Harkin to retire in 2014

posted at 11:31 am on January 26, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

We now have the third Senate retirement of this term, and it’s a doozy.  Tom Harkin, one of the most liberal members in the upper chamber, won’t seek a sixth term of the Senate in 2014:

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin will not seek re-election in 2014, the Iowa Democrat said Saturday.

The 73-year-old Harkin told The Associated Press in an interview, “It’s just time to step aside,” noting that by the time he would finish a sixth term, he would be 81.

Harkin said the move also would allow a new generation of Democrats to seek higher office.

That’s debatable.  Iowa hasn’t exactly shifted to the left during Harkin’s tenure, and his status as incumbent was probably the best hope Democrats had in keeping the seat.  Harkin already had almost $3 million in his campaign fund and may have been unbeatable, and certainly no Democrat before this would have considered running for the seat.

Now, Democrats will have to bloody themselves in a primary the same as Republicans.  They have two former governors who might give it a run: Chet Culver and Tom Vilsack, currently the Secretary of Agriculture in the Obama administration. That may not help Vilsack, especially if Iowans want to look in a more independent direction as the Obama administration shifts significantly leftward in the next two years, and gun control will be a big issue in Iowa for anyone connected to the White House now.

The most prominent Republicans are Rep. Steve King and Governor Terry Branstad.  Branstad is serving his fifth term as governor (the first four were consecutive between 1983-1999). King won his sixth term in the House in a newly-redistricted IA-04, beating Vilsack’s wife Christie by eight points.  Neither might have been interested in challenging Harkin, but with his retirement, both may become very interested.  Branstad has won a number of statewide races, and it might make more sense for him to forgo a sixth term as governor to aim for the US Senate.  King has a relatively high national profile in the Tea Party movement, and might decide to risk losing his House seat to move up to the Senate, and he could build a significant grassroots organization to help.

That’s now two Democratic retirements (Jay Rockefeller, WV) to one Republican (Saxby Chambliss, GA).  Republicans have at least a good chance of winning all three in a second-term midterm contest.  We’ll see if any other red state Senators feel like hitting the retirement trail in the next two years.

Update: A commenter tells me that Chect Culver isn’t related to the Culver family that founded the fast-food chain.  Since I couldn’t find a good reference one way or the other, I’ve removed that from the post above, and apologize for the error.


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…he retired 20 years ago!

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2013 at 11:34 AM

…his ‘mental health’ committee has not met for 6 years…odd huh?

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2013 at 11:35 AM

…al the NUTS are shooting people…but they have not had a meeting in 6 years!…SOON he says!

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2013 at 11:36 AM

…CHAIRMAN of the mentally ill!

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Pretty safe bet Chambliss will be replaced with someone more Conservative then he was.

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Oh oh!

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Pretty safe bet Chambliss will be replaced with someone more Conservative then he was.

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

…hi Bud Bmore…the Palin thread is still going!…still on the right side!

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Rockefeller, Chambliss and Harkin…well, at least that’s 3 turds flushed.

fitzfong on January 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Pretty safe bet Chambliss will be replaced with someone more Conservative then he was.

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Slight correction.

Pretty safe bet Chambliss will be replaced with someone more Conservative then he had become.

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 11:39 AM

…hi Bud Bmore…the Palin thread is still going!…still on the right side!

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Saw that Kool. Put up an update for ya. Here.

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Harkin is up there with Ted Kennedy for despicable.

An advocate of all things whack-job Progressive. He’s a borderline Communist.

Good riddance.

PappyD61 on January 26, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Stand up for Tom…..SAY YES! :P

thebrokenrattle on January 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM

two words.

Tammy Baldwin.

I’m sure that Iowa will replace that treasonous scum with someone even more liberal.

We always get excited when some liberal fossil like Lugar or Harkins retires and all we end up with is someone more liberal than who is leaving.

On the positive side this will just speed up the outcome. The sooner the feds take our guns, healthcare, social security and our rights the sooner it hits the fan.

acyl72 on January 26, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Are you sure Chet is related to the Culver’s hamburger family? His father was a politician. He may have fattened up on the burgers but that doesn’t make them related.

wdmdoug on January 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Harkin to retire in 2014

There IS a God.

