Bleeding Heartland: Will new leadership help Iowa Republicans?
Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland
I am disappointed that the Democrats did not gain as many seats in the
Iowa legislature as I'd hoped. With Barack Obama winning this state by
9 percent and Democrats enjoying a big voter registration advantage,
we should have done better in the statehouse races. We need to analyze
what sank some of our down-ticket candidates so we can do better in
2010. None of that should obscure the much bigger problems currently
facing the Republican Party of Iowa. Six days after the fourth
straight election in which Republicans have lost seats in both the
Iowa House and Senate, the Republicans House caucus voted to replace
Christopher Rants of Sioux City as their leader. Kraig Paulsen of
Hiawatha (a suburb of Cedar Rapids) will take on the job. ... With two
House races yet to be decided, Republicans are likely to end up with
only 44 of the 100 seats in the lower chamber.