Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


May 18, 2006  

"Iran will not be allowed to get to the point where they will have the capability to destroy the state of Israel," the brother of newly-elected Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert, said. "We shall prevail, and Iran will fail."

"The world is faced with the nightmarish prospect that nuclear weapons will become a standard part of national armament and wind up in terrorist hands," former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said.

"We are the party of the future, and our candidates will be running against the party of the past — a party that offers no new ideas like the Republican Party, a party that can only offer opposition," President Bush said.

"I'm a recovering politician on about Step 9," Former Vice President Al Gore told said. "But I'm on a different kind of campaign now - to persuade people to take action to solve the climate crisis, and it's always easier when you're focused on one thing."

"Gore's ideal would be to give each person a book of energy rationing coupons and every year put fewer coupons in the book. It is a program of mandatory energy starvation," Myron Ebell, the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s director of Energy and Global Warming Policy said.

"The up to 6,000 Guardsmen and women proposed for this effort represent less than 2% of the total National Guard force of some 400,000, and for the most part they will be deployed during their two- or three-week active duty training period," Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee.

"He [President Bush] may get his way, but he won't get it [guest worker program] this year. He may get it next year because the conservatives will be so angry at the Republican leadership - starting with the president, but the congressional Republicans also - that I'd be surprised if many, many don't stay home, turning the congress over to the Democrats," conservative political consultant Richard Viguerie said.

"Ohio isn't a pretty picture," said Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (R-NY), chairman of the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee.

"Americans should argue about this war. It has cost the lives of nearly 2,500 of the best of us," Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said. "If an American feels the decision was unwise, then they should state their opposition and argue for another course. It's your right and your obligation."


J U S T   P O L I T I C S


Bush to Mexican border

President Bush is visiting Yuma, Arizona today has he continues to lobby to overhaul the nation's immigration laws and tighten the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexican border. It is a sure bet that Bush will mention his sending up to 6,000 National Guardsmen in a backup role.

Because of beefing up the Border Patrol in other areas of Arizona, Yuma is where the illegal immigrants have moved their activity to. Crackdowns in one section of the border send immigrants and smugglers flooding to other areas.

Democrats demagogue Social Security

The Democrat Party still refuses to face the fact that Social Security is a ponsey scheme that is going broke. They have announced that they will use the Republican call to privatize a small portion of Social Security for the youngest taxpayers of Social Security as a way to pull off conservative Christian Republicans, according to the NY Times:

In a campaign tied to appearances by President Bush on behalf of House candidates later this week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has bought time on stations with Christian and conservative audiences to try to remind those who traditionally vote Republican of their party's plan to add private investment accounts to Social Security.

While Republicans have stepped up efforts in recent years to cut into traditional Democratic strength among Catholics, Hispanics and older Americans, among other groups, the radio campaign is a rare effort by Democrats to appeal to a dependable Republican constituency.

"We are going to keep them back on their heels and make them compete for their own base," said Representative Rahm Emanuel, Democrat of Illinois, chairman of the House campaign organization.


Wed., May 17...Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) joined Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), and others for a hybrid vehicle demonstration behind the Cannon House Office Building (in Washington, D.C.) in support of the "Vehicle and Fuel Choices for American Security Act."


Former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) will test potential support for a 2008 presidential bid with stops in Iowa, New Hampshire and Michigan next month.

"It's just taking the next step to a more thoughtful consideration of a presidential campaign," Daschle said.

2008 schedule

Jim Roosevelt, chairman of the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee, told the Status his panel could settle the questions of how many ’08 caucuses will be scheduled between the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary as soon as July. Its recommendation could go to the full DNC for ratification in August.


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