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM

wo words.

Tammy Baldwin.

acyl72 on January 26, 2013 at 11:49 AM

True, but Obama will not be on the ballot in 2014 and, historically, the Democratic base doesn’t come out in droves in mid-terms.

Fingers crossed.

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Harkin was always front and center defending the indefensible intern-groping Billy Jeff during the impeachment hearings.

Good riddance grandpa. Hope your grand-daughters never have to cross paths with horndog Bill.

fogw on January 26, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Tom Harkin, one of the most liberal members in the upper chamber, won’t seek a sixth term of the Senate in 2014:

“Sixth term”…..good gravy, can we say “term limits”, please.

tencole on January 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM

I was baffled how good midwestern people from Iowa kept reelecting one of the biggest leftist asses year after year

At least this will give them a chance to correct their error finally

The Dems are really in awful shape in 2014 in the Senate– this could easily be the 2010 equivalent of the bloodbath they had in the House

thurman on January 26, 2013 at 11:58 AM

“Sixth term”…..good gravy, can we say “term limits”, please.

tencole on January 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM

…He’s fertilizer !…it’s Iowa!

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Are you sure Chet is related to the Culver’s hamburger family? His father was a politician. He may have fattened up on the burgers but that doesn’t make them related.

wdmdoug on January 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM

He might be related, but George and Craig Culver started the chain and they are from Sauk City, Wisconsin. Chet Culver is originally from the Washington, DC area.

Mr. D on January 26, 2013 at 12:01 PM

We always get excited when some liberal fossil like Lugar or Harkins retires and all we end up with is someone more liberal than who is leaving.

True…but look at Wisconsin. Ron Johnson beat Russ Feingold of McCain-Feingold. Really depends on the quality of candidate and mood of electorate.

monalisa on January 26, 2013 at 12:02 PM

I was baffled how good midwestern people from Iowa kept reelecting one of the biggest leftist asses year after year

At least this will give them a chance to correct their error finally

The Dems are really in awful shape in 2014 in the Senate– this could easily be the 2010 equivalent of the bloodbath they had in the House

thurman on January 26, 2013 at 11:58 AM

The Des Moines Register is one of the most liberal yellow journalism rags in the country. And eastern Iowa is as blue as they come. As usual, it’s the cities vs. the rural areas. No one was more surprised than me when Bransted won re-election.

catsandbooks on January 26, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Hmmmmmm……..

Report: Sen. Harkin won’t seek another term
By Jeremy Herb – 01/26/13 10:54 AM ET
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Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) will retire at the end of 2014, he told the Associated Press Saturday.

Harkin’s said his decision not to seek a sixth term was based in part because he wanted to give a new generation of Iowa Democrats the chance to run for higher office.

“It’s just time to step aside,” Harkin, 73, told the AP.

Harkin’s decision to retire makes Iowa a ripe target for Republicans as they try to flip at least six seats to win back the Senate.

While Harkin was likely in for a contested race if he had run for reelection, he had $2.7 million in the bank already, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) did not rule out a 2014 Senate run in November, regardless of whether Harkin would have run.

“I have a consistent record. I think people know me,” he said, arguing his views wouldn’t be “an impediment at all.”

Ten-term Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) is the other Iowa Republican in the House. A primary between King and Latham could follow the tea party vs. establishment narrative that has played out over the past two cycles in Republican primaries.

On the Democratic side, possible candidates include Rep. Bruce Braley, who has also talked about running for governor, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and his wife Christie Vilsack, who lost to King in a 2012 run for Congress.

Harkin, who was one of the few Democrats to vote against the fiscal-cliff deal, passed on the chance to chair the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee in November. He opted instead to say at the head of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

He is the second Senate Democrat to opt to retire rather than run for another term, as Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) announced earlier this month that he would not run in 2014.

Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Ga.) also said Friday that he would retire at the end of his term.
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http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/279485-report-harkin-wont-seek-reelection

canopfor on January 26, 2013 at 11:36 AM

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canopfor on January 26, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Rockefeller, Chambliss and Harkin…well, at least that’s 3 turds flushed.

fitzfong on January 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Gonna need a plunger. That’s three big ones.

msupertas on January 26, 2013 at 12:22 PM

and certainly no Democrat before this would have considered running for the seat.

That’s actually not true. The rumors that Harkin would retire played well before the 2012 elections. Bruce Braley is considered the Democratic heir apparent.

Steve King doesn’t have a prayer to win outside of his district. Kim Reynolds will in all likelihood be the Republican nominee.

Hostile Gospel on January 26, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Sen. Harkin on not seeking re-election: ‘I have the privilege to be able to make this decision on my own terms’ – @NBCNews

2 mins ago by editor
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https://twitter.com/NBCNews

canopfor on January 26, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Tea Party and establishment. Please work together.

msupertas on January 26, 2013 at 12:25 PM


You will see more of this. The progressives have bargained to attain the ‘ends’ by any ‘means’ and are now celebrating by retiring on the taxpayers dime and making the speaking circuit or writing books.

This is their victory lap.

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cntrlfrk on January 26, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Harkin is doing the same on the liberal side as DeMint did on the right. Harkin was a huge proponent of filibuster reform and said after Reid and McConnell came to their agreement that Obama might as well quit because nothing he wants will happen.

I think that you can also figure this means Harkin and Rockefeller can go all in on gun control.

On Chambliss — Georgia has been moving toward the left for years now as northern liberals continue to relocate there. First name that came to my mind was Herman Cain.

What was the name of the black fellow who had abandoned the Dem party in the last couple of years (he’d supported, maybe even introduced, Obama at the 2008 DNC)? Wasn’t he from GA?

Greyledge Gal on January 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM

acyl72 on January 26, 2013 at 11:49 AM

It is all about candidate choice.. Get an actual good candidate. Apparently, the only candidate they could get to run in Wisconsin was Tommy Thompson, who hasn’t been relevant since the Clinton years. This despite the fact that the Republican VP nominee, RNC Chair, and the most popular Republican governor are all from Wisconsin.

Illinidiva on January 26, 2013 at 12:32 PM

What was the name of the black fellow who had abandoned the Dem party in the last couple of years (he’d supported, maybe even introduced, Obama at the 2008 DNC)? Wasn’t he from GA?

Greyledge Gal on January 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Probably former Rep. Artur Davis. But he was from Alabama, and has since moved to Virginia.

J.S.K. on January 26, 2013 at 12:35 PM

What was the name of the black fellow who had abandoned the Dem party in the last couple of years (he’d supported, maybe even introduced, Obama at the 2008 DNC)? Wasn’t he from GA?

Greyledge Gal on January 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Are you thinking of Artur Davis? I’ll have to look up where he came from.

All this shows me is the dire need for term-limits and now worry that these guys will now vote their ideology big time.

CoffeeLover on January 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

No matter who replaces him, the IQ of the Senate will certainly bump a click or two. A despicable little man, outdone only by his brother in harms, Harry Reid.

TXUS on January 26, 2013 at 12:39 PM

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Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 12:33 PM

OMG…lol Love the pic. Still reading :)

CoffeeLover on January 26, 2013 at 12:39 PM

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canopfor on January 26, 2013 at 12:21 PM

…got any linky’s for the Palin thread?

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2013 at 12:39 PM

…got any linky’s for the Palin thread?

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2013 at 12:39 PM

…(she OWNS guns!)

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Cashing out, eh, Tom. This is a good opportunity for the Rs to pick up another seat. Let’s see if they can screw up this chance or not.

Kissmygrits on January 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Buh-bye, Tommy! DLTDHYROTWO!

pilamaye on January 26, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Darn. No more Tom Harkin Steak Fries. What a loss.

steebo77 on January 26, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Tea Party and establishment. Please work together.

msupertas on January 26, 2013 at 12:25 PM

It’s a pretty safe bet that they will in Iowa.

steebo77 on January 26, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Are you sure Chet is related to the Culver’s hamburger family?

