The GOP game plan, lonely anchors, and the Dalai Lama
The Republican strategy to oust Chet Culver is becoming clear — assuming Terry Branstad is the nominee and not Bob Vander Plaats. And that’s what Skinny assumes. Indeed, one Republican legislator told us the other day that he thinks Vander Plaats will finish third, behind Branstad and Carroll legislator Rod Roberts. We’ll see.
At any rate, this seems to be the strategy:
First, don’t talk about social issues — gay marriage, abortion and the like. The Republicans already have the anti-abortion, anti-gay-marriage vote, and, unless you’re running the Vander Plaats losing cause, there’s no use alienating independents by harping on those issues. And the independents will be key to the election — as of March 1, there were 702,295 registered independents in the state, 671,965 registered Democrats and 570,983 registered Republicans. (In all, there were 57,000 fewer registered voters than in November 2008, when Barack Obama was elected.)...Read More>>