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Monday, April 13, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Dream scenario: A primary challenger for Grassley

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Angry social conservatives are speculating that Senator Chuck Grassley could face a primary challenge in 2010. The religious right has been dissatisfied with Grassley for a long time ... Iowa GOP chairman Matt Strawn denies that party activists are unhappy with Grassley. I hope Salier is right and Grassley gets a primary challenge, for reasons I'll explain after the jump. Before anyone gets too excited, I want to make clear that I don't consider Grassley vulnerable. His approval rating is around 71 percent (if you believe Survey USA) or 66 percent (if you believe Selzer and Associates). Either way, he is outside the danger zone for an incumbent. ... So why am I hoping a right-winger will take on Grassley in the Republican primary? Here's what I think would happen. 1. A conservative taking potshots at Grassley would intensify the struggle between GOP moderates and "goofballs" just when Iowa Republicans are trying to present a united front against Democratic governance. ... Every prominent Iowa Republican will have to take a position on the Senate primary, if there is one. I assume almost everyone will back Grassley, which would offend part of the GOP base.

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