When you think of Culver’s, you think of burgers? Always struck me as being a custard/ice cream place first, hot food second.

But then again, I’m sure Dairy Queen has its Brazier partisans.

YYZ on January 26, 2013 at 12:45 PM

It’s a pretty safe bet that they will in Iowa.

steebo77 on January 26, 2013 at 12:42 PM

You’re not from Iowa I take it. The Republican Party of Iowa has been taken over by Ron Paul nuts who know kowtow to anything out of the lips of Rand Paul. I like Sen. Paul well enough, but when RPI is more interested in posting updates on a Senator from Kentucky than its own people, well, you know you have a problem.

Hostile Gospel on January 26, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Sen. Harkin declines to say who he wants to replace him – @TPMLiveWire

1 min ago from livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com by editor
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http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/harkin-declines-to-say-who-he-wants-to

canopfor on January 26, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Pretty safe bet Chambliss will be replaced with someone more Conservative then he was.

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

He!! Teddy Kennedy was more conservative than Suxby Shameless. At least Teddy didn’t claim to be a conservative.

DanaSmiles on January 26, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Thanks ^^ J.S.K. and CoffeeLover – I knew he had moved to VA but wasn’t sure if it were permanent (and since from Alabama, not pertinent either :P ).

Term limits make me angry. There should not be a need for them. These elected officials should go to DC, serve the country for a term or two, and come back home allowing the next folks to serve (and for free, IMHO). Unfortunately, DC is such a cesspool that we need to limit these folks so they don’t become permanent parasites.

Greyledge Gal on January 26, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Sen. Harkin declines to say who he wants to replace him – @TPMLiveWire

1 min ago from livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com by editor
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http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/harkin-declines-to-say-who-he-wants-to

canopfor on January 26, 2013 at 12:45 PM

…too many cows?

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2013 at 12:49 PM

You’re not from Iowa I take it. The Republican Party of Iowa has been taken over by Ron Paul nuts who know kowtow to anything out of the lips of Rand Paul. I like Sen. Paul well enough, but when RPI is more interested in posting updates on a Senator from Kentucky than its own people, well, you know you have a problem.

Hostile Gospel on January 26, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Grew up there, moved away 8 years ago, but still try to keep up. I haven’t heard much about the Paulians in the RPI (a recent development?). If anything, I’d been led to believe the Akin/Huckabee/Vander Plaats types were more of a cause for concern.

steebo77 on January 26, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Greyledge Gal on January 26, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Welcome! Sadly, most people don’t do the “right thing” any longer. Balanced Budget Amendments and Term Limits…but I don’t see it happen any time soon.

CoffeeLover on January 26, 2013 at 12:52 PM

…got any linky’s for the Palin thread?

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2013 at 12:39 PM

KOOLAID2:I havent seen anything on the radar yet:)

canopfor on January 26, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Wasn’t he from GA?

Greyledge Gal on January 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM

He’s from Alabama, but now lives – where else? – in northern Virginia.

He’s impressed me a lot over the last year with his reasoned arguments and Constitutional knowledge – as we know, most politicians are constitutionally illiterate. Speaking of which, I remember a poll that I read about 3 or 4 years ago. One of the questions asked of politicians from all levels of government was “What is the Electoral College?” A majority said that it was a place where wannabe and actual politicians went to learn about politics, campaigning and how to get elected. Not kidding. I wish that I could find it.

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Besides Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds is probably our best shot.

GOPRanknFile on January 26, 2013 at 1:02 PM

CoffeeLover on January 26, 2013 at 12:52 PM

I’ve been mostly lurking here since 2007 but do post from time to time. Nice to meet you!

Greyledge Gal on January 26, 2013 at 1:03 PM

CoffeeLover on January 26, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Hiya!

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 1:03 PM

canopfor on January 26, 2013 at 12:45 PM

…too many cows?

