Skip to comments.Iowa's Sen. Harkin [D] to retire: Won't seek re-election
Posted on 01/26/2013 8:46:09 AM PST by fieldmarshaldjEdited on 01/26/2013 9:22:59 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
CUMMING (AP) - Iowa Senator Tom Harkin said he will not seek re-election in 2014.
The 73-year-old told The Associated Press in an interview, "It's just time to step aside."
By the time Harkin would finish a sixth term, he would be 81 years old.
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Dungheap Harkin...that POS?
and don’t let the door hit you in the backside on the way out, comrade.
I go for both: Harken to swiftly and hastily exit thru the door, AND a just as SWIFT HEAVY WHACK of the that door on his backside.
Good. I can’t stand that smug prick.
TOM HARKIN, FAKE WAR HERO
It is short and has some details about lies bout being a pilot.
*Harkin to retire ping*
He is one of the biggest disgraces and dumbest men to ever serve in the Senate.
I expect the GOP establishment may try to persuade Gov. Branstad to run (which means he won’t run for another term as Governor), but he will be 68 and should’ve run against Harkin back in 1990 after he finished his first two terms as Governor. Conservatives will want Congressman Steve King, fresh off a difficult reelection.
Dem side could be a bloodbath, with perhaps both Dem Congressmembers, ex-Govs. Vilsack and Culver all getting in, though I expect there will be pressure to unify behind a single candidate (if I had to guess, probably Vilsack). Still, this should be an excellent pick-up opportunity for us in what should be a good GOP year in 2014.
Please take Little Dick Durbin with you.
Sounds good, but Iowa Republicans have no bench.
Beyond Branstad, there’s Steve King and Tom Latham and a big list of wannabes.
I’d pick Matt Shutlz, but he’s probably too young and too ‘divisive’.
With Paultards running the state party while ordinary R voters are ‘moderate’, I expect a disaster and another lib Democrat senator.
Well, that’s a good morale booster. Thanks!
Like the “men” who snuck into the lifeboats as the Titanic sank, these clowns are bailing before the shit hits the fan.
My Titanic reference breaks down when we understand that, unlike the cowards aboard Titanic, our current cowards steered our sinking ship of state straight into the iceberg at full speed, laughing all the way.
And, in a classic example that no bad deed goes unrewarded, instead of arriving back on land excoriated by others for their shameful behavior, these clowns now shuffle off to a cushy taxpayer funded retirement! THAT is something we really must fix by returning “service” to public service and rotating these clowns every few years with TERM LIMITS and seiously reduced retirement benes.
"...The blogosphere has clearly shown the world that there are a whole host of stories that old media doesn't cover out of sheer "laziness"
LOL! Pure bullsh t. It's not laziness...they are enablers, partners in crime...their job is to deflect/re-focus attention away from their corrupt comrades and instead dump on their ideological opposites.
Patton(movie): "You and Ike don't have to get involved, you're so damn soft about it. You leave it to me. In ten days I'll have us a war with those sons-a-bitches and I'll make it look like their fault."
...mix in some Saul Alinsky tactics and you control the narrative to an(extremely)gullible public.
Conservatives better figure out a way to combat this strategy(aside from politics/spineless GOP politicians)...or game over.
You are right about that.
Steven King for US Senate?
Best news today!
That's the first thing that I thought, too. It looks like he already has an "F" rating from the NRA, though. He probably would have voted for the gun control bill anyway.
This is totally different from the Chambliss announcement. Saxby was gonna get primaried, and could well have lost. Harkin would win, but it'd be a tough campaign, and since the Dems are gonna lose the senate in 2014, why bust your back to win a seat in the MINORITY
Hot damn....about time
“A great pick-up opportunity for us with the right candidate.”
That is what we said about Missouri, North Dakota, and Montana last year, all red states won easily by Romney.
OK, how do we keep the voters from voting third party, throwing the seat to the Dems.
That is the question.
According to the latest figures I could find — for 2011 — 75 members of the Senate in that year had American Conservative Union lifetime ratings lower than 90 percent.
Since the Senate hasn’t changed much in the past two years, Conservatives will have an opportunity to pick up 75 more seats in the Senate over the next three election cycles. During that time, many old Democratic and RINO geezers will be calling it a day for one reason or another.
If the Conservative cause is alive and well, many young Conservatives will be enlisting to fight the enemy by becoming candidates for the U.S. Senate in the next few years. Conservative organizations should be aggressively recruiting such candidates, since the RNC is in the grip of moderates, then training them in how to conduct winning campaigns.
Good news, now I will look for the announcement of his last day on Earth.
Yes, and whichever Republican runs had better erase the word “rape” from his vocabulary.
Daniel Ortega is saddened by the news.
Good riddance to Harkin—an old Commie traitor from way, way back.
Great point. Also, if a reporter asks you about the age of the Earth answer: “That question would be best directed to Dr. XXXX, head of the Geology Department of the nearest university”. If they ask again or ask a variation of this question, same answer.
Man, wish my dad, a long time Iowa conservative was still alive to hear this news.
The only thing I know him from is Howard Dean’s famous gaffe. “Not only are we going to New Hampshire, Tom Harkin...”
Good firetrucking riddance.
Iowa wouldn’t vote him out.
Praises for his retirement and may it be short.
Good. He was a liar anyway, saying he flew around Vietnam, I believe...then exposed as a liar.
Most Democrats get away with lying, (see: Bill Clinton) or sodomizing their staff (see: Gerry Studds), or even killing someone (see: Ted Kennedy).
Such behavior is celebrated by the perverted left.
Yes!!! Since Missouri does not have a Senate race this time, my Tea Party group is eager to get involved in this race and help "the right candidate".
IF ANYONE HAS ANY IOWA TEA PARTY CONTACTS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!
Excellent, he’s so irritating.
Why do I have the feeling that obama has hand picked the replacement during the past four years?
We don't want to lose him in the House, although his seat should be a safe Republican seat.
I truly only care about which one of these would be our toughest candidate to defeat the Democrat. Latham might be that person. He's proven to be a consistent winner, even in a district that is not as conservative as SK's district.
Probably our strongest general-election candidate would be Congressman Tom Latham of IA-03. Latham got screwed over in redistricting in both 2000 and 2010, each forcing him to run in a district that was almost entirely new to him and less Republican than the previous one, yet was able to win rather comfortably each time. Over his 15 years or so in the House, he has represented nearly half the state, and his current district is based in Des Moines (the state’s largest city) and was carried by Obama 51.24%-46.97% last year, which was only 0.76% less Democrat than the state as a whole. Latham is an experienced campaigner, has a conservative voting record without being polarizing, and has a history of winning independent and Democrat votes. While I’m a big fan of Congressman Steve King, he has only won in comfortably Republican districts, and I don’t think he’d fare very well running statewide in a state where McCain and Romney only got 44% and 46%, respectively.
Just go for the one most likely to defeat the Democrat. Any of them would be far better than any Democrat.
I personally know everyone of these mentioned. They’re all fine people, now just to sort out who would be the strongest candidate.
You beat me by 18 seconds (check out my post #45).
Well, it looks like you and I have this analyzed the same.