As the Christie Vilsack vs. Steve King talk gets more serious, Ed Fallon weighs in on the race Vilsack probably wanted and says what nobody except he and I seem to say:
Sorry folks, but I have to speak truth to Democratic Party power and tell you that if the Democrat Establishment wants this seat to remain in the "D" column, it will lean so hard on Boswell that even this entrenched relic from a bygone political era will feel compelled to retire.On the plus side for Vilsack:
Face it: Boswell can't beat Latham. The last time Iowa had a congressional district much like the new Third, the younger, quasi-moderate Greg Ganske beat entrenched Congressman Neal Smith. It'll happen again unless Boswell steps aside or gets beat in a primary by an independent-minded Democrat with populist appeal to both rural and urban voters.
(And just in case you're wondering, I have less than zero inclination to throw my hat in that ring again.)
Party leaders have given Vilsack their blessing to run against King, with one knowledgeable Democratic source telling POLITICO that Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel told Vilsack last week during a meeting at the committee’s Capitol Hill offices that he would pledge to support her if she challenges (King).You know who the real winners are here? Bruce Braley and Dave Loebsack. In any cycle, resources are limited. The Republican's top priority is going to be protecting Latham, and the ideological party faithful will want to help their hero King. That means le$$ left over to battle Braley and Loebsack.
In the meantime, Mr. President, care to visit Ames next October?