KOOLAID2 on January 26,2013 at 12:45PM

KOOLAID2:Lol,….Cow patties,or,Donkey Sh*t:)

canopfor on January 26, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Resist We Much on January 26, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Infuriating and sad isn’t it? Much like a Pew Poll that came out recently which showed a great number of people under 30 have no idea what Roe v Wade was (just as likely to say it was an EPA or other type of case). Our young people seem to be so woefully uneducated.

Greyledge Gal on January 26, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Besides Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds is probably our best shot.

GOPRanknFile on January 26, 2013 at 1:02 PM

She does seem to want it more than Branstad. She’d be a good candidate, IMO. I do wonder about the recovering alcoholic/DUI thing, though. Hopefully, it won’t be made an issue.

steebo77 on January 26, 2013 at 1:08 PM

I’ve been mostly lurking here since 2007 but do post from time to time. Nice to meet you!

Greyledge Gal on January 26, 2013 at 1:03 PM

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canopfor on January 26, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Gonna need a plunger. That’s three big ones.

msupertas on January 26, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Yeah, especially in the age of the low flow.

fitzfong on January 26, 2013 at 1:13 PM

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canopfor on January 26, 2013 at 1:15 PM

canopfor on January 26, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Many thanks! I’ll try not to set off any loose torpedoes. :)

Greyledge Gal on January 26, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Off to eat lunch – nice talking to y’all.

Greyledge Gal on January 26, 2013 at 1:16 PM

I hope that “Debt” Culver runs. I really do.

beatcanvas on January 26, 2013 at 1:20 PM

I hope that “Debt” Culver runs. I really do.

beatcanvas on January 26, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Have you seen him lately? I think he’d have trouble even walking.

steebo77 on January 26, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Grew up there, moved away 8 years ago, but still try to keep up. I haven’t heard much about the Paulians in the RPI (a recent development?). If anything, I’d been led to believe the Akin/Huckabee/Vander Plaats types were more of a cause for concern.

steebo77 on January 26, 2013 at 12:51 PM

You’ve captured both problems quite well. The latter of the two groups wouldn’t vote for Romney because they are strongly evangelist Christian. But hey – Obama!

The RPI takeover by Paulians isn’t winning anyone either. Iowa’s a mess all around.

beatcanvas on January 26, 2013 at 1:24 PM

On Chambliss — Georgia has been moving toward the left for years now as northern liberals continue to relocate there.

Nada. Obamass couldn’t even keep his campaign office open in Atlanta. We’re red until we’re dead. ;)

DanaSmiles on January 26, 2013 at 1:32 PM

canopfor on January 26, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Many thanks! I’ll try not to set off any loose torpedoes. :)

Greyledge Gal on January 26, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Greyledge Gal:Lol,D*mn ye torpedoes,……have a great day:)

canopfor on January 26, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Good riddance. Steve King would win easily if he ran.

sauldalinsky on January 26, 2013 at 1:44 PM

The Hill ‏@thehill

Harkin promised wife that they would “live together in a way we’ve often talked about — before it gets too late” http://j.mp/YuWdfZ
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canopfor on January 26, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Good riddance. Steve King would win easily if he ran.

sauldalinsky on January 26, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Sure, if you lopped off the eastern half of the state. I like Steve King (even met him a few times – really nice guy), and he’s well suited for Northwest Iowa, but I don’t think he’d be as popular in Des Moines or the Quad Cities.

steebo77 on January 26, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Can we retire the ethanol susbidy also??

Khun Joe on January 26, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Good riddance. Steve King would win easily if he ran.

Um…no? Are you familiar with Iowa, or do you just like Steve King because of his national prominence with hardcore conservatives? He is marginally popular in his district, but he is wildly disliked in the eastern (and more populous) part of the state.

King would be a disaster of a nominee, the perfect example of Republicans shooting themselves in the face by nominating the one candidate who could lose a winnable race.

The answer is Terry Branstad. Branstad would be a shoo-in. Tom Latham would also be a strong candidate. Of the three Iowa Republicans in prominent positions, however, the only one that cannot win is Steve King.

