Friday, March 20, 2015

Scott Walker Strategist Speaks Truth About Iowa - Gets Fired

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Presidential hopeful Scott Walker has fired strategist Liz Mair for being much, much too honest and outspoken about Iowa. Apparently she doesn't like the place, the politicians, or Iowa's historical role as one of the earliest primaries. She doesn't like the fact that while in Iowa groveling for the Presidency, you have to kiss the butt of Rep. Steve King.

From Huffington Post
Liz Mair, a veteran Republican strategist, announced on Tuesday her resignation from Walker's nascent campaign after a conservative furor over a series of tweets in which she criticized Iowa's caucus system -- and its ethanol politics -- for having undue influence over the nominating process. The backlash snowballed Tuesday night, when Iowa GOP Chair Jeff Kaufmann called for Mair's firing over the "naive" and "juvenile" comments.

Her downfall took about 24 hours - Hired on Monday, Forced to Resign on Tuesday

On Tuesday, shortly before 5 p.m., the New York Times ran a story quoting Iowa state Republican Chairman Jeff Kauffman, who said Mair “doesn’t have a clue what Iowa’s all about” and that Walker should fire her. That same story also quoted the co-chairman of a county Republican Party and the co-chairman of the state party saying similar things.
At 12:03 a.m. Wednesday, the AP reported that Mair was no longer a member of Walker’s campaign.
“The tone of some of my tweets concerning Iowa was at odds with that which Gov. Walker has always encouraged in political discourse,” she said in a statement. “I wish Gov. Walker and his team all the best.”

Of course many of us in the rest of America totally agree with her. But in today's GOP which is based on "purity" of thought and tweet, you just can't be this honest and practical. There's no room in the Grand Old Party for new ideas or reformation. It's sad but true.

Of course, she is still a Republican, and even while ranting about her situation - caused by conservatives - she blamed the Democrats for "digging up her tweets."

Of course it's the Right Wing Nut Jobs in Iowa who are attacking her - not the Dems!

That's a plus for the GOP, but . . .

Sorry, now they have to hate you! Because God!

A few conservative pundits have come to Mair's defense - strange bedfellows, if you ask me! And why is pundit Erick Erickson of Red State telling his own party members to "DIAF" or "Die in a Fire"? I guess because he is more of a Libertarian these days - so to hell with everyone else, right?

From Erickson of Red State
UPDATE: I see from the Associated Press that Liz Mair has resigned from Governor Walker’s campaign. Given Liz’s work history, I will put it to you this way — Team Walker has botched this. There’s just no way Liz Mair resigned with it being her idea. I haven’t talked to her yet, but there’s just no way. So instead of Walker owning this, he’s passed the ball and made a staffer off herself. That’s unfortunate and plays into the “not ready for prime time” theme already developing around Team Walker. At least it is early.
But the voices who decided to stir this pot need to DIAF as far as I’m concerned.

But Erickson is a Sinner with a Dirty Mind:

Jonah Goldberg on National Review
Walker talks a big game about standing up to labor unions and the left — and rightly so. His record as governor is nothing short of heroic. He even suggested that his record of standing up to the left at home suggests the kind of leadership he’d show in the fight against ISIS. He phrased it poorly, but the point he was trying to make was that he can’t be intimidated. Well, maybe. I don’t know Mair very well. But if Erickson is right, and I’d bet he is, then Mair was asked to fall on her sword. Even if she wasn’t asked but volunteered, the point remains that Walker accepted her resignation because a bunch of party apparatchiks in Iowa are terrified of any dissent over their gravy train.


Liz Mair's Original Problem Tweets
That Drove Iowa Crazy:

Post-Firing Tweets:

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