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Steffen Schmidt

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Opinion: Could Obama Buyer's Remorse in NH, Iowa Leave Room for a Challenge on the Left?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The lesson is that presidents who are challenged within their own party are often wounded politically and lose the election to the other party. A serious challenge to an incumbent president is a canary in the political coalmine. Something is wrong.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Why Ames was a Win for Ron Paul (Not Bachmann) and Where the GOP Race Goes Now

Sunday, August 14, 2011

All Bachmann did was hold on to a tenuous first place in a rapidly changing and dangerous environment. Ron Paul may have actually “won” the straw poll because it’s an expectations game.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Iowa Straw Polls of Years Past Offer Few Predictions. Here's One Anyway

Friday, August 12, 2011

The straw poll allows minor and far-fetched individuals to run in a visible contest and have a good time, but doesn't mean much. The 2007 Poll was an especially good example of this where Mitt Romney won the Poll, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee took home the caucus victory, and Sen. John McCain got the nomination.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Scoring the Iowa Debate - Bachmann Makes Good, Palin Wins in Absentia

Friday, August 12, 2011

I blogged the Ames debate live for WNYC, New York and I came away with the following observations.

First, the debate was way too long. In Operas you have an intermission and then resume the show – my dad always fell asleep in the second half. In debates ...

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Opinion: Europe Has a Centralized Money Policy - Look Where it Got Them

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

The Fed and the federal government manage one-size-fits-all policies. Yet, the United States is fully as diverse as Europe in terms of regional economies and problems.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Iowa Straw Poll Preview: Who's In and Who Will Win?

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Once again the process is pregnant with too many people who think they are qualified to even mention that they are running for president.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: As Tea Party Stands on Principles over Debt, 2012 Candidates Watch and Learn

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Tea Party representatives seem to be operating on the basis of a different philosophy, which is called "standing on principle." This has never been tried before in Washington D.C.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Why is Chris Christie in Iowa? We'll Know the Answer in 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Recall also that a group of Iowa Republican leaders went to New Jersey and pleaded with the recently elected Christie to throw his hat in the ring for the 2012 caucuses. Christie turned down the offer to run for president, but his interest in Iowa has continued.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Iowa Straw Poll: How it Works and Why it Doesn't Matter

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Most people know what the Iowa caucuses are - the “first-in-the-nation” event where delegates are selected to support a wannabe candidate for President of the United States.

But before the caucuses take place on a freezing, windy January evening, there is another event that’s been gaining a lot of buzz ...

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Opinion: 2012 is a Paradigm Shift for the USA

Friday, June 17, 2011

All of our attention is focused on whom the Republicans will nominate to run for president of the United States against Barack Obama. While that is the simple way to approach what’s happening, the real story is that the United States is going through a serious “mega passage,” a “paradigm shift” if you prefer.

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An Iowan Take on New Hampshire Debate: Bachmann Wins

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The night’s real stand-out was Michelle Bachmann, who took advantage of the debate spotlight to announce she is running for president. She clearly and surprisingly won the debate. Bachmann was energetic and has a way with words, making some of the other wannabes look limp. Her experience in Congress showed and made her more credible than her critics might want to admit, and certainly complicates things for Sarah Palin.

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Newt Is Done in Iowa

Friday, June 10, 2011

The latest spin is that Newt can recover, attract a new team, and regain his footing. I completely disagree. This is a year when the GOP is anxious to weed out weak candidates since the potential field for the January 2012 caucuses is much too big and must be winnowed. Most of the GOP activists I talked with in the past day — none of them where Gingrich supporters — said good riddance. Literally, one of them said that!

Steffen Schmidt, Iowa State Political Scientist and It's A Free Country blogger

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Opinion: Rick Perry for President? The GOP's Wishful Thinking

Friday, June 03, 2011

Although there is a substantial field of GOP candidates or about-to-announce candidates in the wings, you get a clear feeling that the party heavyweights are not satisfied that it includes anyone who can beat President Obama in November.

-Steffen Schmidt, who has a message for the GOP: Better keep looking.

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Opinion: How We Know Sarah Palin is Running for President

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Nowadays the thing about running for president is that it can be a great career-booster for other stuff you are doing. Say you have a reality TV show with flagging ratings. You run for president, say a lot of provocative things like declaring a trade war with Italy by banning all pasta from American soil. Now you’ve really gotten some attention and you may end up with half a billion in free media. Then you say, 'I’m too busy spending time with my three ex-spouses so I decided I’m not running.'

-Steffen Schmidt, predicting Sarah Palin will definitely join the 2012 GOP race.

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Iowa Caucus Reverberations: Is America Beautiful Without Medicare?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Let me remind you that the Iowa caucuses are not about Newt or Sarah Palin. They are about Iowa sending on to New Hampshire and South Carolina someone who can get the nomination and then get elected president.

-Steffen Schmidt , on the power that the Iowa Caucuses hold.

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Opinion: Ron, Paul, Ron! The Case for the Original Tea Partier

Friday, May 13, 2011

Ron Paul is running for president.

Paul has been coming to Iowa for many years and has visited numerous times this year alone. I’ve been to Paul events. Many of my college students love him for the same reason they loved Ronald Reagan and their grandpa. He simplifies things to the bare bones and he represents personal freedom. He’s also bona fide “Mr. Budget Cutter” so he jibes with fiscal conservatives of many stripes. Here are some of his strengths as he heads again for Iowa in chase of the elusive and valuable Iowa caucus victory.

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Welcome to the Race, Newt. Things are About to Get Hard

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Now he’s asking moderate former Republicans, now listed as no-party or independents, to scrutinize him. I fear they will be less kind than the acolytes.

-Steffen Schmidt, on the tough road ahead for 2012 GOP hopeful Newt Gingrich

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Essay: Ryan Budget Blowback Should Scare the GOP in Iowa, and Elsewhere

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Ryan budget proposal is a political IED. In the last couple of days we’ve seen angry mobs at town hall meetings with GOP congress folks back in their districts. This year and 2012 will be a very bad year for billionaires and millionaires politically - I guarantee it. They have gone too far in their bonus excesses; the politicians that lap out of their money bowls have gone too far in shifting the burden of the military, medical and other programs to the middle class.

-Steffen Schmidt, on the changing political tides.

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When CEOs Become Politicians

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

WNYC

A huge airplane with TRUMP splattered on the side landed in Des Moines Monday. The Donald was not on board. No doubt too busy yelling "You're Fired!" at some of his peeps. His right-hand-man was onboard, having arrived in Iowa to work the state for Trump and suck the oxygen out of a church-sponsored event for a bunch of actual Republican presidential wannabes.

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Colorado's Tea Party Lessons

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Recently, I blogged at InsiderIowa.com about trouble in the Colorado Republican Party. I wrote that although the Tea Party mobilized Republicans at the base for the 2010 election and managed to create momentum sufficient to give the GOP a big victory, not all is well in elephant land. Colorado could be a lesson, and a warning for Iowa’s first in the nation test for 2012.

Saying he's "tired of the nuts who have no grasp of what the state party's role is," Colorado Republican Chairman Dick Wadhams won't run for re-election. He warned that if the Tea Party continues to high-jack the larger Republican agenda and veers more sharply to the right, the GOP stands a good chance of losing Colorado's "large unaffiliated voter base."

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