Everything old is new again
by desmoinesdem, Sat Jun 06, 2009 at 04:24:11 PM EDT
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.