Emanuel too disrespectful
Editorial by: Roger Wm. Hughes
Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), Chairman of the Democrat Congressional Campaign
Committee, showed his true colors when he created a commercial available on
DCCC website that showed the coffins of American forces killed in Iraq.
The commercial was to show that the sacrifices made in Iraq are just not
worth it. It was so offensive the DCCC had to stop running it.
Rep. Emanuel is known as a blood n’ guts attack dog. He has frequently
badgered fellow House Members to act more like him and House Minority Leader
Nancy Pelosi in their vitriolic attacks on President Bush. However up until
know he has not traded on the blood of American patriots killed in the War
It is true that war is political: "War is the continuation of politics by
other means," wrote Carl Von Clausewitz.
However, it is wrong to disguise weakness as strength to the American
public, which is what socialist wing of the Democrat party is trying to do.
Emanuel and Pelosi represent a point of view that doesn’t believe in war.
These, "Give Peace a Chance Democrats" are a long way from the Ronald Reagan
"Peace through strength Republicans."
The Democrats still don’t get it. We are in a war with extremist Islam.
These extremists want to kill us and will if they get the chance.
McCain in Iowa
Sen. John McCain was in Iowa campaigning for Republican congressional
candidate Mike Whalen.
McCain made his appearance on a farm near Waterloo. There he expressed his
belief in ethanol and nuclear fuel as the leading alternatives to carbon
He also offered comments on the current Israeli conflict:
"The Europeans called for the Israelis to exercise more restraint. If we in
America had some group of terrorists come across our border - and Hezbollah
is a terrorist organization - kill our soldiers and kidnap others, we would
respond very grievously," said Sen. John McCain.
Bayh in Iowa, on 'Iowa Press'
Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) continues his visit to Iowa on Monday. Bayh is one of
the few presidential hopefuls to appear on the Iowa Public Television’s
"Iowa Press" show (shown this past weekend).
Bayh said that the current Bush administration, "…have undermined our
nation’s security and we [Democrats] can do better."
Bayh also struck the note that he understands the plight of the middle
class, and that is why he should be the Democrat's 2008 presidential
On health care Bayh said that he will create a government program that will
insure the 46 million who are currently not covered. He would do this by: 1.
Having the government insure all children to the age of 18; 2. Provide a 50
percent tax credit to small businesses that provide insurance; 3. Implement
new technology that could save 15 – 20 percent of the cost of health care
through greater efficiencies; 4. Copy Sen. John Kerry’s proposal of the
private sector pays for first $50,000 worth of coverage and the federal
government covers the rest with a national risk pool; 5. Get Americans to
live healthier and lose weight.
Bayh said that he could guarantee the elderly that Social Security would be
"In 1930 we made a fundamental commitment, and it was the right thing to
do," Bayh said.
He also went to say that in the coming shortfall due to lack of number of
employees to cover the bulge of baby boomers retiring that 78 percent of the
cost of their retirement is covered.
Frist’s 2008 boots on the ground in Iowa
Volunteer PAC, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s leadership PAC,
today named Brian Kennedy to serve as its Iowa Chairman. Mr. Kennedy is past
Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa and former Executive Director of
the Republican Governors Association.
"I am looking forward to working with Senator Frist to lead a grassroots
campaign across Iowa and the nation as we work to reelect the Republican
majority to the United States Senate and win key races in Iowa," said
Volunteer PAC also announced that Senator Frist will be traveling to Iowa on
July 29 and 30th to appear at events on behalf of gubernatorial candidate
Jim Nussle, congressional candidate Mike Whalen and several other GOP
Raised in Eastern Iowa, Brian Kennedy graduated from Iowa State University
and Drake University Law School. His professional career has spanned law,
public affairs, and campaign politics. Brian Kennedy has served as Chairman
of the Republican Party of Iowa, a member of the Republican National
Committee, and Co-Chairman of the Republican National Convention Platform
Committee. He most recently competed to be the GOP nominee in Iowa’s First
Brian Kennedy is also past Executive Director of the Republican Governors
Association in Washington, D.C., and has served as a political advisor or
campaign manager to former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, United States
Senators Lamar Alexander and several other Republican candidates for
Governor and United States Congress across the nation. He is a founder of
Progress for America, a national grassroots issue advocacy organization
working to support President Bush's legislative agenda.
In 2003, Brian Kennedy founded Campaign of One, a Republican committee
dedicated to creating a new generation of political entrepreneurs who bring
the power of peer-to-peer personal persuasion to Republican campaigns.
Throughout Eastern Iowa, Campaign of One sponsored hundreds of innovative
Internet-based campaign projects on behalf of Republican candidates from the
White House to the courthouse.
The 42-year-old attorney is affiliated with the Davenport law firm of
Gallagher, Millage & Gallagher, P.L.C. and is a member of the Iowa Bar
Association, the Bettendorf Rotary Club, the Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce.
Analysis by: Roger Hughes
Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich appeared
jointly on NBC’S "Meet the Press" this past Sunday. Both are possible
candidates for their party’s presidential nomination. And both lack an
organizational campaign where it counts -- in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Though Biden and Gingrich were advertised as having opposite views, the two
men sounded very similar on the show...
Both believed there needs to be more strength behind our threats and both
believed that our current actions are not working.
Both agreed that America could offer assurances that the U.S. would not
militarily try to overthrow the current Iranian government, not guarantee
that America would support the right of Iranians to change their government.
Their differences came with Biden wanting to lay all the blame on Bush and
Gingrich aiming the blame back to the eight years of the Clinton
Democrat soft money
Washington Post covers Democracy Alliance secret action and funding for
a Democrat take over:
An alliance of nearly a hundred of the nation's wealthiest donors is roiling
Democratic political circles, directing more than $50 million in the past
nine months to liberal think tanks and advocacy groups in what organizers
say is the first installment of a long-term campaign to compete more
aggressively against conservatives.
A year after its founding, Democracy Alliance has followed up on its pledge
to become a major power in the liberal movement. It has lavished millions on
groups that have been willing to submit to its extensive screening process
and its demands for secrecy.
Feingold in Iowa
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) visited neighboring Dubuque, IA this weekend.
During the visit he fully displayed his anti-war colors. Feingold has made a
point that his stance is very different than his leading opponent’s, Sen.
Hillary Clinton, position.
"I don't think the election is going to be just a referendum on the war, but
I think people are going to be looking for clear leadership in terms of
getting us out of that situation," Feingold said.
Cheney in Iowa
Vice President Dick Cheney is in Iowa for a fund-raiser at the Des Moines
Wakonda Country Club. The event is on behalf of Republican congressional
candidate State Sen. Jeff Lamberti. While in Des Moines Cheney will also
attend a rally for the Iowa National Guard at Camp Dodge.