Prayer and Loathing In Iowa

Over the weekend Christian conservatives in Iowa were treated to pandering to 5 potential GOP candidates.  The audience got to hear Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal.  It seems Ted Cruz got many of the biggest applause lines, it helped that he told the crowd that they were actually winning.

Interestingly many speakers took shots at Rand Paul, who was not in there that day.   Family Leader President Bob Vander Plaats said  U.S. Rep. Steve King doesn’t run from conversations — a reference to King arguing with young Latina who crossed the border illegally as a child while Paul grabbed his beer and hit the bricks.  In addition, conservative author Joel Rosenberg said people in both parties “are turning against Israel.”

I am guessing that unanimous approval of increased funding Israel doesn’t count.

Going after Paul shows two things.  First, people see him as a threat to the nomination.  Second, they know he is vulnerable to attack on issues involving Israel and his inability to take criticism.

It’s early but storm clouds are already starting to brew.


Because Iowa’s So Lovely in January?

Some Iowa social conservative leaders actually want Governor Chris Christie to come to their state and campaign.  They say he would do well there and that Iowa Republicans would like his blunt style.


They don’t care if Christie wins Iowa or comes in dead last.  The truth is that they only want him there so people don’t ignore their state’s caucuses.

Christie will start out the race as a clear front runner and probably the party establishment’s choice.  So if he decided not to campaign in the Hawk Eye state it would shift some of the focus away from the caucuses.  Given what happened last time, with Santorum not being declared the winner until week after caucus night, Iowa can’t really afford anything else to challenge its status of going first.  You can bet Christie, and potentially other people, skipping the state would be a blow to the standing.

So for now everyone in the Iowa GOP will want Christie and everyone else to come and take their chances in Iowa.