Thursday, March 30, 2006

Braley 10, Dickinson 1

A week or so ago there was a flap in the Quad Cities Times when Rick Dickinson brought up a case his trial lawyer opponent took over a decade ago in which Braley represented a woman suing a labor union. Dickinson used this as a way to try to discredit Braley with the unions.

I said then (as did everyone else), and I say now, that this was a useless, poorly planned, and perhaps last-ditch effort by Dickinson. At the time though, a commenter asked me to do a post on just how wrong Dickinson was, pointing out that Braley got the Iowa Federation of Labor Endorsement, among others.

This commenter is right. A quick glance at the candidates' websites will show you that Bruce Braley has accumulated 10 labor endorsements compared to Dickinson's 1.

I'm not sure what gives Braley all this momentum among labor, but that coupled with Dickinson's inability to raise money last quarter (we'll soon see what this quarter brought in) has got to be killing the Dickinson campaign. My perspective on that primary, unlike the GOP primary, is that there is a clear favorite, and he is pulling away quickly.


Blogger Burton Rider said...

Scoop: the word has been out for a long time. Rahm Emanuel, the DCCC, the DNC, even the IDP are all pushing Braley on the inside. It's not even a race.

The smoke-filled rooms of the DCCC decided long ago to cast their lot with Braley and the unions are goose-stepping right along with it. Totally boring primary, but gives Repubs a chance to think through who can stand toe-to-toe with Braley, the clever trial lawyer.

I've posted plenty about whom I think that is. Watching the debate I saw with Dix, Kennedy, and the three blind mice, only Brian Kennedy had the smarts and toughness to give it back to Braley.

8:58 PM, March 30, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

I know you think it is Kennedy that is the best candidate on the GOP side, but I would hardly say he's the clear favorite and is pulling away quickly, like Braley. In the GOP primary, it seems that every candidate has their own strengths: Kennedy on the issues, Dix with the fundraising, Whalen with the initial name ID/business connections. That's what keeps this primary exciting.

5:20 AM, March 31, 2006  
Blogger Burton Rider said...

You're absolutely right. Braley is pulling away behind an establishment that has already decided he's their horse.

Repubs can turn that into an advantage. Momentum from a high profile primary win, a better tested and vetted candidate, against an opponent who hasn't had to run a tough race.

And don't forget, a primary win solves the two problems Brian has - name ID and money. It doesn't, however, help Dix understand issues nor does it make Whalen any less of a terrible candidate.

6:55 AM, March 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I absoultely cringe when I think of Bill Dix up against Bruce Braley. I remember the look that our hogs used to have as we were marching them up the ramp to the truck to take them off to slaughter. Total fear.

And Mike Whalen? He will be like the bulls we put in the stanchions. First we took off their horns, and then we cut off their balls. Braley will gut him.

We better put someone who can go toe to toe with Braley. Kennedy.

Scoop, I'll post it here first: If Dix or Whalen (god forbid) are the nominee, this race is over. Dem pickup #1.

9:42 AM, March 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm always amazed by Kennedy folks on this blog who think the ability of Brian Kennedy to string two sentences together makes him the best candidate. Being a great orator - which Kennedy is certainly not - does not mean he is a great leader.

Bill Clinton - great orator, crappy leader.

George W. Bush - crappy speaker, great leader.

Chuck Grassley, Terry Branstad, etc.

The list goes on and on. Iowans vote for what you can do for them, not for being a pretty speaker.

Bill Dix has this race locked down. I'm sorry the Kennedy folks are too blinded by his so-call great debating skills to see it.

10:56 AM, March 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Dix has the race locked down with what?

He couldn't even "lock down" passage of his weak home loan bill in the statehouse. He hasn't been able to "lock down" the budget over the last decade either, despite being the Appropriations Chair. The only thing Bill Dix has locked down is his ability to stare sheepishly at a crowd and say, "I'll do whatever it takes."

Brian Kennedy isn't a great orator, but at least he has some intellect and ability.

11:08 AM, March 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the DCCC and Trial Lawyers have chosen the Democratic candidate? Looks like Iraq is more Democratic that Iowa's First District. So Braley is this year's Ann Hutchinson...yippee! Looks like Republicans will hold onto this seat again.

