This week Des Moines Lawyer Scott Brennan was elected by IDP. A former employee of Tom Harkin and friend of Chet Culver, Brennan seems a logical choice. Except for one thing- he supports John Edwards nascent Presidential campaign. Something that Governor Vilsack's people bristled at. The lesson we learn from this is that in politics as in life, memories are short. Vilsack won't have some of the small benefits that come with having a state party behind you in a Presidential campaign- something he'd expect in his home state. But until he gets serious VP juice, his usefulness is past and Iowa Democrats are moving on.
Interestingly enough the Presidential implications have as of yet not played a part in the race for RPI Chair- as none of the major four candidates Bonnie Hall, Bill Dix, Danny Carroll, and current chair Ray Hoffman have overt Presidential leanings. We'll see if that changes as the election apporoaches.
There's one name we left off that list- intentionally this time- Bob Vanderplaats. Word is that the Lt. Gov nominee is feeling out donors and activists alike about the possibility of a BVP run for Senate versus Teflon Tom Harkin.
Also as our Iowa Hawkeyes have accepted a bid to take on defending national champion Texas in the Alamo Bowl- we at the Cooler wanted to take this opportunity to point you to Chuck Todd's article on how the 2008 Presidential Race is like the BCS.
Hat Tip to the Civic Skinny for some of the background on the IDP Chairmanship Race.