Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


November 5, 2005

 Sen. Hillary Clinton voted against the Republican budget, saying, "While the proponents of this budget will claim that their proposal is a solid step forward in reducing the deficit, in reality what they will only achieve is the partial financing of their tax cut agenda on the backs of seniors on Medicare, those living in poverty on Medicaid and low income housing residents."


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"Screwball" Harkin

Analysis by Roger Hughes

Over his long political career, Sen. Tom Harkin has done many a strange thing. Now without Communist countries to champion, he has become even stranger. There is only one appropriate adjective to describe what Harkin has become. He is a screwball.

screwball   adj : foolish; totally unsound; "an impractical solution"; "a crazy scheme";
 "half-baked ideas"; "a screwball proposal without a prayer of working"

"Screwball" Harkin showed up in Iowa again this weekend. "Screwball" Harkin had last been seen during the Kerry campaign calling V. P. Dick Cheney a coward. Now, he has reappeared inferring that Cheney is a crook.

Harkin made references to the fact that Cheney’s assistant, Scooter Libby, was indicted and that everything centers around Cheney being the front person for the war in Iraq.

"There is just a lot of smoke around Dick Cheney. A lot of it and - it all centers around him," said Harkin in a television interview.

Harkin is known for his metaphorical innuendoes.

"Screwball" Harkin -- who we all remember for his egg-him-on hand clapping during the "Screaming  Dean" in Iowa scene -- was on a roll while back in Iowa. He also called for a requirement of every American getting a flu shot. This should not be surprising, given Harkin's socialist tendencies. I am sure that he will tax the rich to pay for all those flu shots. That's his screwball answer to every problem.

Daschle's prognosis

Former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota said President George W. Bush's presidency is "essentially over." Daschle made the comments while delivering the keynote speech at the Iowa Democrat Party Annual Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner in Des Moines.

Daschle said the Democrat Party could not win without addressing America’s need to focus on alternative fuels and energy efficiency.

Daschle also called on Democrats to solve our nation's health care crisis. He said health care is the "biggest single domestic problem facing our country today.''

He offered little in terms of keeping our nation safe from terrorists.

Biden declares disconnect

Sen. Joe Biden campaigned in New Hampshire and tried to attribute the fact that Democrats have been losing races due to their disconnect from the American people, according to the Union Leader:

"We’ve become disconnected from where we grew up," Biden said. "The Republicans, because of our distance, they have convinced a lot of people we ain’t one of them."


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