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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.