David Weigel calls Bob Van der Plaats one of GOP's three political kingmakers.
Jim DeMint, also mentioned as Kingmaker, has demonstrated this cycle that he has learned from his previous mistake endorsing Mitt Romney:
"I've been encouraging everyone not to endorse early," he says. "Once you endorse, the candidates stop listening to you. They pay attention to somebody else."However Bob van der Plaats seems to have lost most of his credibility this cycle as a former ally Iowa House Speaker Pro-Tem Jeff Kaufmann (R) stated a week ago:
"Guys your integrity is in question and your political credibility is waning to the point of no impact,” Kaufmann said in a July 13email to Vander Plaats"
Today we read:
- Several Republican presidential hopefuls and conservative members of Congress are expected to hop aboard the Values Voters Bus Tour that will stop in 22 Iowa cities next week to deliver a pro-life, pro-traditional-marriage message.Craig White wrote a great article for "value voters":
The Family Research Council's lobbying arm, the National Organization for Marriage, and the Susan B. Anthony List announced the tour on Wednesday
"why social conservatives should vote for you for President?"Ovide Lamontagne (LAH'-mohn-tayn), the third Kingmaker, organizes house parties in New Hampshire.
Last year, The Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers' straw poll — which isn't limited to presidential runs — elevated the prospects of Ovide Lamontagne in the U.S. Senate race. Beforehand, Lamontagne wasn't given the best of shots to win. Afterward, a victorious Lamontagne was on his way to giving future Sen. Kelly Ayotte all she could handle in the GOP primary.
This july Ron Paul won this straw poll with 39% of the vote.