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Bobbing and weaving, bobbing and weaving…PRICELESS
5:40 PM CT.
They say that if it doesn’t kill you, it will make you stronger. Well, that wise wisdom is certainly appropriate in some situations. However, this morning I found myself face-to-face with something that really almost killed me – and oddly enough, I don’t feel any stronger.
After our morning interview with the good people at AFSCME IOWA, we stopped at a Casey’s (think 7-11 meets WAWA) to grab a cup of coffee and something to munch on. Josh and I both purchased muffins from the baked goods/pastry section of the store. Check it out.
Well, that bugger nearly killed me. Well, maybe not an immediate death, but this muffin, packed with a whopping 640 calories and almost 40 grams of fat was just too much for this guy (and Josh) to take down. We threw them out in the trash. I need the occasional fix of junk food, but that muffin was just a little extreme.
We finished up our interview with Bruce Braley from the Iowa 1st and we’re now headed all the way back to Sioux City, where we will get a couple of hours sleep before beginning the epic trek west towards Montana. We’re like Lewis and Clark, but fatter and a little more Jewish.
Iowa has been amazing, as always. I spent some much needed time this weekend with Laura, my very understanding girlfriend who came to visit from Philly. You can check out pictures from our brief visit to the Ankeny pumpkin patch on the DoubleSpeak flickr page)
I’m really looking forward to getting out to Big Sky Country and seeing some old friends and meeting some up and coming candidates who are working hard to change the political landscape in Montana and the Mountain West.
Wish you could all see what I’m seeing: rolling corn fields, lots of cows and a really stunning sunset. Oh, and did I mention – listen to DoubleSpeak’s new Wisconsin episode!
12:43 PM CT.
While there’s no doubt that we’ve been on a true road trip for over a month, I feel like today is when the driving really begins. I am also starting to feel the time crunch as the days are peeling away towards November 7th and I want to make sure we get everywhere we want to be by E-day.
We left Des Moines, IA this morning after an extremely comfortable stay with a gracious host and true friend in Des Moines. David- you are a golden g-d and I can’t wait to see you again soon.
We are headed to Davenport, IA to interview Bruce Braley, candidate for the U.S. House in Iowa’s 1st district. For those of you who know the geography of Iowa, Davenport is on the far eastern edge of the state so we are booking it across I-80 E to make it there by 3:30 PM.
Braley is at a forum on Stem Cell research and will be joined by Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette. If we can talk to her today then we’re really killing two birds with one stone as weâ€™ll be in Colorado too!
One piece of sad news I have is that there’s a good chance that one or more of us may not be able to finish this trip due to probable overdose on chicken skewers. Yeah, that’s right. The other night we were given roughly 50 grilled chicken kabobs that were leftover from an event that our friend organized in Des Moines. They are absolutely delicious and all three of us have eaten over a dozen so far today. This could be a long day!
Ok, so we’re going to Davenport now and then turning west and heading ALL THE WAY to Sioux City. We’ll arrive in Sioux City late tonight, have another wonderful night at Roger and Anita Wendt’s lovely home, and then tomorrow morning hop in the minivan and begin the 1,000+ mile drive to Montana.
Here we go…
Congressman Dave Obey is a Wisconsin original. Active in Wisconsin politics since his college days in the late 1950’s, Obey speaks to voters in an unvarnished style that originated before the ascendancy of professional political consultants and spin doctors. The name of his campaign committee says it all: A Lot of People for Dave Obey. First elected to Congress in a 1969 Special Election, Dave Obey has become overwhelmingly popular in a competitive district that stretches from his hometown of Wasau all the way to the Minnesota border and Wisconsin’s beautiful Northwoods; no Republican even bothered to run against him in 2004. Dave is also a mean bluegrass-harmonica player.
Obey is never afraid to speak the truth about the corruption and incompetence of his House Republican colleagues. He’s in a position to be a great reformer as the Chairman-In-Waiting of the powerful House Appropriations Committee if Democrats can recapture the House in 2006. Now Obey is barnstorming the country with Democrats like Iowa 1st Congressional District nominee Bruce Braley, stumping for a hike in the federal minimum wage without sham Republican tax cuts added on.
House Republicans, especially those on the Appropriations Committee, have turned the important process of funding government programs into a means of self-enrichment and influence peddling. Dave Obey would be an Appropriations Chairman Americans can be proud of. Just another reason its time for a change this November.
