Iowa’s governor is about to join a non-illustrious list of persons who seemed to have disappeared into the ether – those who give the opposition response to the State of the Union (SOTU) address. Most of those who get pushed into this limelight are seldom heard from again, especially those from he Republican side.
So let’s take a quick look at some of the Republican lesser lights of recent years. The result of such appearances for Republicans is to usually become a national laughing stock in a few short days. Covid Kim has the kind of stuff to make that happen.
Among those who followed Barack Obama included folks like Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, former Speaker Paul Ryan and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mitch Daniels, Joni Ernst, Nikki Haley, Marco Rubio and Cathy McMorris Rogers. How many of those folks can you even remember outside of Ernst and Rubio? Rubio’s claim to fame these days is a a punching bag for the former president.
Reynolds “earned” her spot for her lack of work in the fight against Covid. Few governors did less than she did. She was among the first to cut the reporting of daily updates. She has fought to keep kids unmasked in classrooms putting the kids and their teachers in jeopardy. And of course she reopened the state way too early in 202. Let us not forget her ignoring of the crises in Iowa’s nursing homes and Iowa’s meat packing plants. Typhoid Mary meet Covid Kim
She is also being rewarded for her complete selling out to corporate interests, her work to cut taxes for the wealthy, her hard push to ruin Iowa’s public school system and her instrumental work in running Iowa’s youth out of the state. She also really cracked down on those who were out of work due to the pandemic.
In short she was almost the perfect Republican in her public office. Give to the rich and screw over the poor. May she reap the obscurity of those who respond to the SOTU.
Don’t forget, Deidre DeJear is running against Reynolds. DeJear cares about people.
Here is how our friends at Progress Iowa responded to the Reynolds announcement:
STATEMENT: Republicans reward Gov. Reynolds with national spotlight for being a corporate sellout
Des Moines, Iowa — Progress Iowa Executive Director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement in response to the announcement that Governor Kim Reynolds will give the GOP response to President Biden’s State of the Union address:
“Next week, Americans will hear from President Biden about how he has delivered for working families through an unprecedented pandemic over the last year, in his State of the Union address.
“Today we learned that national Republicans are rewarding their favorite sellout, Corporate Kim Reynolds, by handpicking her to give the response to the President.
“Iowans work hard to take care of our families, and want to do right by our neighbors. But Gov. Reynolds has abandoned those values, and now is being propped up by Republicans in D.C. because of it. Washington Republicans are giving Corporate Kim this platform because she ignored working families in favor of corporate greed and outsourced our health care to private companies who get to decide whether we live or die based on profit. She has given the wealthiest corporations one handout after another, while taking money away from our public schools, public safety, and health care services.
“Over the last year, while President Biden worked to get Americans vaccinated and back to work, Corporate Kim Reynolds put our families in unsafe conditions to fatten her corporate donors’ profits and worsen her workforce crisis. We deserve better. It’s time our nation’s leaders agree to put people over corporations. Instead of selling corporate greed on the nation’s stage, Gov. Reynolds should stay home and work to solve her workforce crisis.”
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As reported in the NEW YORK TIMES, polls indicate that THE most partisan issue, meaning the issue that most clearly divides the two major political parties, is the environment. It is more partisan than guns or abortion.
So Reynolds is an excellent Republican speech choice for that reason also. She is a fine embodiment of the general Republican attitude toward the climate, water, air, soil, biodiversity, etc. etc., that basic attitude being “meh.”