Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


May 22, 2006  

"The important thing is that for the first time we have a government of national unity that crosses all boundaries and divides, that is there for a four-year term and that it's directly elected by the votes of millions of Iraqi people," British Prime Minister Tony Blair said.

"The formation of a unity government in Iraq is a new day for the millions of Iraqis who want to live in peace," President Bush said. "And the formation of the unity government in Iraq begins a new chapter in our relationship with Iraq."

''Campaigns are won and lost on a lot more than a simple Web site, but a campaign Web site is step one in determining the voters' ability to understand who you are and what you're about,'' said Leonardo Alcivar, Swann's communications director.

"President Bush is the worst President in my lifetime," former Senator John Edwards said.

"John Edwards is faithfully carrying on the legacy of anger and vitriol exhibited by failed Democrat presidential candidates. His divisive and pessimistic rhetoric may appeal to the far left, but it's also further proof that leaving Washington D.C. does not disconnect a Democrat from his party's agenda," observed RNC press secretary Tracey Schmitt.

"The complexity of the climate and the limitations of data and computer models mean all projections of future climate change are unreliable at best," said study author David R. Legates, director of the University of Delaware's Center for Climatic Research. "Science does not support claims of drastic increases in global temperatures, nor claims of human influence on weather events or extinctions."

"Well, I've learned a lot of lessons in my life. I'm older than dirt. I've got more scars than Frankenstein, but I've learned a lot of things along the way. And that was a very strong lesson for me. And there have been other times in my life. But I can tell you that I know the difference between right and wrong," Sen. John McCain said.


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Democrats racists?

Drudge reports that the Democrat National Committee worked to elect a white mayor in New Orleans over a black incumbent mayor Ray Nagin:

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) secretly placed political operatives in the city of New Orleans to work against the reelection efforts of incumbent Democrat Mayor Ray Nagin, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

DNC Chairman Howard Dean made the decision himself to back mayoral candidate and sitting Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu (D-LA), sources reveal.

Dean came to the decision to back the white challenger, over the African-American incumbent Nagin, despite concerns amongst senior black officials in the Party that the DNC should stay neutral.

The DNC teams actively worked to defeat Nagin under the auspice of the committee's voting rights program.

The party's field efforts also coincided with a national effort by Democrat contributors to support Landrieu.

Landrieu had out-raised Nagin by a wide margin - $3.3 million to $541,980.

Journalists prosecutions

The NY Times covers the attorney general’s statement that journalists and media that reveal state secrets can be prosecuted:

The government has the legal authority to prosecute journalists for publishing classified information, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales said yesterday.

"There are some statutes on the book which, if you read the language carefully, would seem to indicate that that is a possibility," Mr. Gonzales said on the ABC News program "This Week."

"That's a policy judgment by the Congress in passing that kind of legislation," he continued. "We have an obligation to enforce those laws. We have an obligation to ensure that our national security is protected."

Where are conservatives going?

The LA Times reports on how deep the conservative rift is in the Republican Party:

Republican leaders, worried that their party's conservative base is demoralized, lean hard on one reed of hope these days: Election day is almost six months away, leaving lots of time to get voters mobilized.

But there already are signs that the surly mood of the party's core supporters is taking a toll around the country — in morale, in fundraising and in early election contests.

Drip, drip of scandal

The NY Times reports on the continuing drip, drip, drip of the Jack Abramoff scandal:

A former White House budget official is scheduled to go on trial this week, the first defendant to face a jury in the corruption scandal centered on the lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

The former official, David H. Safavian, is charged with lying about his contacts with Mr. Abramoff and about the circumstances of their 2002 golfing trip to Scotland by private jet.

Federal prosecutors have signaled that Mr. Abramoff, the former Republican lobbyist, is unlikely to testify, which suggests that the Justice Department may fear a grueling cross-examination that would damage the case against Mr. Safavian.

Gravel (who?) to New Hampshire

The Union Leader reports on Democrat Mike Gravel’s maiden trip to New Hampshire as an announced candidate:

His name is Mike Gravel and he’s running for President.

Gravel, 75, is a former two-term United States senator from Alaska, last serving 25 years ago. He is an officially declared candidate for President of the United States and he’s coming to leadoff primary state New Hampshire next week.

Although about 40 people have filed Presidential campaign documents with the Federal Election Commission, Gravel’s official campaign announcement a month ago at the National Press Club in Washington was believed to be the first such event of the 2008 cycle. It also attracted a wide range of news coverage, including stories in the Washington Post and USA Today.

Gore’s Internet skills

The Washington Times’ "Inside the Beltway" reports on Al Gore's latest blunder -- on his website that promotes the theory of global warning:

Patrick J. Cleary, senior vice president for communications at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), says he "couldn't stop laughing" this past weekend.

"In what must be a colossal mistake, the father of the Internet, Al Gore, on the blog on the site touting his new [global-warming] film -- -- features a link to the NAM blog," he says.

Why is this so funny?

"We have a section dedicated to debunking global warming," Mr. Cleary notes. "This is a blunder and is hilarious."

Indeed, NAM is a leading voice warning against Mr. Gore's "global-warming jihad" -- as Mr. Cleary refers to it.

Then again, perhaps Mr. Gore wants Americans to weigh both sides of the global-warming argument.

"I'm sure if they got a press call, they'd say they were interested in having a conversation on global warming," says Mr. Cleary, adding: "Right. Then why are there no other dissenting voices on there?"

Midterm review

The Washington Post reports on Republicans' strategy for midterm elections:

The Rove-Taylor view is that one-third of Americans agree with liberal Democrats calling for immediate withdrawal and another third support staying the course. The middle third wants a new strategy, but would be leery of pulling out and leaving behind a volatile Iraq, a position strategists believe leaves those voters open to persuasion.

"Look, we're in a sour time -- I readily admit it," Rove said in a speech last week. "I mean, being in the middle of a war where people turn on their television sets and see brave men and women dying is not something that makes people happy and optimistic and upbeat." But, he added, "ultimately, the American people are a center-right country who, presented with a center-right party with center-right candidates, will vote center-right."

Perhaps the most important element of the emerging strategy will be to "move from a referendum to a choice," as Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman put it. Instead of a verdict on Bush, Republicans want to frame the election as a contest with Democrats, confident that voters unhappy with the president will find the opposition even more distasteful.

"We're moving from a period where the public looks at things and says thumbs-up or thumbs-down, to a time when they have a choice between one side or the other," Mehlman said.

Gingrich’s good idea

Editorial by: Roger Wm. Hughes

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said on a Sunday talk show that President Bush should convene a conference at Iowa State University dedicated to making America free from foreign oil. Iowa’s Congressional delegation was ranked as the third most powerful state in the nation.

Have you heard anything from these Congressmen and Senators about convening this conference?

It is clear that the first state in the nation who will declare themselves free of foreign oil will be Iowa. Iowa is a haven for bio-renewable fuels. Iowa is already well ahead of most states when it comes to: wind-turbines; ethanol; bio-diesel; and hopefully soon with hydropower. Yet, Iowa’s Congressional delegation is silent when it comes to calling for the President to follow up on Gingrich’s idea.

Call our Congressional delegation and tell them to get on the stick.

Cold cash

The NY Times reports on Democrats' worst nightmare:

The F.B.I. accused Representative William J. Jefferson, Democrat of Louisiana, on Sunday of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from a Kentucky businessman and stashing $90,000 from the scheme in his home freezer in Washington.

Pataki in Iowa

Gov. George Pataki (R-NY) attends a fundraiser for state senate candidate LaMetta Wynn (R-IA) in Maquokete, IA on Friday, May 26.



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