Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


May 9, 2006  

"I'd open different sources of oil, not because I want to suck all of the oil out of our continent, but because if we have additional sources of oil here, we will be able to do a better job moderating world prices on oil," Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) said.


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Romney in Iowa

Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) visited what many in Iowa call the Socialist Republic of Johnson County and was hosted by the University of Iowa College Republicans, according to the U of I College newspaper:

At the event, hosted in part by the UI College Republicans, the possible candidate for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination spoke about his work to improve education, provide universal health-insurance in his state, and strive toward energy independence - issues that he said can be achieved through small government and low taxes.

"Unlike the Democrats, we can actually solve problems in those areas," he said. "We can improve education, we can improve health care, and they can't."

Democrats' direction

Analysis by: Roger Wm. Hughes

The NY Times reports on the Democrats' search for a big idea that can lead them to victory:

Many of these analysts, both liberals and moderates, are convinced that the Democrats face a moment of historic opportunity. They say that the country is weary of war and division and ready — if given a compelling choice — to reject the Republicans and change the country's direction. They argue that the Democratic Party is showing signs of new health — intense party discipline on Capitol Hill, a host of policy proposals and an energized base.

But some of these analysts argue that the party needs something more than a pastiche of policy proposals. It needs a broader vision, a narrative, they say, to return to power and govern effectively — what some describe as an unapologetic appeal to the "common good," to big goals like expanding affordable health coverage and to occasional sacrifice for the sake of the nation as a whole.

This emerging critique reflects, for many, a hunger to move beyond the carefully calibrated centrism that marked the Clinton years, which was itself the product of the last big effort to redefine the Democratic Party.

The Times article offers what the Democrats are up against in the last half of the story. William Kristol leads the point:

William Kristol, a leading conservative thinker and editor of The Weekly Standard, counters that parties are ultimately defined not by big visions from intellectuals but by real positions on real issues.

"Foreign policy is critical," said Mr. Kristol, whose magazine was considered an important influence on the Bush administration's foreign policy. "Do they share a basic understanding that there is a global war on terror, and Iran is a threat that has to be dealt with? Is the next Democratic presidential nominee going to raise taxes or not?"

He added, "It needs to be brought down to earth."

Democrats continue to struggle with who and what they are. Their struggle begins with the split in the Franklin Roosevelt administration. The split with wife Eleanor loving all things socialist, and Franklin who gave more speeches on balancing the federal budget than Ronald Reagan. (For those wishing to blame Franklin for Social Security, he never meant this monster to be what it is today. He set it up so that most people at the time died before the date they could draw benefits.)

However, Michael Tomasky ( editor of the liberal journal The American Prospect) offers that the War on Terrorism and Katrina shows the need for a strong government that can deliver. He argues that the post modernity global world is about us and the greater good. The sum effect being that the world no longer benefits from individualism. Thus, Socialism wins.

So, will Democrats be Democrats, and what constitutes being a Democrat?

Democrat lawyer protection action

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post editorializes on the Republican-controlled Senate’s failure to protect doctors from the trial lawyers' get-rich provisions in malpractice:

It's not for lack of creativity. Yesterday's efforts were marketed as the "Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies Access to Care Act" and the "Medical Access Protection Act." Earlier attempts surfaced in the "Health Act," the "Better Health Act" and the "Physician Relief Act."

But opponents aren't buying it. "Nothing has changed from the prior Republican bill," Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) charged on the Senate floor.

Actually, plenty has changed. Eighteen states have taken action in the past six years, and 45 either have some form of malpractice-award caps or are working on them. That has complicated the "crisis" cry.

Murdock backing Hillary

The Drudge Report comments on Rupert Murdock's decision to raise funds for Hillary Clinton:

Rupert Murdoch has agreed to host a political fundraiser for Hillary Clinton this summer, the FINANCIAL TIMES is reporting!

Murdoch's surprise decision to raise money for Clinton in July, on behalf of NEWS CORP., parent company of FOXNEWS and the NEW YORK POST, underlines a dramatic turn of relations between Murdoch and Clinton, who in 1998 coined the phrase "vast rightwing conspiracy" to denounce critics of her husband.

Some say the move by Murdoch reflects approval of her Senate career, notes FT's Caroline Daniel. Others point to Murdoch's record for picking future national leaders. Last century, he threw over the British conservatism he'd long supported to back longshot Tony Blair.



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