Everything old is new again

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in Iowa today for a major fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (minimum donation $2,500). She's also tacked on a public event to discuss stimulus spending on education in Iowa.

The occasion gave us a glimpse of cutting-edge Republican strategery. First, there was the boilerplate cheap shot comment to the press:

Republican Party of Iowa Executive Director Jeff Boeyink said he's surprised any Iowa congressional Democrats would want to appear with her. [...]

"We don't think her values are Iowa values," Boeyink said.

True to state party chairman Matt Strawn's promise to get the Republican message out using social media, the Iowa GOP highlighted the report with Boeyink's quote on their Twitter feed.

I guess Boeyink hasn't seen recent nationwide polls showing Democrats still have a wide lead on the generic Congressional ballot. Since Iowa votes fairly closely to the national average, I'll bet Republican House leaders are less in line with Iowa values than Pelosi.

Meanwhile, Blog for Iowa's Trish Nelson received a National Republican Congressional Committee robocall last night, using Pelosi's visit to bash Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-02). Click over to read the transcript of the call, which was recorded on Nelson's answering machine. Its warnings about Pelosi's "liberal agenda" and "San Francisco values" give it a "back to the future" flavor.

Wake me up when the Party of No comes up with some message that's not 25 years old.

Tags: Iowa, Nancy Pelosi, Republican Party (all tags)



Re: Everything old is new again

"We don't think her values are Iowa values," Boeyink said.

Indeed. Pelosi is from California, and so cannot appreciate Iowa values like marriage equality.

by mcc 2009-06-06 04:36PM | 0 recs
or to put it a bit differently

As a supporter of marriage equality, Pelosi is more in line with Iowa values than with California values.

by desmoinesdem 2009-06-06 05:50PM | 0 recs
Beat me to it lol

by DTOzone 2009-06-06 06:03PM | 0 recs
Repubs like to dwell on Pelosi's lowish poll #s...

..as if those lowish numbers are due to her not being Republican enough, and only if she were a bit more Republican, her poll numbers would be higher.

Frankly, I think her numbers will never go up among Republicans no matter what she does, and I think her numbers are lowish among Democrats is because she seems too meek in helping push Obama's agenda.  So if anything, she needs to be even more "Democratic" than she has been.

As for her values, that's just Republispeak.  It has no relationship to the reality.  Unfortunately, this applies to a lot of people in the country.

by prius04 2009-06-06 06:47PM | 0 recs
Re: Everything old is new again

Yeah NRCC, go waste your money going after a deep blue district like IA-02.  

by Kent 2009-06-06 08:17PM | 0 recs

What is the game plan there?

by desmoinesdem 2009-06-06 08:42PM | 0 recs
Re: Everything old is new again

Wife had a ticket, but she's sick as a dog.  Bummer.

by lojasmo 2009-06-07 03:14AM | 0 recs


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