12:31 PM, March 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know what I think is a great match-up for Republicans. A trial lawyer and lobbyist vs. a trial lawyer.

Exactly what the voters want.

1:49 PM, March 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would certainly guarantee more of the same in Washington. How exciting for the people of Iowa - Barf!

1:59 PM, March 31, 2006  
Anonymous Bruce pays his staff said...

anon 2:31

Keith, get back to work.

Braley has always been a Democrat. Unlike "I Love the Chamber of Commerce crowd" Dickinson.

Oh, how's Rick's fund raising going? Has he paid you yet this month?

2:09 PM, March 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 1:08 - Locked down how? With people to vote for him. Last time I looked that's how you win elections.

3:11 PM, March 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

chet like bill dix. his name short. bill only say short words. chet can understand. kennedy say big words, chet not get. chet hope bill wins.

when chet governor big phone calls with bill go fast. here how:

hi chet, bill.

hi bill, chet.

what you doing?


me neither.

ok bye.


chet say bill good to work with. easy on brain. vote for bill. vote for chet because bill and chet not stupid.


4:39 PM, March 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

chet want free pork chop. chet vote for mike whalen.

7:54 AM, April 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you really think, given the lobbying scandals in Washington DC, Brian Kenedy is the GOP's best candidate to hold the seat?

4:13 PM, April 02, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, all candidates have strenghs and weaknesses.

Brian Kennedy's strengths far outnumber his weaknesses.

This simply can't be said of the other two...especially on the fundamentals...Intellect, ideas, experience, composure, debate, basic thought process, not under Federal investigation, etc.

Brian Kennedy is the complete package when it comes to a canidate, and if the best the other side can ever do is throw out the term lobbyist in a poor attempt at name-calling, then I think he's in good shape.

8:21 AM, April 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of Brians 7 supporters agree with that statement Anon 10:21

Mike! Mike! Mike!

12:12 PM, April 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is not meant as a smart ass comment, but wasn't Brian forced to resign as the Republican Chair for wild comments where he accused the Attorney General of being responsible for a murder that took place in Minnesota? I think this happened in the early 90's. I seem to recall that it was him who made those statements, but I could be wrong.

8:45 PM, April 03, 2006  
Anonymous RINO Hunter said...

Mike Whalen is not a good candidate for the republican party. The moron who keeps posting "Mike! Mike! Mike!" has yet to answer some questions that were directed to him in another posting that he seems to be hiding from much like his RINO candidate.

So Anon 2:12 (Dumas), try to answer these or shut the hell up:

1. Why did Whalen financially support Dave Nagle against Nussle?

2. Why did Whalen financially support the Iowa Democratic Party?

3. Why did Whalen support Ross Perot in 1992 against Bush 41 giving us the Clinton administration?

4. Why did Whalen invest in bringing riverboat gambling to Eastern Iowa?

5. Why did Whalen host Al Gore at his restaurant during the 2000 presidential general election agaisnt Bush 43?

6. Why does Whalen support a tax increase to "reform" social security?

7. Why won't you answer my questions? Just ask one of those other Bridesmaid Enterprises hacks and collectively come up with some sort of spin at least.

I bet that guy just responds with a question and no answers.....


10:37 AM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Rino Hunter:
You could fit all of Brian's supporters in a Ford Focus. Why would I waste my time responding to you throwing mud at my candidate?

11:09 AM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous RINO Hunter said...

I rest my case....

11:46 AM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Hello? Mcfly! said...

Mud? Those are YOUR candidate's actions/positions.

Judging by your lack of defense of them I'd say they are pretty indefensible. No?

12:03 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 10:45, you've got your facts wrong.

Brian Kennedy completed his term as Iowa GOP Chairman. Much to the contrary, he had a very successful Chairmanship through the 1996 elections in which he engineered a GOP takeover of the Iowa Senate.

12:15 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dumas can fit into a Ford Focus? When did you see that happen? I bet you're lying....

12:16 PM, April 04, 2006  

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