I get it.
Iowa’s GOP members of its congressional delegation are in a sticky spot when it comes to the upcoming vote to certify the Electoral College results.
Mariannette Miller-Meeks won the Second District seat by six votes. Six.
Rita Hart is challenging those results and appealing to the House of Representatives.
Meanwhile, President Donald J. Trump (and millions of his supporters) have significant doubts about the validity of the Presidential Election results.
Republicans in Iowa don’t want to look like hypocrites. How in good conscience can they object to Biden’s “victory” while proclaiming Miller-Meeks the victor and Hart’s challenge “ugly politics?”
They’re not the same thing.
There has been recount after recount in Iowa’s Second District.
We all know the stories and speculation when it comes to the Presidential Election.
But here’s the thing…President Donald J. Trump’s election is infinitely more important than one House seat out of 435.
And I cannot tell you how many Trump supporters have told me that if this isn’t “righted” and “looked into,” we’ll never have a fair election again.
I don’t think they’re lying to me and I don’t think they’re exaggerating. They really believe it.
Randy Feenstra, Ashley Hinson and Mariannette Miller-Meeks were all establishment picks. I don’t think I’m hurting anyone’s feelings by saying that.
And we know what the establishment thinks about Donald Trump.
David Kochel, who was a big cheerleader for all three congressional candidates and is a key cog to the Branstad/Reynolds/Romney/Jeb! outfit here in the Hawkeye State, despises Trump. Loathes Trump. Cannot stand Trump. Is a NeverTrumper to the core.
What might he be advising these politicians to do?
But here’s the deal…
Donald Trump is wildly popular in Iowa. You cannot deny Trump’s electoral success in our state and the coattails he provided to Iowa Republicans in legislative races.
He is reason A and B that the GOP gained ground in the Iowa House when some speculated they could lose control of the chamber.
Here is the reality, though. These representatives and senators have two choices.
One, they can object to the Electoral College results.
Or, they can certify the results.
But there is no fence to straddle on this one.
While they have two choices, my hope is they simply do the easiest one — do what they believe is right.
Don’t do what the polls say to do. Don’t do what the advisors say to do. Don’t do what GOP leadership in D.C. says to do.
Do what they believe is the right thing to do.
If they genuinely believe the 2020 Presidential Election was fair and above board, then come out and say it. If they really think Joe Biden, who spent the majority of his time campaigning from his basement, won the most votes in a Presidential election ever, then say it.
If they are convinced election laws in any specific state or states were not broken, then say it.
Whatever side they fall on, own it.
Don’t try to appease any of us. Because the truth is, you can’t.
After this vote on Jan. 6, we’ll know who is with us and who is against us.
The question is, will we remember in 2022 and 2026?