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July 07, 2014 12:08 PM Transition Sabotage

By Ed Kilgore

Today’s news from Iowa (per Jennifer Jacobs of the Des Moines Register) brings back all sorts of memories of tales heard over the years about transition sabotage:

Apparently one of the Republican party leaders who lost his job changed the passwords to the Iowa GOP’s Twitter account, Facebook page and website on his way out the door, leaving the new leaders a bit hamstrung.
The last post on the party’s Facebook page is dated June 13. The last tweet from @IowaGOP account was on June 4, but it has since been deleted, leaving older tweets in place. And www.IowaGOP.org still says the chairman replaced last weekend is in charge.

It seems the purged Paulites (and/or hirelings of the post-Paulite social conservative interim state party chairman Danny Carroll) screwed up the IA GOP’s accounts as they cleaned out their desks, and kept control of the privacy settings. So the Bold New Pragmatist Iowa Republican Party has not exactly made a boffo impression on social media just yet.

Many of your may recall the incident when departing Clinton staffers removed or effaced the “W” keys on many a White House keyboard. And that was nothing compared to the experience of a friend of mine who was the first post-inaugural staffer to arrive in the Mississippi governor’s office in the first Republican administration since Reconstruction after a bitter general election: the outgoing Democratic staffers reportedly changed the locks, disconnected the phones, removed the light bulbs from the lamps, and even deleted the operating systems from the computers.

But those were interparty hijinks, while the Iowa sabotage is strictly within the Elephant Family. It bodes well for a good vicious Caucus season in 2015-16.

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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