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Friday, November 07, 2008

Battleground Iowa: Not who, but how

Excerpted from this post at Battleground Iowa

... House Republicans will meet on Monday to select their leader. The outcome of this race for the leadership positions at the State House will determine what if anything is going to change in how House Republicans conduct their campaigns. Now I’ve seen how these things work in the echo chamber, the discussion tends to be based on personalities not the mechanics of these races which is of great importance. While some will quickly vilify Rants, you have to give him some credit. Rants is an articulate spokesperson, there is no doubt that he works hard in the areas of candidate recruitment, and fundraising. Despite his talents, under his leadership Republicans have went from a 56 member majority to a 44 seat minority. The tide is now against him as are some in his caucus and it is time for new leadership. Yesterday, Kraig Paulsen made it known that he is going to challenge Rants for his leadership position. Paulsen, who is from Cedar Rapids, was the number two guy behind Rant in the House and was an integral part of the House Campaign effort. All of this begs the question, what will change if anything if Paulsen is appointed as House Minority Leader?

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