Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable

Q U O T A B L E S

April 24, 2006

"I think it's a challenge for Lieberman to reconnect to the rank-and-file of the party and prove he is an authentic Democrat," said John McNamara, chairman of the Massachusetts New Britain Democratic Town Committee.

 

J U S T   P O L I T I C S

 

Democrat traitor

A top intelligence officer Mary McCarthy was fired after learning that she leaked information that damaged Americaís intelligence community and our nationís security. McCarthy worked in the CIA's inspector general's office.

Then-National Security Advisor Samuel R. Berger appointed McCarthy to be Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Intelligence Programs in 1998. Berger recently plea bargained a charge of destroying top secret documents while he was doing research for Bill Clintonís testimony before the 9-11 hearings.

Besides being a Clintonista, McCarthy was a major backer of Sen. John Kerryís 2004 campaign for the presidency.

McCarthy made the leaks of information to Dana Priest of the Washington Post. It is expected that the Justice Department will convene grand juries to investigate the press and McCarthy.

Kerry supports New Hampshire

Sen. John Kerry has thrown his support for the traditional kick-off of the nationís presidential contest to Iowa and New Hampshire, according to the Associated Press.

On ABC's "This Week," the Massachusetts Democrat bridled when told an unnamed Democratic strategist said that, by supporting the status quo, "you're basically saying only white people's votes count in those early states."

"That's so much bunk," Kerry responded. "I don't know how to describe that comment in any other way than to say that that's absolutely ridiculous. The converse of that is to suggest that the people in New Hampshire and Iowa are insensitive to those issues and don't care about them."

The Democrat National Committee recently met in New Orleans to consider placing different ethnically dominated caucus states between Iowa and New Hampshire overturning years of tradition of Iowa and then New Hampshire as the start of the presidential nominating process.

Warner in Iowa

Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner showed up in Iowa and gave the predictable call that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should resign. Warnerís visit is one more indication that Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsackís candidacy for the presidency is going nowhere.

Vilsack is trying to get his candidate Mike Blouin the Democrat nomination for governor. With less than seven weeks to go before the primary election, most would bet on Secretary of State Chet Culver to win the nomination.

Warner, on the other hand, has already ensconced his Lt. Governor into his former post as Governor of Virginia, a red state.

United Nationís failure

The United Nations continues to be a place where self-interest seems to prevail over even genocide. China and Russia are going to block proposals in the U.N.ís Security Council to place sanctions on Darfur. The resolution, which would impose a travel ban and a freeze on financial assets on the four Sudanese, are the first sanctions by the council on participants in the Darfur conflict.

The four are: Maj.-Gen. Gaffar Mohamed El-Haassan, the former Sudan Air Force commander for the western military region, which includes Darfur; Sheikh Musa Hilal, chief of the Jalul Tribe in North Darfur and a pro-Sudan government or Janjaweed paramilitary leader; Adam Yacub Shant, a rebel Sudanese Liberation Army Commander; and Gabril Abdul Kareem Badri, whose name has also been spelled Badi, a field commander of the rebel National Movement for Reform and Development.

China's U.N. Ambassador Wang Guangya said last week. "We believe that the resolution like this might harden the positions of some of the parties to the negotiations."

China has oil interests in Sudan and supplies weapons to the Khartoum government.

Democrat exits ethics committee

The top Democrat on the House ethics committee, Alan Mollohan, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi announced that Mollohan would be stepping down. Mollohan has been accused of several ethics violations.

Reidís home front

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) is losing support in his home state. Nevada voters have given their senator a 10 percentage point drop in his favorable ranking since 2004 Ė it's now down to 43 percent. The number who viewed him unfavorably increased 14 points to 39 percent, according to a poll commissioned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Deanís wisdom?

Democrat National Chairman Howard Dean took his party to New Orleans and declared that, "Katrina will put the GOP out of business."

It is a question of how a corrupt urban Democrat machine that failed not only at the lowest level of the city but at the highest level of the state puts the GOP out of business.

Frist in Iowa

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is in Iowa Monday, Apr. 24 to address the Iowa Health Centerís Spring forum.

 

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