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October 11th, 2013

Romney’s New Digs, Ann’s Caffeinated Burritos, and Ganske’s Message to Farmers Out in the Fields – The Weekly Roundup

Lt. Governor Endorses Joni Ernst – Yawn

Perhaps the worse kept secret in Iowa is that Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds are solidly behind Joni Ernst’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate.  Reynolds made it official this week when she publically announced her endorsement.  Branstad, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to be headed for a public endorsement any time soon.

Reynolds’ endorsement will surely help Ernst, but it could also create some heartburn for the Branstad campaign. The chummy relationship between the Branstad campaign and the Ernst campaign has raised concerns in other U.S. Senate camps.  The fact that the Branstad campaign’s communications director, Jimmy Centers, was standing alongside of Reynolds at the Monday press conference only adds to those concerns.

It is also no secret that the Branstad campaign is organizing its supporters to be delegates at the county, district, and state conventions in an effort to elect new leadership at the Republican Party of Iowa.  If no candidate reaches the 35 percent threshold in the primary, state delegates will select the nominee, which could potentially give Ernst a big advantage.

Ganske Encourages Farmers to Get their Wives a Facelift or Boob job

I always find former Congressman Greg Ganske’s commercials for his plastic surgery practice to be one part creepy and another part funny.  Well, Dr. G didn’t let me down with his newest radio ad that is currently playing on WHO Radio.

The ad features a soft-spoken Ganske addressing farmers who are currently in the fields bringing in the harvest.  His pitch to the farmers is that while they are sitting there, they should think about doing something nice for their farm wives.  Maybe those wives were overly exposed to the sun while working on the farm and could use a facelift.  Or maybe time and gravity has taken its toll on their breasts.  If that’s the case, Ganske is more than willing to give them a lift.

I don’t know if the ads are brilliant or creepy, but I do always remember them.

Mormon Church OK’s Romney’s Caffeinated Burritos

Just when Republicans were about to forget the failure that was the Romney 2012 presidential campaign, the Romneys turn up in the news.  Look, Mitt and Ann Romney are nice enough people, but I don’t understand their continued quest for the spotlight.

The Romneys were recently on Rachel Ray’s daytime talk show promoting Ann Romney’s new cookbook, The Romney Family Table.  Mitt and Ann made their sweet Pork Burritos on the show, which includes two cans of diet Dr. Pepper.  Buzz Feed had a little fun with the use of a caffeinated beverage in the Romney recipe since it is believed that Mormons are not allowed to consume caffeinated drinks.

However, in 2012, the Mormon Church clarified its position stating, “Despite what was reported, the Church revelation spelling out health practices (Doctrine and Covenants 89) does not mention the use of caffeine. The Church’s health guidelines prohibits alcoholic drinks, smoking or chewing of tobacco, and ‘hot drinks’ — taught by Church leaders to refer specifically to tea and coffee.”

I guess the joke’s on Buzz Feed.

Or maybe not!  I highly recommend reading this news article about the topic from a Salt Lake City television station.  Look at these gems…

“In fact, I baptized a guy who worked for Coke and he was thinking, ‘I might have to get a different job!’ ” Rollins said.

“The folks who say, like I did, ‘I grew up not drinking caffeinated sodas, I was told by my parents it was bad and it was OK to judge people harshly who did.’

“At the LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University, caffeinated drinks are not sold. It is not because of a church or university edict, said spokeswoman Carri Jenkins, but customer demand.”

Maybe going on Rachel Ray and cooking with caffeine wasn’t a good idea after all.

Dexter’s Story

The University of Iowa’s Children’s Hospital has published an outstanding video that highlights the birth of a little boy named Dexter, who was born at 23 weeks and weighed just 506 grams – that’s just over one pound.  After a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit, Dexter went home with his parents.  Despite his early birth, he was perfectly normal when his parents took him home.

Isn’t odd that in one part of the University of Iowa Hospital, a 23-week-old fetus is able to live and develop into a normal baby boy, and in another part of the hospital, babies that age and older can be killed for just about any reason .

I guess it’s not odd.  It’s sad.


Why Romney Could Never Relate to Ordinary People

Looking back on his presidential campaign, I think Mitt Romney should have done more things like cooking caffeinated burritos on the Rachel Ray show. Sure Romney is quirky, but seeing him in that setting makes him seem far more likeable than most people perceived him to be.

During the campaign, I wrote that Romney had a difficult time relating to average Americans because they are really scared about what the future holds for them, and no matter how bad things get, it’s safe to say that Mitt Romney and his family are going to be just fine.

Case in point.

In 2009, Mitt Romney sold his 9,500-square-foot house at Deer Valley Resort in Utah for $5.25 million.  Just recently, Romney purchased a home that was listed for $8.9 million in the same resort.  Romney did downsize.  His new digs are only 8,730 square feet.  Good thing it’s only a vacation home.

I don’t have anything against Romney’s wealth, I just think it was the main contributor to his ability to relate to average Americans.

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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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