Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


June 7, 2006  

"Politics increasingly isn't command and control anymore, but it is network warfare. So, it's not hurtful to us if you're focusing on topics that aren't necessarily at the top of the mind in the Beltway, because I think if it's important, it will rise to the top of the mind in the Beltway. ...The ability of bloggers to impact the mainstream media stories is increasing, by the day almost," said RNC eCampaign Director Patrick Ruffini.

"There's no question this is a difficult issue [immigration] for some in Washington, D.C.," Bush said. "But my job is to continue to call people to account and say we've got to work together to get a bill done."

"To insist that male-male or female-female relationships must have the same status as the marriage relationship is more than unwise, it is patently absurd," he further stated. "If same-sex marriage is accepted, the announcement will be official: America will have said that children do not need a mother and a father, two mothers or two fathers will be just as good, " Sen. Robert Byrd said earlier in his Senate career before he became senile.

"I think Jonathan (Jonathan Tasini, the anti-war candidate aganinst Hillary Clinton for New York Senate) has a really good chance of beating her," said Cindy Sheehan after endorsing Tasini's candidacy. "But if he doesn't beat her, I think he has a really good chance of crippling her to show the world that she is not a progressive."

"Some say 'we've got it made ... let's not rock the boat,'" Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) said, "but I believe that's exactly how we lost in 2002 and 2004. We won't win by default. We won't win by just running out the clock. We'll only win if we show we are willing to discuss tough subjects or else we will be perceived as weak and full of fear."


J U S T   P O L I T I C S


Tancredo wins Michigan strawpoll

Rep. Tom Tancredo is being touted for winning a straw poll during a Michigan county GOP gathering of 600 where half the participants participated in the poll. Here is part of what is posted on the Michigan Republican website:

Over 600 participants packed a room to hear "Team Michigan". Led by keynote speaker Dick DeVos, then Secretary State Terri Lynn Land and Attorney General Mike Cox and U.S. Senate candidates Mike Bouchard and Keith Butler addressed the group.

327 individuals participated in the poll. The question read:

Who is your choice for President in 2008?

The raw vote results are as follows:

Tom Tancredo 60

Rudy Guiliani 45

Mitt Romney 40

Condolezza Rice 39

Newt Gingrich 38

John McCain 38

George Allen 21

Mike Pence 15

Ron Paul 14

Mike Huckabee 6

Bill Frist 4

Alan Keyes 2

Candice Miller 2

Sam Brownback 1

Frist: eliminate death tax

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is scheduling a vote for Thursday to repeal the "Death Tax" on estates. The NY Times reports on the effort:

Permanently repealing the estate tax, or what Republicans have branded the "death tax," is a priority for President Bush and many Republican lawmakers.

But Senate leaders, vowing to schedule a vote for full repeal on Thursday, have yet to line up the 60 votes they need to prevent a Democratic filibuster. Indeed, with public approval ratings declining for Mr. Bush and the Republicans, party leaders face at least as much opposition from Democrats today as they did last summer.

In what is either a shrewd game of chicken or an effort to inflame the passions of crucial Republican constituencies, the Senate majority leader, Bill Frist of Tennessee, has made little effort to strike a compromise with conservative Democrats that would greatly reduce but not fully abolish the tax.

"Senator Frist is for full repeal, first and foremost," a spokeswoman for Mr. Frist, Carolyn Weyforth, said.

"Until we've had the cloture vote, any talk of a compromise is premature."

Bump in Ahmadinejad's World Cup plans

The AFP news service is reporting on Jewish opposition to plans by Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to attend the World Cup in Germany:

The head of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center wrote to Germany's leader on Monday after Iranian officials were quoted by media as saying their president would attend the football fiesta in Germany if Iran's team advances to the second stage.

"President Ahmadinejad has denied the Holocaust and called for the obliteration of the state of Israel," wrote Rabbi Marvin Hier, the center's founder and dean in the letter to Merkel obtained by AFP.

"It is inconceivable that a head of state who advocates those policies would be received at a world sporting event by the same country where the Nuremburg Laws were proclaimed and where Adolf Hitler first enunciated his policies that led to the 'Final Solution'.

"Such a visit would desecrate the memory of the millions murdered in the gas chambers and contradict the very foundation upon which the post-war Federal Republic of Germany was built," Hier added in the strongly worded letter on behalf of the 400,000 center members.

Sen. Sam Brownback profiled

The Washington Post profiles presidential hopeful Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS):

"I could be the right person with the right message at the right moment. And I could be completely wrong and I'll still be happy about it," he says, sounding way too mellow for a wannabe president.

In the meantime, amid the fundraising and the visits to Iowa and New Hampshire, Brownback is focused on spreading light when he enters a room. He has said he tries to see Jesus in his fellow senators.

Three years ago he gave a speech at the Archdiocese of Denver. He spoke of the need to "convert the culture" by spreading God's love. He posed a question: "When we walk up to the McDonald's counter, what if we looked at that person in the eye . . . and we said, 'God bless you for that Big Mac?!' "

Then Brownback quoted Burt Bacharach.

"What the world needs now," the senator said, "is love, sweet love."

Republican wins California

Democrats predicated that the special election to replace convicted Republican Randy "Duke" Cunningham would be a bell weather of the coming Republican demise. However, Republican Brian Bilbray won over Democrat Francine Busby.

Busby showed the Democrats' true position on immigration when she told a group of individuals who were not citizens that they didnít need papers to vote. She later denied that she made the comment, but a participant at the event produced a tape recording of her making the comment.

Men & women lose

The Senate failed to pass the Constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman. The 49-48 vote fell 11 votesshort of the 60 required to send the matter for an up-or-down tally by the full Senate.

"I do not believe the sponsors are going to fall back and cry about it," said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) "I think they are going to keep bringing it up."

Vilsack loses - twice

Governor Tom Vilsack (D-IA) suffered a devastating setback in his campaign for the 2008 presidency from Democrat primary voters in Iowa. Vilsack's two candidates, Mike Blouin for governor and Dusky Terry for Secretary of Agriculture, both went down in defeat.

Blouin lost to Secretary of State Chet Culver, an extreme liberal.

Former Governor Mark Warner (D-VA) received high marks for helping elect his Lieutenant Governor to succeed his tenure. Vilsack, on the other hand, canít even bring his candidates through his own primary.

Bubba Bill in New Hampshire

Former President Bill Clinton will make two speeches in New Hampshire on June 27, including an address at a fund-raiser for the state Democratic Party.



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