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Could it be that Iowa doesn’t like Hillary?

Here we go.

“There’s a myth that somehow Iowans didn’t like Hillary. That’s just not true. Iowans love her.” — outgoing Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin on MSNBC Monday.

Clinton didn’t just finish behind Barack Obama in 2008. She also finished behind John Edwards. (Remember him?) Clinton’s trip to Harkin’s steak fry Sunday was her first back to the state since her devastating defeat six years ago.

“It’s not going to be a good year for Democrats by definition. The sixth year is always particularly bad for a president’s party.” — former White House press secretary Jay Carney predicting tough sledding for Democrats in this year’s mid-term elections.

Carney also predicted continuing gridlock no matter which party wins the Senate. Carney, in fact, called it “terrible gridlock.” His prediction comes as new analysis suggests that Democrats have a shot at hanging onto the Senate after all.

“The findings from our research indicate that tax revenue growth slows as income inequality rises, regardless of a state's tax structure.” — Standard & Poor’s credit analyst Gabriel Petek discussing the findings of new research that shows that income inequality is undermining Missouri tax revenue.

An S&P report concluded that Missouri tax revenue averaged more than 9 percent growth from the 1950s-1970s. But from 2000-2009, it grew an average of just 1.8 percent a year. The other big change nationally: a growing income gap involving the top 1 percent of earners. The report examined tax revenues in 10 states that rely heavily on income taxes, including Missouri. (link via

“The Republican Party from 1968 up to 2008 lived by the wedge, and now they are politically dying by the wedge.” — Chris Lehane, a Democratic consultant who has injected climate change, same-sex marriage, abortion and contraception into a series of recent campaigns.

Twenty years ago, it was the GOP that used issues, such as abortion and gun control, to gain an edge with middle-of-the-road voters. Now it’s the Democrats’ turn to go on the offensive in the culture wars.