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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

John Deeth Blog: Because They Can: Republicans and Regent Bonnie Campbell

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog
Why are Mary Lundby and the Senate Republicans drawing a line in the sand on the regents appointments? There's an old joke with the punchline "because they can." ... Now, I've never been a huge Bonnie Campbell fan; her stab in the back in `94 to the gay-lesbian community is a wound that never healed for a lot of folks, and I still hear about it. It injured not just her campaign but the entire relationship between the LBG community and the Democratic Party. ... But she's been an important player before and since in non-candidate roles and the Regents are a good fit. ... The Iowa wingers hate Bonnie Campbell about the same way the national noise machine hates Hillary Clinton, and for many of the same reasons. Plus she's the appointee closest to the Culver inner political circle, so that sends the strongest message. "Doctor from Western Iowa" can be freely translated as "not Bonnie Campbell."

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