Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


November 14, 2005

"It is … regrettable that Sen. Kennedy has found more time to say negative things about President Bush than he ever did about Saddam Hussein," White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said in written comments.

"I point out that some of the critics today believed, themselves, in 2002 that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. They stated that belief, and they voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq," said Stephan Hadley, the president's national security adviser, on Thursday.

"What changed in the US with hurricane Katrina was a feeling that we have entered a period of consequences and that bitter cup will be offered to us again and again until we exert our moral authority and respond appropriately," Al Gore said. "I don't want to diminish the threat of terrorism at all, it is extremely serious, but on a long-term global basis, global warming is the most serious problem we are facing."

"I think the Democrats are going to have to think long and hard, as the hearings progress, about whether we should support him [Judge Alito]," Dean said.

"You should never say never. But for the 2008 election, my answer is definitely no," Governor Jeb Bush said.


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Republicans hostage

The Des Moines Register covered Former Bush Secretary Christi Tod Whitman’s visit to Iowa:

Social conservatives have taken the Republican Party hostage by ostracizing advocates of abortion rights and other differing views on sensitive social issues, former Bush Cabinet member Christine Todd Whitman said Thursday.

Whitman offered support for Republican candidates that are not strong social conservatives:

Prospective Republican presidential candidates who support some abortion rights include former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel and New York Gov. George Pataki.

"To write off people who are proven vote getters, proven leaders, well respected, because they are not absolutely pure on a couple issues is ridiculous," Whitman said.

Dean’s cowardice

The handlers of Democrat National Committee Chairman Howard Dean continue to refuse to allow him any face-to-face exchanges with Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman. Drudge reports on Sunday’s events regarding NBC’s "Meet the Press" incident:

DRUDGE has learned MEET THE PRESS producers have been working to get a head to head Dean/Mehlman appearance on the program since Dean was named chair back in February. Dean and his handlers have repeatedly turned down the request. The former Vermont governor only agreed to do this week’s program if they appeared in back-to-back interviews.

Harkin’s big mouth

Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa is once again seeking shelter from his big mouth. Harkin -- who is known for saying absurd statements like, vice President Dick Cheyney is a coward -- is trying to explain that he really isn’t going to lead a Democrat filibuster against Judge Alito’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

On Nov. 2nd, Harkin shot his mouth off in the Baltimore Sun saying, "I believe Democrats will filibuster this nominee on the basis that he's way too ideologically to the right. We need a moderate on the court, not an avowed right-winger like him that would upset the balance."

Harkin was covered in the Washington Times as saying that he had called for a filibuster. Given the statement of certainty with which Harkin is quoted in the Baltimore Sun that is understandable.

However, Harkin is now saying it just ain’t so. Des Moines Register Jane Norman’s column of Nov. 13 has Harkin saying about the charge that he wants a filibuster, "No, I've never said that. I'm not contemplating that. I have no intention of doing that," he said. "I don't know where that came from. I have no idea."

Media’s Intel Counter-attack

Editorial by: Roger Wm. Hughes

President Bush and the White House have begun to make the argument that Democrats are trying to rewrite history when it comes to going to war in Iraq. The Washington Post and Democrats have begun to make the argument that the Bush administration cherry picked the intelligence information that went to Congress. However, the most startling revelation by Washington Post writers Dana Milbank and Walter Pincus is that few in Congress read anything before voting to go to war in Iraq:

The lawmakers are partly to blame for their ignorance. Congress was entitled to view the 92-page National Intelligence Estimate about Iraq before the October 2002 vote. But, as The Washington Post reported last year, no more than six senators and a handful of House members read beyond the five-page executive summary.

Despite this Democrat National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said, "This is an administration that has a fundamental problem telling the truth."

Dean’s comments were aimed at not only the intelligence leading up to the war but other matters as well.

The liberal left, Democrats and big media’s real agenda is to show that President Bush lied to congress to cause them to vote to go to war in Iraq. They could then hopefully, Democrats will win control of Congress and move to impeach President Bush for lying to congress.

The problem isn’t how we got into Iraq. After all, Iraq is where one of the worst murdering dictator in the world existed – Saddam Hussein. Hussein paid the families of suicide bombers -- first $10,000 and later $20,000. Iraq is a nation that went to war with two of its neighboring countries, Iran and Kuwait.

Iraq is also a country that offers great hope in creating change in the Middle East. It is a place that understands secularism and religious pluralism better than any other Mid-Eastern country. This means it has a better than average chance of becoming some form of a Democratic country.

Iraq is also capable of changing two of the worst regimes on earth – both of which are on strategically on its borders: Iran and Syria. Additionally, if Iraq succeeds in becoming some form of a democracy it will have a great impact on Jordan, Egypt and even Saudi Arabia.

Iraq is and was clearly the strategic point where Western Civilization could cut maybe 50 years off the war with the extremist Islamic movement in the world.

It does seem clear that the White House is telling the truth on the fact that Democrats are trying to rewrite history when it comes to going to war in Iraq. Sen. Ted Kennedy may be the worst offender next to Howard Dean. During the Clinton administration Kennedy was adamant on the need to stop Saddam Hussein’s efforts of gaining weapons of mass destruction. Now, it's as if he doesn’t remember his many earlier pronouncements.

However given the fact that congressmen never even read the intelligence documents provided leading up to the war, it is hard for them to make the argument that they were mislead. They were what's called in the boardrooms of America’s corporations, 'negligent in their duties.'

As Sen. John McCain said on CBS's "Face the Nation" this Sunday, "Every intelligence agency in the world, including the Russians, the French ... all reached the same conclusion."

Maybe Democrats who never read the documents believe that they can some how convince the American public that they will be better at fighting terrorism in the world than Republicans who don’t make excuses for voting to kill terrorists. I hope that somehow Americans come to their senses and realize that we are in a global war. I hope that they come to this realization before another attack takes place within America’s boarders.

Maybe then -- if we are attacked again -- we will not have to start from square-one in understanding whom we are fighting and why we are fighting them.

Judicial warning

David Stanley’s Iowans For Tax Relief joined recently with two other groups to mail U.S. senators with presidential aspirations. The purpose of the mailing? To get the senators to vote for Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. The Taxpayers and the two other groups promised that they would campaign against them in Iowa if they failed to vote to confirm Alito.

Joining the Taxpayers were the Iowa Christian Coalition and Concerned Women of America organization.



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