Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


March 30, 2006

"We would like to see Russia a member of the WTO but the agreement has to conform to WTO rules and it has to be something that will pass congressional scrutiny and conforms to international rules," Secretary of state Condoleezza Rice said.

"What's telling about the Reid and Pelosi statements, though, is their sheer vanity. They boast about being "tough," "smart" and "strong." When someone tells you how tough, smart and strong he is, do you think, (1) Wow, he's really tough, smart and strong! or (2) If he's so tough, smart and strong, why does he have to keep telling me? Generally speaking, people who brag about their fine qualities come across as somewhat pathetic." – Writes James Taranto in the Wall Street Journal’s "Best of the Web."

"The left sees itself as standing outside a country that does bad," Todd Gitlin, a Columbia professor of journalism and sociology said. "However, it is strategically disastrous to take this position as outsiders, since it is a concession to people who are not entitled to be the spokespersons of patriotism. It is a move against public life, public domain, public virtue and public-mindedness."


J U S T   P O L I T I C S


Democrats lead

Gallup poll shows the Democrats have taken the lead.

Now, 33% of Americans, in the latest Gallup poll, call themselves Democrats, with those favoring the GOP one point behind. Gallup says this widens when the Independents are pushed on their leanings.

Independents now make up 34% of the population. When asked if they lean in a certain direction, their answers pushed the Democrat numbers to 49% with Republicans at 42%. One year ago, the parties were dead even at 46% each.

Clinton in Iowa

Former President Bill Clinton is expected to be in Des Moines today to attend the funeral of Dr. Stephen Gleason. He died of an apparent suicide. His medical license was suspended for addiction to painkillers.

Gleason, 59, was an adviser to the Clinton administration in 1993. He headed a committee of medical practitioners who helped write the proposal to overhaul the nation's health care system. He also served as an adviser to the federal agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid. He is the former director of Iowa's Department of Public Health, and he served as Gov. Tom Vilsack's (D-IA) chief of staff.

Democrats’ security laughable

Republicans yesterday responded to the Democrat leadership’s unveiling of their security plan.

"House Republicans will continue to do what is right to protect American families and prevent a tragedy like September 11th from occurring ever again," said House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.).

"On the other hand, Democratic leadership has voted against the most important efforts to protect our homeland."

Democrats opposed a border security bill that would crack down on immigrants who illegally enter this country. The Border Security/Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act passed the House 239-182, with 164 Democrats opposing.

Democrats opposed the REAL ID Act that set federal standards for issuing state identification cards. That bill passed the House 261-161, with 152 Democrats opposing.

Democrats opposed creation of the Department of Homeland Security. It passed the House 261-161, with 120 Democrats opposing.

Congresswoman hits police

Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) and a police officer scuffled Wednesday after she entered a House office building unrecognized by Capitol Police. She was not wearing her pin that indicates her as a Member of Congress. She walked around a metal detector and an officer asked her several times to stop. When she did not, the officer tried to stop her, and she then struck the officer.



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