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Not Linkletter, but kids do say the darndest things

Monday, November 19, 2012

Representative Steve King didn't win as big as he has in the past but his margin of victory over Christie Vilsack was close to what it should be, considering registrations. He might run for Senator Tom Harkin's seat in 2014, if Harkin retires and that could set up another Vilsack-King race. She would fare much better statewide, assuming she 'studies her lessons,' increases her political knowledge (about 95%), and the ability to express that knowledge. A pro-choice woman now has a big advantage and Iowa voters east of I-35 embrace the values of the east and left coasts more than they do those of the rural Midwest.

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Losers always wonder 'if.' 'If' Romney hadn't made his 47% comment, or if hurricanes Isaac (disrupted Repub convention) and Sandy hadn't occurred (it gave Obama a bounce). Or if Governor Christie had merely thanked President Obama instead of figuratively kissing him, or if many voters hadn't shunned Romney because of his religion? Collectively these might have given Romney the popular vote, but not the Electoral College.

It would have helped if he had released more tax returns, earlier, and if one of his strengths didn't appear as a weakness. That, his pragmatic ability to change, is called flip-flopping by most. Republican Senate losers (real losers) Akins of Missouri and Mourdock of Indiana also drug Romney down a notch or two. They cost a near tie in the Senate.

Of course Obama came out of the gate with such a majority of single issue voters that even his lack of administrative success wasn't likely to keep him from inflicting another term of Sociabama on the country. That isn't full-blown Socialism, but it smells a lot like it.

Bottom line? Congratulations to the winner. Obama's superior organization overcame his unproductive, lackluster four years. This, coupled with Romney's inability to connect with ordinary people, and a dozen other problems, tipped the scales. However, none of those who ran for the Republican spot would have done better.

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Enough doom and gloom. Let's move on to football, or for Hawkeye Fans, basketball. Or, about kids. A Daily Sentinel article (11-7-2012) written by Amy Erickson reported on Le Mars elementary students holding a mock election on election day. Kindergartner Aaron Lee, apparently a conservative, said, "After four years have passed, it's time to get a new president."

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Circling back 28 years, a 10-25-1984 Sentinel article by then reporter Kathy Faber had quotes from several of teacher Viola Schroeder's third grade students. One was from partisan Matthew Milbrodt who said, "I think a politician is a Democrat that votes."

Chris Krause and Bobby Kibby agreed that, "A politician is somebody who is going to be president." Mitt Romney might have agreed a couple weeks ago! Alex Russell thought, "I think a politician is a person that votes for a good president who will make good laws." Really Alex? Tami Kunkel wrote, "I think a politician is a person who counts the votes." Only in Chicago, Tami.

Did Brad Lorensen nail it as far as Governors go? "I think a politician is a president of a state." No, Brad, but sometimes they think they are. Was Sarah Petry angling for an internship when she said, "I think a politician is a truthful person?" Way ahead of the gender equality movement, Susan Doorenbos thought "...if the president dies, he, or her, will take over."

Others quoted in that article were Sharon Cole, Chris Engel, Scott Bugge, Aaron Vance, Mandy Reeves, Michael Melnichak, Jeffery Popken, Danny Lamoreoux, Shawn Olson, Ashley Johnson, Susan Willer, and P. J. Arens, and Ethan Johnson.

Kathy's article concludes, "Janelle Scholten may have summed up the feelings of a lot of adult voters." "I think a politician is someone I don't know."

These kids would be about 36 years old today. Just ask if you would like a copy of that 1984 article.

Remembering Sharon Cole (Wentzy), the daughter of Carol (Lushbough) and the late Gary Cole, she and husband Andy have two daughters. She works in Sioux Falls, S.D. as a software engineer at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. Carol teaches computer science at the University of South Dakota.

Don Paulin, 2carpenterdon@gmail.com, 7557 30th Av, Norwalk, IA 50211 - 515-201-7236

By Don Paulin
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