Friday, December 01, 2006

McCain brings on Marlys Popma

One of Iowa's leading social conservatives, Marlys Popma, officially joined John McCain's team this afternoon. Popma worked on the caucus campaign of Phil Gramm in 1996 and Gary Bauer in 2000. This is mostly significant because of Popma's strong ties to the social conservative community in Iowa- a group McCain will have to do a lot of work to win over. Bringing on Popma will go a long way in helping him do this. She is close to the Iowa Christian Alliance, Iowa Right to Life, and the Family Policy Center.

Also on McCain- Over at Krusty, the blogosphere's favorite klown has an update on McCain's Iowa staffing. While we at the Cooler don't have confirmation on some of the staffers Krusty mentions there are a few advisors we'd like to add to his list.

Krusty mentions that both Bob Haus (Gramm 96, Forbes 2000) and Karen Slifka (Bush 2000, RNC Regional Political Director) will advise the McCain campaign. They are joined by Dave Roederer who we've mentioned before, and Tom Cope (lobbyist, Iowa GOP strategist). Rumors are that Ed Failor Jr. may enter the fray as well.

All 6 of those advisors have experience working for Iowa Caucus campaigns and different ones at that. Key strategists for President Bush, Lamar Alexander (Roederer), Phil Gramm, Steve Forbes, and Gary Bauer are all represented. That's experience that will be invaluable given the enigmatic nature of the caucuses.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

line change

3:29 PM  
Blogger Cancer Man said...

How does someone go from Bauer to McCain? that is a bit of a leap in conservatism wouldn't you say?

Oh well, a Bauer staffer signed with Pataki so I geuss it really is a business afterall. Or maybe there is another word for this the likes of Jesse Jackson can only fully comprehend: Shakedown?

Amazing. Vander Plaats wasn't considered pro-life enough (no execptions) or conservative enough to her but John McCain is? Maybe Bob just didn't open the checkbook to her like McCain is?

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain is pro-life cancer man. What's your problem comprehending that. He has always been pro-life- just look at his votes.

And before you can say "Gang of 14" I say why don't you compare Roberts and Alito to O'Connor, Kennedy, and Souter (all appointed by R Presidents). Seems to me that the gang turned out ok.

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its extraordinary how some folk become viewed as more conservative when they start writing checks. What is a good word for someone who sells themselves for money?

Kinda like a political version of the Starlite Bunny Ranch in Vegas.

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gang of 14 threw a whole slew of great, principled conservative judges for the appellate courts under the bus - right at the moment we had the chance to get them all confirmed and when the political will of the GOP was there to back it up.

Re. Alito and Roberts, we wouldve gotten them confirmed without the Gang of 14. And without all the political fallout, to boot. And without demoralizing Repubicans.

McCain the "Greatly Compromised" single handedly engineered and orchestrated the biggest first torpedoe that was the unraveling of a strong, confident GOP after President Bush's and Congressional Rs' win. You think Bush would've nominated Miers on the heels of a profound political victory of a bunch of strong Circuit Ct. judges and Roberts getting confirmed, and after showing the Ds as the unprincipled, perfidious bunch they are when they would've actually been forced to vote on all those nominees?

He mocks "the extremists," "the fundamentalists," "the far-right wing" (all his own words) at every opportunity in order to lap up the love of the press.

Spin for McCain and his fellow Gang of sell-outs all you want, but Iowans know better.

1:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

106- You are totally off-base on this. We didn't have leadership in the Senate that was willing to go nuclear. Bush didn't have the political capital after Katrina to appoint far-right appellate court judges like Janice Brown and frankly Bush appointed Miers because he has a long trak record of sticking with those in the family, those he trusts, and he misjudged the public response.

While McCain was creating a coalition that allowed us to appoint two conservative judges- Romney was presiding over the only state to allow gay marriages and placating pro-choice Massachusettes liberals.

You have blinders on.

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Romney was presiding over the only state to allow gay marriages and placating pro-choice Massachusettes liberals."

The courts allowed gay marriages, not the administration. Saying something stupid like that kills your entire argument, which was going fairly well up until that point.

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You were the one that wanted the Senate to go nuclear.

Explain to me how you can demand that the U.S. Senate go nuclear in one breath and then in the next breath give Romney a pass for signing gay marriage licenses (over 175 of them).

Your expectations have to be consistent.

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A HUGE misstep by Mccain!!!

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain is one of the most moderate Republicans in Congress. McCain Feingold (passed with the votes of liberals as a way to muzzle the right while letting unions go free), opposition to the federal marriage amendment, voting against tax cuts, and gang of 14.

The guy is a complete media whore, and hates our base. His contempt for conservatives is well-established. Add to that the fact that he would be the oldest man ever elected President, and it just makes no sense.

Also, isn't 24 years in Washington enough? C'mon. His time is past.

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Word is that McCain groped Yoda's wife once. McCain is just Sleazy!

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way Let's don't forget the SL crisis that hit our country-- Oh Yeah we had to bail that one out to the tune of Billions and who was at fault --McCain!

7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain is as conservative as Joe Biden and also of the same character!

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Freeze list: anyone on McCains Campaign!

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain has no experience in leading a successful organization!

7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical top-heavy campaign. Too bad he's barely a Republican. Marlys isn't running. Neither is Dave.

It's John "old Mavericks never die, they just become entranced by the MSM" McCain.

Shouldn't we instead nominate someone who isn't embarassed to be a Republican?

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MP did wonders for the Gramm & Bauer campaigns. Outside of a few "fruit loops" nobody in Iowa supported these losers.

7:27 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Why doesn't anybody here ever talk about Mike Huckabee??? He's the only real Republican who's running that has any chance of winning the nomination and yet he's ignored in favor of the so-called "Republicans" Rudy, Romney, and McCain.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Brent Oleson said...

Huckabee? The guy who panders on immigration. The guy who panders by advocating increasing spending on entitlement programs? Oh, the "real" Republican. I didn't know there were "real" Republicans and "faux" Republicans. Enlighten us Peter when you back from putting the snakes away after your southern baptist service tonight. It's called a big-tent Peter, NOT a pup-tent.

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If McCain is the Republican nominee I'll hold my nose and
vote democratic.
He's too old and is not a conservative.

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so you would rather vote for a young genuine liberal?

9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Max, you pointed out two of Huckabee's beliefs that emphasize his compassion. The other Republicans should look into it. And sticking by one's guns is hardly pandering. Poor choice of words.

Pandering is switching your view to make a voting block like you. See: Romney in his gubernatorial race.

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd rather vote for a pathetic young liberal than an old man and turncoat like mccain. Neocons need to support their own and reject non-conservative candidates even if they happen to be the Republican nominee. ===================================

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huckabee's "compassion" cost the taxpayers of Arkansas dearly.

No thanks to another big-spending Republican President.

1:27 PM  

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