Esoteric on January 26, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Tom Latham (GOP Congressman from SW Iowa is an example of a non-Eastern IA Republican who could still win in a statewide race. Very conservative, but not a firebrand who would give the heebie-jeebies to people living in Des Moine, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, or the Quad Cities.

Steve King, on the other hand, is poison to those moderate GOP’ers and swing voter types. He’s like Michele Bachmann in Minnesota: he can survive in his particular region, but would flop statewide.

Esoteric on January 26, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Problem with Branstad is he’d be another Olympia Snow. Look at his record on national issues.

Jim-Rose on January 26, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Die Harkin. And rot in Hell.

M240H on January 26, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Esoteric on January 26, 2013 at 2:02 PM
Esoteric on January 26, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Agreed. I’ve lived in King’s district and in Southeast Iowa. Quite a difference.

Branstad and Latham would both be favored to win. Reynolds would also be strong. King, however, makes me nervous statewide.

steebo77 on January 26, 2013 at 2:15 PM

King is not too different than Bachmann and Akin, in terms of electability. He can win his district, but would be incredibly weak statewide.

GOPRanknFile on January 26, 2013 at 2:19 PM

After the 2012 fiasco in Senate races, I will not get my hopes up.

SouthernGent on January 26, 2013 at 2:45 PM

The Hill ‏@thehill

Harkin promised wife that they would “live together in a way we’ve often talked about — before it gets too late” http://j.mp/YuWdfZ
=================================================================

canopfor on January 26, 2013 at 1:47 PM

I’m taking this to mean that they will retire to their house in the Bahamas, and not be spending too much time (or ANY time at all, for that matter) at the run-down crappy bungalow in Winterset he lists as his iowa residence.

It’s the progressive thing to do, after all…………..

djm1992 on January 26, 2013 at 3:22 PM

A commenter tells me that Chet Culver isn’t related to the Culver family that founded the fast-food chain. Since I couldn’t find a good reference one way or the other, I’ve removed that from the post above, and apologize for the error.

Correct, he’s not. But his father, John Culver, occupied the Senate seat held now by Chuck Grassley’s.

If I was a betting man, Chet Culver is heavily eyeing the now open Senate seat. Culver is relatively young. If he makes it to the United States Senate, he’ll eventually be running for President, or Vice President.

Jurisprudence on January 26, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Craig Robinson ‏@IowaGOPer

Source close to Congressman Steve King: He’s giving it a serious look. Apparently his phone is blowing up. #iowa

sauldalinsky on January 26, 2013 at 4:46 PM

If I was a betting man, Chet Culver is heavily eyeing the now open Senate seat. Culver is relatively young. If he makes it to the United States Senate, he’ll eventually be running for President, or Vice President.

Jurisprudence on January 26, 2013 at 4:17 PM

I think you’re way overestimating Culver’s appeal. He wasn’t particularly popular by the end of his term, and Branstad bounced his substantial backside out of the Governor’s mansion back in 2010. Granted I don’t live in Iowa anymore, but I get back a couple times a year, and I’ve heard nothing from family and friends, or anyone else, to make me think he’s had a great resurgance in popularity.

Braley is the one to really be worried about. If the Socialists nominate Culver for this seat, they’d be giving just about the best gift the Republicans could hope for. Branstad and Latham could probably beat him, and though I don’t know much about Reynolds, based on what I’m seeing people write here, she could probably top him too.

Unfortunately, it’s Iowa; a state that should be more red than it is, and where for some reason Democrats Socialists overperform and Republicans underperform. With that fact in mind, Culver could pull it off if Republicans screw up, but they would still most likely be able to beat him….

djm1992 on January 26, 2013 at 5:31 PM

The Iowa GOP chairman is a very strong Ron Paul supporter. I would expect someone like that to be the IA SEN-GOP nominee.

Rndguy on January 26, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Die Harkin. And rot in Hell.

M240H on January 26, 2013 at 2:14 PM

After the 2012 fiasco in Senate races, I will not get my hopes up.

