It has been impossible to watch television this week as the Democratic National Convention is splayed out for us to see all their posturing and posing. Channel surfing can ruin a perfectly good evening when you land on Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Billary, or their kindred. The nomination of the first African American for president is being touted as revolutionary. I agree. What I find ironic is Hillary’s role in the melee. The Clinton’s grandstanding – including the roll call vote – was designed to anoint her as the heir apparent should Obama lose to McCain (please, please, please). I’m wondering what Obama’s role would have been if roles were reversed? I’m guessing Billary would not have been as accommodating.
McCain will name his running mate on Friday. I’m becoming more and more certain it won’t be Romney or Pawlenty. Call it a hunch, but, I’m guessing these two are the attack dogs to keep scrutiny off the veep-in-waiting. I shudder to think it will be Lieberman or Ridge. My money’s on a dark horse whose name hasn’t been run through the media mill.
Gopal Krishna will not be representing Iowa as a delegate to the National Convention. He cited family health issues in an email sent to delegates.
What’s happening with Victory in northwest Iowa? CD hears Team McCain brought in a surrogate last weekend for an event with Steve King Saturday night. Two other events earlier in the day with said VIP (former Ag Secretary John Block) had miserable turnout. In Republican vote-rich northwest Iowa, it only makes sense to have a ground game able to turn out votes. Bush-Cheney did it very well in 2004. So far there’s nada from McCain’s camp or Victory. The door’s closing fast – less than 70 days to the election! Staff up!!
Iowa House Representatives are calling on Chet to make a special session happen. One of their proposals is to forgo the new prison in favor of infrastructure rebuilds. Awesome idea. But even better was their plan to shift Iowa Values Fund monies to helping businesses survive. That makes cents.