Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


February 18, 2006

"There are causes worth fighting for even if you know that you will lose," actor Richard Dreyfuss said. "Unless you are willing to accept torture as part of a normal American political lexicon, unless you are willing to accept that leaving the Geneva Convention is fine and dandy, if you accept the expansion of wiretapping as business as usual, the only way to express this now is to embrace the difficult and perhaps embarrassing process of impeachment."

"Cheney is a terrorist. He terrorizes our enemies abroad and innocent citizens here at home indiscriminately," actor Alec Baldwin wrote on a blog. "Who ever thought Harry Whittington would be the answer to America's prayers. Finally, someone who might get that lying, thieving Cheney into a courtroom to answer some direct questions."

"For the most part, the U.S. government still functions as a 'five and dime' store in an eBay world," Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said about the need for the U.S. to improve its communications techniques.


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"Peace Mom" booed

Self-proclaimed peace activist Cindy Sheehan received unwelcome attention from counter protesters when she went to St. Xavier University in Chicago. Sheehan was to give a speech on the fact that "one person can make a difference" at the University. When she arrived, protesters were present to let Sheehan know that she was not welcome, according to the Chicago Sun Times:

Before her talk, dozens of bikers and blue collar workers gathered outside the field house, in the freezing rain, carrying signs that read: "Support Our Troops."

Bill Naughton, a truck mechanic from Hillside, said he showed up so Sheehan didn't get all the spotlight.

"She gets to say what she wants. We get a say," he said. "She says 'Bring them back. We're fighting for oil.' I don't believe we're fighting for oil. I support what our guys enlisted to do, volunteered to do."

Sheehan suggested she was going to stay away from politics on this night, telling an audience of more than 300 -- including protesters who stood on the bleachers with their backs to her -- the story of why she became involved in the anti-war effort and how one person can make a difference.

McCain’s lists?

Sen. John McCain has had his hand caught in President Bush’s fundraising cookie jar, according to columnist Robert Novak:

Major political contributors to George W. Bush who have never given a dime to prospective 2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain received letters, dated Feb. 8, asking for donations to the senator's Straight Talk America political action committee.

Obviously using President Bush's direct mail list, the letter signed by McCain asks for $1,000 or $1,500 to support candidates agreeing with McCain on "key issues." It specifically lists "limiting federal spending, immigration reform, military readiness, global climate change, Social Security reform, reining-in lobbyists, reducing the power of the special interests and putting an end to wasteful pork barrel spending by Congress."

Each recipient received a card to be filled in for McCain's files. "I'm asking you to update your file card," requests the letter, though the Bush contributors had no previous card in the senator's files.

Iowa 2008 Hopefuls update

Newt Gingrich

The Republican Party of Iowa enthusiastically announced that former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and syndicated conservative talk show host Sean Hannity will headline the annual Abraham Lincoln Dinner to be held April 29th at Embassy Suites in Des Moines.

"We are very excited that both Newt Gingrich and Sean Hannity agreed to headline our Lincoln Dinner," said Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Ray Hoffmann. "This visit by Gingrich and Hannity underscores the importance of the Iowa elections in 2006 and with their help we will have the resources to win in November."

The annual Lincoln Dinner is Iowa GOP’s largest annual event. Tickets for the dinner are $100 or $1000 for a table of ten and are available by calling the Republican Party of Iowa at 515-282-8105.

John McCain

Arizona Sen. John McCain has scheduled a visit to Iowa to campaign for Jim Nussle, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor.

McCain will be the featured speaker at a Cedar Rapids luncheon on April 13 to raise money for Nussle.

''I am pleased to have the opportunity to visit Iowa and campaign for Rep. Jim Nussle,'' McCain said in a statement released Thursday by Nussle's campaign.

Nussle is facing a primary challenge from conservative candidate Bob Vander Plaats.

Barrett Report

Bob Eberle of GOP USA has sent an e-mail urging conservatives to support the effort to end the Democrat cover-up of the Barrett Report. Democratic Senators Byron Dorgan, Carl Levin, Dick Durbin, John Kerry and Congressman Henry Waxman passed an amendment to legislation that redacts most of the report that would demonstrate that President Clinton and his wife used the I.R.S. as their own personal weapon against their enemies.

Here is part of Eberle’s e-mail:

Here are the facts:

On May 24, 1995, David Barrett was appointed to head a commission investigating President Clinton's Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros, who was accused of paying hush-money to his ex-mistress, committing tax fraud, and lying to the FBI.

During the course of his investigation, Mr. Barrett uncovered a scandal that dwarfed the Cisneros fiasco -- the Clinton Administration's use of the IRS and the Justice Department to bully, intimidate, and silence political enemies.

For the next several years, Mr. Barrett and his team -- initially alerted to the abuse of power by a whistle blower at the IRS -- widened their investigation to include the IRS (headed by Hillary Clinton's old college chum, Margaret Milner Richardson), the Justice Department (headed by Clinton crony Janet Reno), and the White House itself (headed by co-presidents Bill and Hillary).

The Barrett Report discusses in detail the cases of people whom the IRS and the Justice Department persecuted on orders from the White House. These included women who had accused President Clinton of sexual misconduct and even rape: e.g., Paula Jones, Juanita Broderick, and Gennifer Flowers. All three were targeted for audit by the Clinton-controlled IRS.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) is a leading Senator trying to get the facts out.]


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