Friday, December 29, 2006


With New Year's Eve upon us, the Cooler staff will be spending the weekend watching college football and drinking champagne. So this will be the last you hear from us until Monday afternoon, barring some big news relating to a GOP 2008er.

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you again for making us part of your daily web surfing. By the end of the year we will have had 30,000 unique visitors to this website (in just over 5 months) and we are grateful for every one of you.

With that, here's our final post of 2006. ________________________________________________

The Cooler intern has been spending the last 2 weeks doing some reconnaissance work in the 2008 camps. Each GOP candidate put together a New Year's Resolution that will help them do the best they can in 2007, to prepare for a victory in the Iowa Caucus in January of 2008. How can each of these men best position themselves in the coming year- the Intern has the New Year's note that each candidate wrote to themselves.

Mitt Romney
- You need to pinpoint a message on the key social conservative issues, abortion and marriage, and stick to it through thick and thin. Once that position is fine-tuned, you cannot waver, no matter the audience or the situation. We will be challenged on it, but we must be strong, consistent, and persevere. To win in Iowa- we need to be THE credible alternative to John and Rudy, thus we need clarity on these key conservative issues.

John McCain- You've got to remember what it was that drew people to you from the start. How you rose to prominence. Focus on cleaning up Washington, reforming, independence, trustworthiness, and credibility. Don't lose that credibility by trying to force yourself on those who are already lost to the Limbaugh noise machine. Be the one person in the race that people can look to and say- there is a leader I can trust.

Rudy Giuliani- Rudy, you are America's Mayor. You stuck with George W. through thick and thin and thinner. You have national appeal. Don't lose sight of these advantages. In 2007 all you have to do is build a strong Iowa staff and be persistent in reminding the voters that you are a reliable Republican and you know what it takes to be an executive in a post-9/11 world.

Sam Brownback- Just as someone who is taking up exercising each morning in the New Year, you need to take up fundraising phone calls. It will be tedious, and you will sweat at times, but it is the only path to victory. $ + reliable SoCo record= Top 3 finish in Iowa.

Mike Huckabee- You need to consistently remind yourself that you are a candidate for President and behave as such. Spend at least 1 day (preferably 2) each month at the following airports: DSM, CID, SUX.

George Pataki- Do a rosary novena with prayerful hope that Rudy decides not to run after-all.
Newt Gingrich- Spend the next 9 months reinventing yourself on cable talk shows and listen to the people when they demand your presence in this race (even if the people aren't demanding anything)

Jim Gilmore- 3 words. Credible Conservative Alternative. Rinse, lather, repeat.

Tommy Thompson- Stay in the race just long enough to keep yourself in the national dialogue. Gracefully exit before you overstay your welcome.

Duncan Hunter- Focus on building name ID on military credentials. Don't criticize Romney, McCain, or Rudy's foreign policy proposals because Defense Secretary Hunter sounds nice no matter what administration it's in.

Chuck Hagel- Run enough positive TV ads in the Omaha media market, where you already have name ID to finish a respectable 5th in the Caucus.

John Cox
- Statesman not nuisance. Statesman not nuisance. Statesman not nuisance.

Happy New Year Everybody. God Bless.

-The Cooler Staff.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck hagel is barely republican along with McCain, why are they even in the race?

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MCCAIN HAS A 83% conservative rating

while Hagal & Romney were listed as top 10 RINO according to Human Events magazine

1:08 PM  
Blogger Cancer Man said...

Apparently they didn't take in account McCain's:

- Blanket amnesty for 12 million (and counting) illegal aliens

- Leading the fight against the Bush tax cuts

- Keating 5

- Ringleader of the Gang of 14

- Campaign finance reform that brought us the 527's, ACORN, ACT etc.

- John Kerry asking McCain to be his runningmate. Now there is an eye-opener!

- The fact that he needs Independents and Dem crossovers to win GOP open primaries (see New Hampshire)

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kudos to the Cooler for a great post.

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John McCain thinks Teddy the Swimmer is a great guy. I would ask for independent confirmation on that point, but Mary Jo Kopechne is unavailable for comment.

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could someone clear up for me whether or not cancer man likes John McCain?


2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could someone clear up for me whether or not cancer man likes John McCain?


2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cancer man = yada

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where to get online chemo?

3:33 PM  
Blogger Cancer Man said...

