Waning Republican Enthusiasm in Iowa

Waning Republican Enthusiasm in Iowa

by Paul Deaton

When I read James Q. Lynch's October 1, 2010 post at easterniowagovernment.com, my reaction was immediate and negative. The headline, “Republican Voter Numbers Surge” conveys the impression that there is something new going on with the Republicans. The photo of Iowa Republican Party chair Matt Strawn visually reinforces this notion.

The thing is that the Republican surge Mr. Lynch is referring to occurred in the time leading up to their contested primary last summer. While Republican registrations increased from 607,567 on June 1, 2010 to 644,838 on July 1, 2010 (around the primary), they have remained constant since then, evidence of lost momentum and waning Republican enthusiasm going into the election.

The only thing surging appears to be Mr. Lynch's workload and his hope to support a Republican agenda.

I have seen Mr. Lynch sitting on the dais in the Iowa statehouse, tacking away at his communications device, oblivious to the fact that real news was happening around him. His peers, Mike Glover and Kay Henderson were out working the rooms, collecting news from people.
Based on this article, Lynch appears to be an office jockey who gets to events when he has to, and constructs images that fit his current outlook without regard for the public interest. Reporters like Lynch are the image of a corporate drone and like the honey bee, always at the ready to fertilize the queen of corporate interests.

In today's media enterprises, people who rely on James Q. Lynch's organization for news are left with the likes of the corporate reporter, sitting with his or her communications device, conjuring pablum, sensationalism and inaccuracies to the detriment of the public interest, oblivious to what represents news. Any blogger can do that from a basement office, dressed in their pajamas.

Deaton is a native Iowan living in rural Johnson County and weekend
editor of Blog for Iowa.
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