep Democrats in control of the Senate after 2012. From where I sit, I don’t think he can have it both ways.
It will not take long to know the answer to that question.
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