Before you read this, you owe it to yourself to watch the video. It’s only a minute and a half and it sets the stage for my comments.
Former Governor Sarah Palin came back to Iowa and jumped in the fray. She stood next to Donald Trump and endorsed him for president. Talk about throwing a match into gasoline. Hang on to your hats, because here we go.
I happen to live in Iowa. I’ve lived here most all my life. I grew up on a family farm near Grinnell. I graduated from the University of Iowa. Go Hawks! So believe me when I tell you…it’s crazy season here. The First in the Nation thing is awesome, don’t get me wrong, as a political junkie, I love it.
However, every four years the circus comes to town. It is here now on full display. Chelsea, Bill, Bernie, Marco, Christie, Huckabee, Santorum, Paul, Jeb, Cruz, Carson, and Trump have all had events within 30 minutes of my house in the last 30 days. None of those events will do what Palin’s endorsement does. Media coverage for two weeks, done.
Craig Robinson, Editor in Chief at The Iowa Republican said this about the latest round of endorsements. “So the Iowa Caucuses have become the ultimate reality TV battle Trump & Palin vs. Duck Dynasty and Cruz #iacaucus.”
You gotta love it. It’s starting to feel like a reality TV show or a circus and Trump has to be the ringleader, because…who else. If we put Phil Robertson in full camo and Sarah Palin in full camo in a cage, each with a knife, who would come out alive? I won’t be surprised to hear that is a reality sometime tomorrow. Vegas odds on ole Phil, but Mama Grizzly is unpredictable…hard to say who’s gonna win.
The Palin announcement sent Tea Party Patriots and Establishment Yes Men into opposing orbits. The Tea Party labeling her a sellout, a traitor to the cause. The Establishment laughing at the news and stating, if this doesn’t kill Trump, nothing will.
That’s normally enough crazy for one day, but our beloved Governor Terry Branstad, had to jump into the mosh pit. When asked by a reporter, “So you want him(Cruz) defeated?” Branstad answered, “Yes.” Well, at least you can’t say the old Iowa Governor is playing politics and hiding his feelings.
All I have to say at this point is, “No more pussyfooting around!” Okay, that was another Palin nugget. I’m just shaking my head at this whole thing. I’m less than 2 weeks from our caucus. The night we all put pen to paper and actually vote. No more big talk, no more swag endorsements. Rubber meets the road, count the votes with the new app, and everyone moves on to New Hampshire the next day.
Do you want to know the truth? I am a Caucus Captain in my local precinct. I am a former Iowa Statehouse candidate. I am a lifelong Republican. I am a conservative. I am pro-life, pro-gun, pro-limited Government, pro-America, pro-red, white, and blue, through and through, and guess what? I have no idea who I’m going to vote for on February 1st. Heck, I was asked to be a part of three different campaigns.
Somethings different this time. I don’t know what it is, but I just can’t decide this year. Well, I have some ideas of who I might like, but really, I’m not happy about any of them. And that is exactly why it’s crazy season in Iowa.
In the next couple weeks, all the campaigns are going to be spending money like it’s unlimited. Every Pizza Ranch in the state will have its best month of the year as the candidates show up in their flannel shirts and try to convince all of us undecided Iowans that they are the answer.
Many of them will never be back to our beautiful state, and that’s okay. In a few days, we will see who the winner is. Iowa is normally a pretty boring place, but you gotta love it every four years when crazy comes to town!
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