Iowa GOP should drop Straw Poll?

A week ago the Register had a really asinine guest piece from an ISU political science professor suggesting the Iowa GOP should drop straw Poll. I wonder if the authors of these pieces realize how stupid they sound? Whether it is James Strohman, Rekha Basu or Froma Harrop, these unsolicited advice columns to conservatives on how to “save” their party, are in essence telling Iowans they voted wrong for 30 years.

Really? Who in the hell is this state employee to tell anyone they voted wrong? There aren’t too many things we hold more dear in this country then our right to vote, and this clown is going to tell you that you voted wrong? Let alone at a party fundraiser. Because Iowans have not always chosen the moderates he prefers, the Iowa GOP should drop a meaningless fundraiser? The logic escapes me.

The nutty professor seems ignorant in his own field, the people of Iowa aren’t voting for the position of Federal Administrator, they are voting for President. A leader. A commander in chief. Someone who makes life and death decisions. How can a political science professor not have a better grasp of the position of president? Lamar Alexander is not going to inspire anyone to charge up San Juan hill. (the scary part is ISU gave tenure to someone who doesn’t understand the position of president. It’s child’s play. Like in city government, you  have a mayor who is the political leader. The city manager is the policy wonk. Same city, two different people.)

PBS is unlikely to have a series called “Great Moderates In History”. Gerald Ford is unlikely to appear on any currency. Tim Pawlenty is unlikely to find his head carved in the side of a mountain. Maybe moderates appeal to desk jockey intellectuals, but they don’t lead nations. Where are the statues erected of great moderates?

The other issue I question is when these liberals always talk about the incredible “electability” of these moderate Republicans. If they are so electable, why doesn’t anyone vote for them? Why aren’t they elected? Hard as it may seem, the liberal logic doesn’t seem to make it full circle. You’d think “electability” would translate to votes.

And in 40 years of reading newspapers, I don’t believe I have ever seen a conservative write a piece to Liberals explaining how they have been voting wrong low these many years. Think about that for a moment. Just the amount of gall and arrogance it would take to tell someone they voted wrong. Strohman’s office must be huge to fit both him and his ego in it.

The whole concept of why the Iowa GOP should drop their straw poll is incredible. The straw poll is a fund raiser, it has no binding electoral result. Any importance it has is given it solely by the media and academia. The Iowa GOP doesn’t claim anything, they’re just selling tickets. So after decades of the media being out of control like a crack whore who can’t control herself, they cry stop! Huh? The media can’t control itself so the Iowa GOP has to change? How the hell does that make sense? If you the media don’t want it to be so important, quit making it so! That nutty professor lacks in the logic department.

It’s scary someone so ignorant in their field has contact with students. Whatever he is paid it is too much.

Jim Roach

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