SouthernGent on January 26, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Agreed on both. Harkin is one of the vermin who flew to Nicaragua to visit with the tin-pot Marxist Ortega. But the otherwise sane people of Iowa kept electing him to the Senate. Makes no sense.

Jaibones on January 26, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Hades awaits the charlatanic thug.

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2013 at 6:54 PM

I hope he, McCain, Lautenberg, Reid, McConnell all end up in the same creche and a few leftist commenters from HA get to wipe their azzes.

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Agreed. I’ve lived in King’s district and in Southeast Iowa. Quite a difference.

Branstad and Latham would both be favored to win. Reynolds would also be strong. King, however, makes me nervous statewide.

steebo77 on January 26, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Hey steebo77. I have lived in what I call Harkin county (otherwise known as Warren county) and I own a farm in S.E. Iowa. I think Iowans are bi-polar anyway. Getting more liberal every year though.

Then you have the Repub party which is really just an extension of the Doug Gross clown show. Gross is the puppetmaster of the party and basically runs Branstad. I left the party years ago due to all the repub squishes. They absolutely despise conservatives.

HalSandro on January 26, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Um…no? Are you familiar with Iowa, or do you just like Steve King because of his national prominence with hardcore conservatives? He is marginally popular in his district, but he is wildly disliked in the eastern (and more populous) part of the state.

Esoteric on January 26, 2013 at 2:02 PM

52.9% King
44.9% Vilsack

That is an 8 point victory. King is more than “marginally” popular in his district with an 8 point victory.

You are correct the key for any IA GOP-SEN candidate (not just King) is keeping Black Hawk, Linn, Johnson, Scott, Story and Polk counties close enough. In these college/urban heavy counties King is despised and any GOP candidate will be ‘marginal’ at best. I believe Lt-Gov Reynolds has the best shot, but the national media (notice I didn’t say local) will have a field day with her DUI issue. Branstand is getting up there in age himself, so I don’t see him doing it. Basically the GOP bench isn’t deep in Iowa and Harkin knows that. The Democrats bench is deeper by far. This is why I predict a DEM hold on this seat. Iowans like balance of power (look at our Statehouse and how we voted for senators from two parties for quite a few years). The IA GOP party has organizational and internal issues that they can’t pull it out.

Rndguy on January 27, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Then you have the Repub party which is really just an extension of the Doug Gross clown show. Gross is the puppetmaster of the party and basically runs Branstad. I left the party years ago due to all the repub squishes. They absolutely despise conservatives.

HalSandro on January 26, 2013 at 8:20 PM

While Gross may be an adviser to Branstad the Iowa GOP is currently ran by ardent Ron Paul supporters. The Iowa GOP has had quite a bit of drama leaked out into the public over this very issue and it has been embarrassing for their grassroots movement. Accordingly it is the state GOP party that will lose this race, not Gross or Branstad.

Rndguy on January 27, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Bmore on January 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM
…hi Bud Bmore…the Palin thread is still going!…still on the right side!

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Why you gotta be such a jack-ass? Stirring up shit just for the fun of it? And you you always gotta throw out multiple comments to open a thread. You just like to hear yourself talk?

Big John on January 27, 2013 at 12:44 AM

The Des Moines Register is one of the most liberal yellow journalism rags in the country. And eastern Iowa is as blue as they come. As usual, it’s the cities vs. the rural areas. No one was more surprised than me when Bransted won re-election.

catsandbooks on January 26, 2013 at 12:13 PM

No shite…I stopped my subscription after the horrible presidential primary they sponsored with PBS. I was shocked to see this news. No more Harkin BBQ where Obama stood there with hands at his waist, while the rest of the participants had their’s over their heart for the National Anthem…

Grassley has been a counter-weight to Harkin…and Iowa’s unemployment rate is 4.9%, under a REPUBLICAN governor–Branstad.

lovingmyUSA on January 27, 2013 at 5:55 AM

good riddance, unfortunately they’ll just elect another blue team hypocrite

burserker on January 27, 2013 at 10:58 AM