By: Alex Madorsky
by DoubleSpeak contributor Alexander R. Madorsky:
For all you DoubleSpeak election junkies, hereâ€™s a brief breakdown of all notable â€œSuper Midterm Tuesday” results, provided for your convenience in alphabetical order by state:
ALABAMA GOVERNOR: Governor Bob Riley easily defeated fascist theocrat/Ten Commandments Judge Roy Moore in the Republican primary. On the Dem side, Lieutenant Governor Lucy Baxley trounced former Governor Don Siegelman, an alleged bribe-taker under federal indictment.
Although national conservatives still despise Riley for putting a debacle of a tax-hike on the ballot, he has regained credibility with Alabamans for his post-Katrina performance. He is a favorite to win re-election over Baxley, who nonetheless is the Democratsâ€™ strongest candidate.
CALIFORNIA 50TH DISTRICTâ€”In a race that garnered much attention from the national media, former Congressman Brian Bilbray defeated Democratic college professor Francine Busby to win a special election to fill the remainder of corrupt Rep. Duke â€œCarlsbad Crimplerâ€ Cunningham’s term. There has been enough spin from both sides in the wake of this election to make a brother dizzy. Here are the facts: Francine Busby got 45% of the vote after garnering just 36% of the vote as the 2004 nominee. George W. Bush easily won this district in both 2000 and 2004. Hereâ€™s my opinion: this district was always a tough pick up opportunity for Democrats, but to have any shot at getting the House back in November, weâ€™ll have to win seats like these, as well as much more conservative seats.
CALIFORNIA GOVERNORâ€”State Treasurer Phil Angelides narrowly bested State Controller Steve Westly in the Democratic primary to challenge the Governator this fall. Angelides, also a real estate developer and former State Party Chair, will have his work cut out for him this fall. The race should be close and nasty. For more on the Arnie campaign, check out Arnold’s Neighborhood. In a side note, former Democratic Governor Jerry â€œMoonbeamâ€ Brown, a personal favorite, easily won the Democratic Attorney General primary and is likely to win in November.
IOWA GOVERNORâ€”Secretary of State Chet Culver narrowly defeated former Congressman and state Director of Economic Development Mike Blouin, the hand-picked candidate of Governor Tom Vilsack, for the Democratic nomination. Kucinch-esque State Rep. Ed Fallon also ran surprisingly well. Culver should be a strong candidate against Congressman Jim Nussle, who ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Culver continues to improve on the stump, has great fundraising prowess, and also happens to be the son of former U.S. Senator John Culver. Vilsackâ€™s candidate also took a whipping in the Ag Secretary primary, thus denying him much needed prestige for a potential dark horse presidential campaign in 2008.
IOWA 1ST DISTRICTâ€”Attorney Bruce Braley narrowly defeated former Mayor and State Rep. Rick Dickinson and former State Senator Bill Gluba for the Democratic nomination in what should be one of this yearâ€™s most hotly-contested House races. I believe this is great news for Democrats. Braley is an articulate, progressive outsider with the courage to call W. a liar on TV, while Dickinson was a smarmy conservative who ran a vindictive campaign. Gluba was a well-intentioned space cadet who already lost this seat in 2000 and 2004. Republicans chose wealthy businessman Mike Whalen over State Rep. Bill Dix and former State Party Chair Brian Kennedy in the race to fill Jim Nussleâ€™s open seat.
MONTANA SENATEâ€”State Senate President Jon Tester has quickly become one of the netrootsâ€™ favorite candidates this cycle, and with good reason. The progressive, populist organic farmer is a regular guy, not a yuppie professional politician like State Auditor John Morrison, the man Tester trounced in the primary. Although bloggers may claim this race as a first major victory, it is probably Morrisonâ€™s zipper that cost him the nomination. A conservative hypocrite, Morrison endorsed the Federal Hate Amendment even though he acknowledged cheating on his wife. Tester is the right man to defeat Conrad Burns this fall and heâ€™ll be a great Senator.
SOUTH DAKOTA GOVERNORâ€”Governor Mike Rounds was one of the most popular executives in the nation before he signed a sweeping and patently unconstitutional ban on nearly all abortions. Although he remains the favorite in the fall, South Dakota Democrats are now energized and have more candidates for the legislature than ever before this year. The Democratic nominee is former State Rep. and physician Jack Billion.
Well folks, I hope this primer will help you, come the fall elections, and we ALL hope that all these outstanding Democrats are victorious!