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  •  hope he runs so we can get rid of him (6+ / 0-)
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    tardis10, cooper888, cocinero, Loge, Vatexia, BYw

    A rational republican would know he is a good fit for his wing nut district but unelectable statewide. Hard to say what King will do. I assume he knows he can't win but maybe he is sick of the house and figures why not go for it.

    •  That's pretty much what he said (2+ / 0-)
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      cocinero, Vatexia

      about not wanting to go back and say "woulda coulda shoulda."  He must know he's not going to be in leadership, ever, and a non-Presidential race is probably his best chance.  The NRCC is in a bind, as they need a big name but they also need it to not be Steve King.  If he doesn't run, with Latham, who is close to House leadership, already taking a pass to defend his seat (which dems have a great shot to pick up if he passes on reelection), they have nobody with sufficient stature.  Of course, if Latham runs for Senate and King doesn't, there's still no guarantee the social cons don't back a third candidate, figuring with Branstad on the ticket they need something.  

      All that said, I wouldn't underestimate King in a campaign.  Nobody should start measuring drapes yet.

      Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

      by Loge on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 03:08:25 PM PDT

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      •  Bill Northey, IA Secretary of Agriculture (0+ / 0-)

        may be the GOP's best hope. He's been elected state wide, and he doesn't have King's baggage. Northey has support among powerful ag interests. There's also talk about Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. She follows Gov. Branstad around and smiles, but hasn't done anything substantive to show that she's ready for prime time.

        As you say, there's also the possibility of a social conservative or Tea Party or libertarian candidate who could win a primary if King doesn't run. Libertarians are strong in the GOP base. In a GOP primary involving Northey, Reynolds, and a Tea Party dude, I would bet on the dude.

        •  what's Vander Plaats doing? (2+ / 0-)
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          Vatexia, cocinero

          I know these are the names mentioned, but Reynolds is a lightweight (and is tainted by association with Branstad, who is going ridiculous on the Medicare issue but the teanuts seem not to like him).  I don't know much about Northey, but I don't really get the sense that he wants it.  

          Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

          by Loge on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 04:37:06 PM PDT

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          •  Vander Plaats was on local news tonight (1+ / 0-)
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            expressing his opposition to marriage equality as part of a story on the Supreme Court hearings on Prop 8 and DOMA. He was last with 9% in a four-person poll for the GOP nomination for senate. Braley leads Vander Plaats by 51 to 33.

            it's clear that if [Vander Plaats] somehow snagged the nomination it would be a disaster for Republicans.
            and good news for our side.

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