24-Hour Dorman: Does Rove still rule?
Excerpted from this post at 24-Hour Dorman
So, is gay marriage still the golden Rovian ticket for Republican
electoral success? ... In Iowa, the issue definitely doesn't help
Republicans if it means they end up with U.S. Rep. Steve King as their
nominee for governor. For all of Culver's weaknesses, King is not
going to win a statewide election. For starters, Iowans aren't going
to put anyone from kooky, unpopular Congress in charge of state
government. Second, he's far more conservative than most Iowans on a
list of issues. Issues people care about. Maybe gay marriage helps
them pick off a few legislative seats, but local issues and
personalities still drive those races. Basically, I'm just not sure 18
months from now this will be the end-all, be-all issue. It's possible,
but I think a lot of Iowans will have moved on.