Iowa conservative Congressman Steve King was the beaming moderator of his presidential candidate shindig the Freedom Forum held in Des Moines on January 24, 2014.
It achieved several goals.
First of all, it just about terminated Sara Palins strange political adventure. She was her usual cutsie, nasty, "pokey," sarcastic self. But then suddenly she started lurching into incomprehensible babble. The crowd at the event looked puzzled. She incoherently lurched on, finished, got applause and walked off the stage.
We now learn that the teleprompter suddenly quit on her. Who knew that her pronouncements were actually scripted? Who knew that she can't just pick up and extemporaneously go on?
Now the rumor in Iowa is that someone (the search is on) deliberately stopped or jammed the teleprompter to terminate her career.
But in fact Palin is a big distraction to the 2016 march to the White House. She's just not serious and in a dangerous world even conservative Republicans have said she's unacceptable as President.The crowd at King's event was appalled and they are about as forgiving an audience as Palin will ever get.
Second, Steve King has chosen his "winners" from the event: Texas Senator Ted Cruz (see picture) and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
Iowa governor Terry Branstad is apparently furious. He wants to keep the Iowa caucuses unbiased and wide open so that all contenders will come to the caucuses in February 2016. Maybe he was so upset that he fainted and required hospitalization a few days after the King Summit.
If you are Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, Piyush "Bobby" Jindal, or Mitt Romney would YOU now feel that Iowa is unbiased?
Governor Branstad, please get well quickly and fix the problem. Iowa should be open to all contenders at this point in the race to the White House.