Wednesday, January 31, 2007


Mike Huckabee and Sam Brownback, two presidential contenders vying for the same slice of the caucus constituency pie, were both in Iowa yesterday on the campaign trail. You can read the MSM's coverage of Brownback here and here, and Huckabee here and here. Huckabee won the "Glover Primary", (probably because Mike didn't want to drive to Cedar Rapids) but still it is worth noting that the dean of the press corps chose the Arkansan. We would be remiss to not mention that Radio Iowa extraordinaire Kay Henderson chose to cover Brownback.

The most interesting thing about the coverage is that both candidates portrayed themselves as mainstream, neither seems satisfied to pander to the Keyes/Bauer wing of the party alone. BOTH the Cedar Rapids Gazette's article and the Des Moines Register's article about Brownback had the word "consensus" in the headline. I think that nugget speaks for itself. And I bet you didn't know he drives a hybrid.

The Huckabee Register headline included the words "Health, Music, and art in schools." Not exactly God, gays, and guns.

Both of these gentleman are selling themselves as compassionate conservatives without using that term. They are both campaigning in the "Purpose Driven Life" mold of being Christian means more than being pro-life (but don't forget we're pro-life!!!) One of the most fascinating aspects of this caucus season will be watching how these two campaigns develop and how much one can keep the upper hand over the other.

We promise to have the much anticipated line-change very soon. Life is getting in the way...
Update: Looks like Kay interviewed Huckabee today.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Good to see Huck getting out and mingling with the people.

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i concur.

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard last night that Huckabee picked up Vander Plaats and Danny Carroll to lead his campaign and that several legislators and other conservative leaders are about to announce.

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Krusty had that, too. Anybody know who's jumping on Huckleberry's ship?

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

any news on how the event went in CR?

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

45-50 people. There was a bald guy there. Yoda was there spying too. It was emcee'd by Billboard Bob Klaus who, depending on the day, is supporting about 3 candidates for president just in the last week.

Huck gave a really good speech though.

WAR 70 MPH Speed Limit

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeh, Billboard Bob is a class A act. We are all scoping out the candidates at this point. How dare you make such an outlandish statement?

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard Brownback did a decent job yesterday in CR. Anyone know the details? Where was he at? How did he do? The "alternative" will come down to Huckabee and Brownback, right?

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been studying this guy, and I attended a couple of events over the last couple of days. Watched several reporters walk away starry-eyed. I think Huckabee is going to suck the air out of all the other campaigns here. He is not just going to come out in the top three...I think he might win it.

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huckabee is going to win it. He is remarkable. Can't wait till the first debate, he will outshine the rest and become the clear choice for 2008.

9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yoda spying.....damn, who'd thought!

12:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:00 AM likes him so much he has to keep himself anonymous. (rolls eyes)

7:26 AM  
Blogger Yoda said...

Hmmm.... not spying, had to go dark and was working off grid like Jack Bauer. :P

WAR Chloe O'Brien

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOu mean you weren't spying on Huck Yoda?

10:16 AM  
Blogger Yoda said...

Hmmmm.... Invited, I was....

Wanted to see the level of support the 2nd best candidate in the race for prez might draw.... Huck did really good.

And to see my bald friend of course....

WAR Yoda Pez dispensers

10:23 AM  
Blogger Joel said...

While I disagree with your "second best" statement, it was good to see you again, Yoda. The Pez was delicious.

-a bald guy

11:36 AM  
Blogger Yoda said...

Hmmmmmm..... See this in the Hotline today, I did....

Romney Adds Fresh Talent

Former MO Sen. Jim Talent has joined Gov. Mitt Romney's (R-MA) campaign as chair of his domestic policy task force.

Talent is a distinguished fellow in military affairs at The Heritage Foundation.

He is also Sen. Sam Brownback's (R-KS) roommate in DC.

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Brownback speak and he has solid potential. I especially appreciate his concern for human trafficking here in the U.S. which is a reality that we all need to face.

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huckabee is like Jimmuh Cahtuh. Great guy, no brains.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Yoda said...

Hmmm... How did you find a pic of a brown bee? Your resourcefulness, astonishing it is to this jedi.....

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

master Yoda, who is the new CCA?

2:28 PM  
Blogger Yoda said...

CCA = Credible Conservative Alternative

Hmmmm.... The answer you seek 2:28 is Mitt Romney.

Take my word for it, you need not:


"There is a yearning for a clearer voice of conservatism," Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House, told the Boston Phoenix. He continued, "And I think that Mitt Romney has an opportunity to fill that."


"There are three or four Republicans--and four is being generous--one of whom will be the nominee, and Romney is one of them," Norquist, the leader of Americans for Tax reform, told the Boston Phoenix. He continued, "The non-McCain vote right now goes to Romney."


When asked whom the GOP would nominate in 2008 on The O'Reilly Factor, the conservative pundit and author said, "I think it's going to be Mitt Romney." She continued: "Actually, of the ones they talk about...he's my favorite."


4:30 PM  
Blogger Yoda said...

Here is Ann Coulter on thr O'Reilly Factor talking about why she supports Mitt Romney and then rips on Rudy/McCain.

WAR The NO Spin Zone

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

master yoda, Bill truly doesn't have a clue!

9:14 PM  

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