The road to the Republican nomination for president may begin in the offices of Iowa congressman and “man who can’t forget what he buried in that cornfield” Steve King if he has anything to say about it.
King, for his part, told MSNBC that he keeps a list of enemies that he will personally deter from advancing their agenda.
King is not above gloating. His staff kept a running list of some 12-16 prominent Republicans who’ve leveled personal criticisms against him. The congressman said he went over it himself the other day, just for old time’s sake.
“Their agenda has been marginalized,” a smiling King told msnbc. “Mine’s been strengthened.”
This could be one reason why no one spoke up when King referred to State of the Union guest Ana Zamora as “a deportable.”
Benjy Sarlin at MSNBC makes a compelling case that immigration reform, or a lack thereof, is effectively in the hands of Steve King, and we’ve certainly seen over a long period of time that congressional leadership won’t cross him.
Just before the previous session of Congress recessed for Summer vacation, House Republican leadership literally handed pending legislation over to Steve King and Michele Bachmann for an audit. That resulted in the first vote to end the president’s deferred action program and deport all DREAMers.
Republican presidential hopefuls and associated wingnuts, including the likes of Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, and Chris Christie are descending on Iowa this weekend for Steve King’s LibertyFreedumb Jamboree.