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June 16, 2014 2:51 PM Iowa GOPers Tweak Platform—To Make It Crazier

By Ed Kilgore

Last week I wrote about the draft Iowa Republican platform being considered by a state convention that was supposedly a paragon of sensible pragmatism as compared to its most immediate predecessor. At the time I wondered if the document, which included all sorts of craziness about repealing the 16th and 17th amendments and confronting the Godless One-World Menace of Agenda 21, was drafted by the formerly Paulite state committee, and might be amended at the actual convention to take out some of The Crazy.

Well, according to the Des Moines Register’s Jason Noble, only ten amendments were considered, and all but two were voted down. One of the successful amendments, reflecting an Tea Party preoccupation, endorsed the idea of legislation being limited to one topic (you know, to get rid of the tricks whereby The Folks are fooled by crafty earmarkers and others who roll logs). The other, which passed narrowly, but Iowa Republicans on record as opposing the Awful Specter of Shariah Law.

Platform aside, the big moment at the convention was described as follows by The Iowa Republican’s Kevin Hall:

By far, the highlight of the state convention was the whole scene of Sam Clovis’ nomination for state treasurer. The crowd jumped to its feet the second Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds nominated him.

That would be Sam Clovis, the unsuccessful Constitutional Conservative candidate for the Senate.

Yeah, the moderation is just running wild in the Iowa GOP.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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