I like Republicans. So no, I don't like the Democrat collaborrator John McCain.

WAR Yogurt from Spaceballs

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain/Kennedy: Botox and Detox

5:35 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Hmmm...DSM, CID, SUX???

7:04 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

Chuck Hagel votes with the President 95% of the time and is clearly a strong social and fiscal conservative from his policy positions and his voting record.

10:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The three major airports in iowa peter...

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hussein is taking the eternal celestial dirtnap. The McCainuses are pissed because the murderous dictator may have "suffered" under the United States. Every good McCain supporter knows that we can't have those who kill US soldiers suffering.


7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cancer Man doesn't like Democrats or Democrat posers with Big Goverment solutions UNLESS:

It is Government Bureaucrats telling restaurant owners how to run their business.

It helps insurance industry executives at the expense of the little guy and our civil jury system.

It is some Big Massachussetts Goverement run health care system that his east coast ken doll governor proposes that puts another tax on business owners.

It contains the ability for him to put on his little nazi brownshirt and tell smokers they can't smoke in their car, on university campuses, on city property, in bars, in restaurants, or anywhere else in the freakin world.

WAR small government and true republican values.

WAR not being a hypocrit

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting article from political wire dot com.

Is Romney's Michigan Support Crumbling?
December 29, 2006

CBN News has been talking to operatives in the state of Michigan and the news is not good for Governor Romney. I've learned that there are at least four Republican Representatives from the Michigan State House that are seriously rethinking their support of Romney for President.

These are members of Romney's steering committee in Michigan who are now having reservations about recent revelations about Romney's past comments in regards to marriage, abortion and the Boy Scouts. There's a good chance that they could jump ship. I know that one of them wrote to Romney's office demanding specific answers to certain questions. If these members jump ship, the logical choice would be for them to back Senator Sam Brownback for President. Unlike Romney, Brownback has no past skeletons in his closet when it comes to these issues.

Romney has been under criticism lately because of a letter he wrote in 1994 when he was running for the U.S. Senate. In it, Romney thanks the Log Cabin Club of Massachusetts, a gay Republican group, for its support. He also calls for equality for gays and lesbians. In the letter, Romney also said he supported President Clinton's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gays serving in the Armed Forces, describing it as "the first in a number of steps that will ultimately lead to gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly in our nation's military." Romney has lately been positioning himself as the candidate for family value conservatives in 2008.

As for whether gays should be allowed to be leaders in the Boy, Romney said this in 1994 when running for the U.S. Senate, "I support the right of the Boy Scouts of America to decide what it wants to do on that issue.all people should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation."

What I'm being told from a well placed source on the ground is that the representatives who may leave Romney are really questioning the legitimacy of his conservative credentials. Romney has always said he has evolved on these issues over the years, but these folks in Michigan think it's okay to evolve, but some of this seems to be major flip flop material, especially on the life issue where they point out how he's gone from pro-choice in 1994, to pro-life in 2000, to pro-choice in 2002 and now back to pro-life.

Romney's office will dispute this, but what they can't dispute is a potential unraveling among their steering committee in Michigan. Michigan is crucial to Romney. He has significant family roots there and it's one of the first four primary states. He needs to do well there. Stay tuned for more in this space.

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cancer man- "I only support republicans not Democrat collaborators..."

Funny then that you would choose a candidate that named RINO icon Bill Weld as the politician he felt he most emulated.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Sioux City, got it.

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Cox- Statesman not nuisance. Statesman not nuisance. Statesman not nuisance.

Too funny. He crossed that line in June. Nuisance.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

"I'm Sam Brownback and I believe in a big tent party, just not John Cox."

2:05 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

LOL!!! Hilarious Post! ;]

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Romney: Vow not to socialize anyone else's health care system.

McCain: Vow not to spend $250k on Marlys Popma.

Cox: Vow not to make every campaign speech a complete embarrasment

Newt: Vow to enter the race. We need you badly.

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to all!

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to all!

10:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year!

With the moderate GOP candidates that seem to be the front runners today, we need candidates like Cox and Brownback to bring conservative issues back into the picture.

In 2008, we cannot win without our Conservative Republican base. Democrats like Edwards will take away moderate support from McCain or Giuliani. John Cox is not a nuisance right now; he is publicizing issues that are important for the front runners to address.

9:31 PM  

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