Some pundits are saying that Rod Blum is cooked in the 1st district midterm election. Polls are not favorable. Republicans are pulling support. He has a pesky ethics investigation to deal with now. And, never mind, he is basically a facsimile of Trump’s worldview.
This does not bode well in a midterm election that is seen as a referendum on everything Trump. What else tells me that Rod Blum is cooked? His supporters, namely the Republican Party of Iowa, is desperate to paint his opponent as a younger version of Nancy Pelosi. This is the mailer that I received in the mail earlier this week:
The Golden Gate Bridge and the dollars floating down are really subtle. Like Trump mocking people subtle. I am half surprised that this mailer does not include some mid-90s melded picture of Nancy Pelosi and Abby Finkenauer under the heading “Finkenauer is the Evil Love Child of San Francisco Liberal Nancy Pelosi.” Hold on, I should not give Republicans any ideas for their next mailer. By the way, my address is home to two registered Democrats so sending this mailer is a real waste of money. Not my money, but it is still a waste.
The Republican Party of Iowa is treading a fine line here lambasting anyone for taking political contributions from questionable sources. In 2016 the Republican Party of Iowa received $9000 from the Trump Organization and $5000 from Koch Industries. Hmmm, that sounds like about the same amount of money that they are harping on Blum’s opponent for receiving.
Rod Blum and his allies are cooked because their entire strategy is to just say the world “liberal” over and over again. This is what your college Republicans did when they got too drunk on Goldschlager and wanted to sound like the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal. The problem is that people actually like progressive ideas if candidates are willing to run in support of them. It is tough to run on a platform of giving more money to the rich and making everyone else pay by taking stuff away.