Tuesday, January 01, 2008

RAUCOUS!

TRS and Spouse partied in the New Year at “The Raucous Before The Caucus”. Calling it a great party pretty much says it all.

Our communications director, Mary Tiffany, and her Democrat counterpart Carrie Giddens, did a whale of job in pulling off this project. Four or five open bars, original Iowa food and drink like MaidRite, Maytag Blue Cheese, Templeton Rye Whiskey, Jasper Winery and, of course an unlimited supply of fantastic oers d’oeurves by Mike LaValle from the Des Moines Embassy Club. Big congratulations are due Mary and Carrie (even the rhyming names are cute) for the smash political soiree of the year (2007). Girls, you showed our state in a great light, did us proud as they say in southern Iowa.

A generous sample of Iowa’s political and journalistic savants was present, the proverbial Hendersons of Pablo-Fanques Fair. Since everyone was off duty, and the conversation was almost entirely political, we’d better not out anyone lest we start rumors about who said what to whom.

The broad consensus of opinion predicted a narrow Huck win over Romney on our side and somewhat wider Obama win on the Ds. The crowd was divided between McCain and Thompson coming in third. Even most of the Dems in the crowd thought Hillary would finish third. However, virtually no one thought the results in either party are particularly predictable. For example, Huck’s non release of the latest attack Romney ad was generally thought to be a gambit that could go every way. Virtually no one, even yours truly, has much confidence in their prognosis because race is so vexingly close in both parties.

One Democrat Obama supporter worried because she thought that predicted good weather would facilitate the attendance of older women, Hillary’s core base of course, on January 3. The most surprising discovery in a night of socializing with Democrats was a widespread and general desire to stop Hillary. There is hope for America after all. Perhaps the
latest slap at Iowa from a high level Clinton campaign figure-the Governor of Ohio-informed or affected the local level of intra-mural opposition to Evita.

On our side, the media figures present began to notice Huck’s support among Rs is far more ideologically diverse than generally depicted in the national media. A number of last night’s celebrants who would hardly be described as “evangelicals” seemed solidly committed to Huckabee. This diversity is not yet reflected in the national media coverage of Huckabee but may very well be a factor on Thursday night.

But the greatest outcome of the event was the continued demonstration of Iowa’s bipartisan hospitality, decency and generosity, high lighted against the back drop of Des Moines’ beautiful downtown. Good job Mary and Carrie!

21 comments:

Vigilante said...

Yeah, Ted. Iowa has a good thing going in its cottage industry each four years. Am I jealous? No maybe about it. But if Iowa chooses Obama, all will be forgiven. At least for the next four years!

Little Buddy asks said...

Was there any talk about various non-candidates who feel snubbed by the process? What did the Dems think of Klein or did they have an equivalent?

Anonymous said...

TRS for State chair!

Rebekah/Larry Brandmeyer for county chairs!!

Anonymous said...

TRS for State chair!

Rebekah/Larry Brandmeyer for county chairs!!

KenRichards said...

I agree 100% TRS for state chair.

Anonymous said...

Another vote here for Sporer for State Chair.

tim said...

SPORER FOR STATE CHAIR? I AM IN !!!!

The Real Sporer said...
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The Real Sporer said...

Vigilante, that's like saying the Democrat establishment is thwarting Mike Gravel or Gollem Kucinich.

Anonymous said...

TRS, when is the state chair election?

who will succeed TRS at the county level?

Jack in WDM said...

Vig; I like Obama's chances in the Hawkeye state!

krustette said...

I disagree. The whole kit and kaboodle needs to be replaced.

No offense meant TRS =)

Anonymous said...

Ted-

Nice work on the Mr. Kite reference.

Anonymous said...

It's not a real party until Quack Klein shows up.

tbuzz41058 said...

Watch this video, then tell me what you think.

http://fredfile.fred08.com/blog/2007/video-freds-message-to-iowa-voters/

He's not running any negative ads. He just shows you who he is, and what he stands for. He says what he means and means what he says.

Nevadagirl said...

Mitt's the man! Jim Bopp said:
"Mitt Romney, however, has been the focal point of their (the DNC's)attacks. That is because he is a full-spectrum conservative who will reunite the Reagan coalition."
www.evangelicalsformitt.org

Anonymous said...

Shhhh Anon 4:28 PM! Don't mention the K word.

Anonymous said...

5:39, Good Point. I thought the air seemed cleaner, fresher somehow; and then I realized that this place hasn't stunk with Klein's farts for about two days now. I hope that having no sooner been said.........

Anonymous said...

I think somebody close to him told him to stop embarrassing the Father's Movement. Perhaps his activities on this website caught those in the Father's Equal Custody Cause by surprise so Ken did good to expose him. I see Klein quit posting here very soon thereafter. Whatever it is let's just hope it continues.

Buddy says said...

Mark Klein got no votes at all in Iowa. At least in NH he can count on accidental votes unlike Iowa where he had to actually have somebody stand up for him infront of their neighbors. Reality has to be setting in now because if it is not it never will.

Anonymous said...

Mike Huckabee 38,605 - 34 percent
Mitt Romney 28,367 - 25 percent
Fred Thompson 15,044 - 13 percent
John McCain 14,749 - 13 percent
Ron Paul 11,232 - 10 percent
Rudy Giuliani 3,853 - 3 percent
Duncan Hunter 499 - 0 percent
Tom Tancredo 5 - 0 percent

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