Clinton isn’t even trying here



The football season ended Saturday when St. John’s beat St. Thomas in football in Collegevile, Minn. Back to politics: Hillary Clinton is poised to lose Iowa. It is hers to lose, and the polls with other indicators suggest that she will.

The Democrats hopes are pinned on early voting.

By Monday morning, the Buena Vista County Auditor’s Office had received 250 requests for absentee ballots from voters of all persuasions. Absentee requests are way down at this point in the cycle — early voting starts at the Auditor’s Office on Thursday — compared to previous presidential elections.

Iowa Democratic Party Chair Andy McGuire says not to worry.

She stopped by The Storm Lake Times office last week as part of a whistle-stop tour of Carroll, Sioux City and Storm Lake to encourage early voting.

McGuire — who is married into the Holstein clan — is always optimistic.

She says that Democrats have a different strategy this time around, which the party is keeping close to the vest. It reportedly involves targeting registered voters who have been inconsistent in turning in absentee ballots, rather than targeting every Democratic early voter. The party must think it knows on which voters it can rely to turn in the ballot.

She notes that the state party, with the Clinton campaign, has opened 33 field offices compared to one for Trump. Storm Lake is host to a Democratic field office and organizer. Trump’s lone office is in Des Moines.

McGuire explains that the party has made more than one million phone calls to recruit voters.

“It’s amazing,” she said.

I hold to the notion that Clinton will lose the state unless she makes a showing in the Fourth Congressional District.

Unless she can turn out Latino voters at more than 50% levels here and win independents she will not be able to overcome the huge Republican count expected from Dutch country.

Iowa is supposed to be a key swing state. Democrats who can speak to rural voters (like Tom Harkin) can win statewide races. Clinton isn’t even trying.

Tim Kaine showed up in Ames recently to attract young voters at Iowa State University — the original land grant ag school. The son of Kansas City did not mention farm, small town or rural once in the shadow of where Henry Wallace once stood.

We have begged for former Honduran missionary Kaine to come to Storm Lake to offer local Latinos hope for a secure future here. What we got was Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., an Iraq war veteran, who attracted three Latinos during a recent stop.

There are more than 17,000 registered Latino voters in the Fourth.

You would think they all moved to California.

And there are plenty of moderate Republicans and independents who are offended by Donald Trump and Steve King. State Sen. David Johnson, I-Ocheyedan, is one of them. He recently quit the Republican Party over Trump’s blatant racism.

Bill Clinton, if not Tim Kaine, knows how to speak to these folks who believe they got left behind with their guns and Bibles.

Various polls show Trump leading Clinton in Iowa, one of which shows the race outside the margin of error.

Their hope is that GOP turnout will be low with no serious challenge to Grassley or King, and not a whole lot of enthusiasm for Trump. State Rep. Gary Worthan, R-Storm Lake, didn’t even bother to show up at an American Association of University Women candidate forum in Storm Lake. His Democratic challenger, Sara Huddleston, did. Worthan has not raised money, either. But Huddleston can’t even get money out of the teachers union.

If this is what you call a 50-state strategy, then Puerto Rico is in and Iowa is back to territorial status.

Barack Obama won this state twice. The Harkin and Vilsack machinery, which needs some grease, is still there. Andy McGuire is the best chairman the state could ask for because she actually does know rural and pro-life Democrats with manure on their boots. She will make a great governor someday.

Something could happen. Donald Trump could insult hog producers. He might have made an indecent gesture during the debate Monday. Or Hillary Clinton could decide she needs Iowa.