Yesterday’s announcement by Bob Vander Plaats for Governor of Iowa wasn’t a surprise to anyone. The real surprise was he offered nothing new. I realize this blog has been a little rough on Bob but I have written nothing that wasn’t true. Here is another truth. Bob needs depth in his campaign or he will become a four time loser.
I listened to him on Jan Mickelson’s show yesterday and heard the same Bob I’ve heard the last 3,002 days. He’s a great coach or preacher but doesn’t offer any specifics, ever. I want to hear exactly what programs he will cut and what programs are working. I want to know exactly who will get tax cuts and who won’t. I want to know exactly how he will strengthen the sanctity of life. Will he continue to throw money at our schools or will he fight the unions and if so, how? Please Bob, if you are in this for the long haul, brush up on the specifics and offer real solutions – not just lofty conservative rhetoric.
I don’t know how many of you wonder why the most conservative blogger in Iowa is writing less than flattering articles about Bob Vander Plaats. Well – that is the reason. He doesn’t make conservatives look good. He’s like the believer that comes up to you and says we need to get rid of abortion because it is really bad but has absolutely no idea how to do it. Believers like that are a dime a dozen. On the other hand, leaders, those who can actually make a difference and change something, are few and far between. Iowa deserves and needs a leader who can change the path we are going down.