While I was away….
By BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
Remember me? It’s been a while.
No, I haven’t been gone, laying the groundwork for a U.S. Senate campaign. Non-party members don’t have the backing of political parties and since I don’t have any money, running for office is not a good idea.
I guess I could change my party affiliation to Republican since the party is having all sorts of problems coming up with a candidate for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin’s seat. Hmmm. That is a little odd because during most of Harkin’s terms, the GOP didn’t have any trouble recruiting candidates to oppose him. Now that they seemingly have their best chance in over a decade of claiming the seat, no one is stepping forward, save for attorney Matt Whitaker.
Haven’t heard of Whitaker? Unless you are a University of Iowa football fan that is possible. Whitaker’s claim to fame is being an above-average gridder for one Hayden Fry’s Iowa teams. Oh, yes, he also ran for state treasurer a few years ago but was easily defeated by Mike Fitzgerald.
Congressman Tom Latham has said no, so did Congressman Steve King on the opportunity of opposing Congressman Bruce Braley, the only announced Democratic candidate for the senate seat.
Having known Latham for over a decade when I was in northwest Iowa, I believe a Latham-Braley race would have been a toss-up. Latham, however, is not a power-grabber or a risk-taker and is content with his service in the U.S. House. He also is a close friend of House Speaker John Boehner. Latham’s seat is relatively safe, and I can understand his decision to pass.
King also made a good decision. No way would he have beaten Braley. In a statewide race, King would have been too polarizing. Like Latham, he has a relatively safe seat.
When you think of it, what other Republicans would be successful in a Senate race? The party doesn’t appear to have any rising stars and other than its two congressmen, governor and lieutenant governor, the cupboard is bare.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has no aspirations to serve beyond the state’s borders. If he had, he would have done that during the eternity he spent in the governor’s chair in the 1980s and 1990s.
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, in my opinion, isn’t ready. She’s still a political novice and it appears she is being groomed by Branstad for the governor’s job.
The Tom Taukes, Jim Ross Lightfoots Fred Grandys and Doug Grosses have disappeared from the political landscape long ago and no one has stepped up to replace them.
LAST, BUT CERTAINLY NOT least, the nation celebrates Mother’s Day Sunday. If you are fortunate enough to still have a mother, thank her for all she has done for you. If you don’t, remember all the lessons she taught you, such as the following.
You can be whatever you want to be: You have no limitations. The whole world is open to you. Your future is ahead of you. You can accomplish whatever you set your mind to. It’s okay to dream.
Do your homework and you will get good grades: Success takes work. If you don’t put in the effort, you won’t reap the rewards.
Don’t waste your time: Life passes very fast. Don’t wait to pursue your dreams.
Be thankful for what you have: There are many who are not as fortunate as you. Be grateful for your home and family. It doesn’t matter what others have.