In Iowa, It’s Time to Choose. But Whose Time Is It…?

Maggie, on the heels of your posting the Trump Twitter-rage against Iowa pastor Bob Vander Plaats, then his pointed rebuttal, I thought to add a bit of information Mr. Trump probably hadn’t considered when he let his hubris out of its cage only days before the Iowa Caucus. There’s an old adage in politics that you not attack anyone who buys ink by the barrel. In the digital age, that translates to not attacking someone with the heft to push out millions of impressions to the most influential voting block in the state in a short period of time. Like

Vander Plaats: Four Reasons Trump Should Not Be President

Bob Vander Plaats is not letting Donald Trump get to him, but he is responding to Trump’s charges and quite correctly asking Iowa voters: do we really want a guy like that in the White House? National Review reports: When he took the stage here to kick off Cruz’s townhall-style event, Vander Plaats immediately referenced his ‘little spat’ with Trump over Twitter, and cited it as evidence that Trump lacks the ‘judgment and discernment’ to be president. This wasn’t an isolated incident, Vander Plaats argued. He pointed to four episodes that he said similarly demonstrated Trump’s poor judgment: His assertion

Trump’s Twitter Rant Against Iowa’s Bob Vander Plaats

Bob Vander Plaats is an influential Iowa pastor with a network whose support for Rick Santorum in 2012 helped boost Rick to the unexpected victory in Iowa. This time, Vander Plaats has endorsed and is campaigning for Ted Cruz, leading to another of those strange Donald Trump late-night Twitter rants calling Vander Plaats a “phony” and accusing him of — I’m not sure what — asking for free hotel nights from Trump? Why doesn’t phony @bobvanderplaats tell his followers all the times he asked for him and his family to stay at my hotels-didn’t like paying — Donald J. Trump

Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Cruz Cruising While Rubio Looks Outmaneuvered

HOT: The big dogs of the social conservative movement have voted, and their candidate is Ted Cruz.  The effort among leading social conservative organizations to coalesce around one candidate – in order to maximize their influence on the nomination process – is a quadrennial initiative which usually comes to naught.  But this year, doubtless due to fear of The Donald, the objective was achieved. As noted previously, Cruz has been endorsed this week by the National Organization for Marriage and Richard Viguerie.  Other participants in the social conservative consensus project will follow suit.  But the big get is Iowan Bob Vander

Vander Plaats Endorses Cruz

The move to Ted Cruz by prominent social conservatives continues, as Iowa’s most politically influential evangelical Bob Vander Plaats just announced he has personally endorsed Cruz. “At the end of the day, we truly believe that Ted Cruz is the most consistent and principled conservative who has the ability to not only win Iowa but I believe to win the (Republican) nomination,” Bob Vander Plaats, the president of The FAMiLY Leader, told The Des Moines Register. A Washington Post columnist agrees, dubbing Cruz the real front-runner in the race: And Ted Cruz is the guy who looks best positioned to

Steve King Endorses Ted Cruz — Will Vander Plaats Be Next?

From Politico: Iowa Rep. Steve King on Monday endorsed Ted Cruz, a coup for the Texas senator who is seeking to gain ground with the first-in-the-nation caucus state’s conservative activists, with whom King is deeply influential. He made the announcement at a press conference in Iowa and in a video released on Twitter. King, an immigration hardliner who did not endorse in 2012, has been heavily courted this cycle by candidates vying to consolidate the conservative base. Recently, for example, he embarked on a pheasant hunt, an annual tradition, with candidates including Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby