Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Whalen's My Favorite

Krusty is an idiot. He's not even considering all the great attributes of Mike Whalen for the GOP nomination in his recent post where he declares his love for Bill Dix.

Here's why I like Mike Whalen:

Mike has a business. He has grown that business from a "failed 100 seat coffee shop". What a guy. He has now been so good at business that he's had to move his multi-state conglomerate's headquarters to Moline to avoid paying taxes in Iowa. Most criticize this move, but I think it's smart business. Now, since he's had a wonderful career in the private sector, it's only logical that he deserves to be our next Congressman.

I like Mike Whalen because he's not your run of the mill Republican. Nope. Mike Whalen offers something that no other GOP candidate in this race does, and that is donations to Democrats. This simply shows that Mike has been on every team, and that he now knows he wants to be a Republican. If you mix the fact that he's now Republican with the fact the he donated to such a liberal guy as Dave Nagle, and that he helped defeat George H.W. Bush, I think Whalen averages out to be a pretty good moderate, which is probably what this seat needs to win in November. He may say he doesn't remember the donations, but I know he's just finally the candidate in the Republican primary that's genius enough to know he doesn't want all those conservative votes out there that most others think they need to win.

I like Mike because he's chubby and jolly. Always excitable, and darn it, he's downright entertaining. All the joking and fidgeting will without a doubt make him a great Congressman.

Also, his arrogance is certainly paying off. Everyone who meets him knows that he is a great guy...If you don't already, he'll tell you. And, he's not in it for the money or the pension. Since he's such a good restaurantuer that he is destined to be a great Congressman, he has millions already.

That's the other thing I like about Mike. I know that if he wants to he can pretty much buy the seat. And, knowing about his arrogance and his oversized ego, I think he just might try to win at whatever the cost. Therefore, if I back Mike I think I might be backing a winner. I like that too.

And there's proof. If you didn't know he's winning, just ask him. He'll tell you. He'll show you his poll he paid for. I am right, just like Mike. Whalen '06!


Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

Now that this farce is over...

I've been distracted by the GOP infighting during the last week. I'll work on something regarding what the Democrats in the 1st CD have been up to in the next couple days.

In the meantime, comment away!

7:38 AM, March 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I will comment as soon as I stop laughing! Hilarious post!

Unfortunately, you're right. He's got an ego the size of Texas, and despite the fact that he can't win the primary or the general, his high priced consultant team would never DARE tell him that, and instead will consul him to pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into a failed bid.

Mark my words: he'll be a spoiler in the primary, and he'll be spoiled in the general, and probably won't endorse or campaign for the winner.

10:58 AM, March 08, 2006  
Blogger Krusty said...

This is a great post, but did you have to call me an idiot?

11:38 AM, March 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...and probably won't endorse or campaign for the winner." Writes one of the anonymous Kennedy staffers.

Really? Kettle calling the pot black... funny what you can find on the internet-

(excerpt for the Washington Post; August 17, 1999)

Brian Kennedy, a top adviser to Lamar Alexander, who pulled out of the race yesterday, said Bush "came closer to Earth" with the results in Iowa and that in sharing the stage with his rivals may have lost a little of the halo effect around his candidacy.

Like others, Kennedy pointed to Bush's speech to the party activists on Saturday, which received a lukewarm response. "One thing Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan had in common is that when they were under the red-hot lights, in the big moments, they were always able to lift their performance to the next level," Kennedy said. "This was one of those moments. ... He didn't deliver a performance that rose to the occasion."

Kennedy added that "those who choose to attack will attack from the right and that will make it more difficult for him to run a general election campaign reaching out to the center until the primaries are over."
Washinton Post Link:

Kennedy LOST and still kept swinging... just like he will swing at those DEMONcrats... and priests??? Check this out in today's QC Times:

Way to go "tough guy"!

12:15 PM, March 08, 2006  
Blogger Burton Rider said...

Yeah, Krusty is kool. Not an idiot. Wrong on Dix, but otherwise kool.

12:16 PM, March 08, 2006  
Blogger Maverick said...

Krusty is trying to be nice. He had a nice posting today on "why he likes Mike Whalen."

It's one of the best posts I've seen on Whalen's potential as a candidate.

12:27 PM, March 08, 2006  
Blogger Maverick said...

Hey one other thing.

To Anon 12:15: I hope you've cut a great deal with Whalen's campaign. Everyone else is on that fat gavy train. It'll end on June 6, so lap it up while you can.

12:30 PM, March 08, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...


The "idiot" name was for effect only. Would you agree that it was a pointless addition to an otherwise good post? If so, my point is proven about all this name-calling going on between Kennedy and Dix bloggers.


12:38 PM, March 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well this is a reach.

Kennedy, at the time of the quote cited by Anon 12:15, was still working for Alexander...who was still Bush's opponent. This article was written in August 1999. Bush didn't clinch victory till 7 months later in March of 2000.

And, after the primary, it is well-known that Kennedy worked in support of George W. Bush to help win in November.

Because Brian's been in the arena for almost 20 years you can certainly find a long list of quotes where he challenged another Republican in the context of primary. But, you'll never find evidence of him giving one red cent to Dave Nagle or the Democrats.

1:15 PM, March 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a recent reader I wouldn't agree that it was a good article except for the "idiot" reference. It was a terrible article about a terrible candidate. Jolly? WTF?

1:22 PM, March 08, 2006  
Blogger Burton Rider said...

As I recall, Kennedy eventually served as the leader of the Bush whip operation for the electoral college roll call.

So while Dix and Whalen were pickin' pumpkins or cookin' pork chops, Brian was on the national stage making a difference. Sort of like being in Congress.

1:50 PM, March 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 1:22

It was a crazy thing we often refer to as "political satire."

Sorta like Whalen. Parody.

Sorta like Victory(less) Enterprises. Oxymoron.

3:45 PM, March 08, 2006  
Anonymous Runaway Bride said...

Speaking of VictoryLESS Enterprises or Bridesmaid Enterprises which is my favorite reference to Steve Grubbs' firm, If you add up all of their clients in 2002 I think they finished a collective 15th place. LOL

Hey Steve, maybe one of your hacks that blog for Whalen can tell me if any of the following people will still take your call after the job you did for them:

President Steve Forbes
Governor Steve Sukup
Congressman Larry McKibben
Congressman Stan Thompson
U.S. Senator Steve Grubbs. oops thats you, nevermind. By the way, didn't you finish a distant 3rd behind Maggie Tinsman?

8:26 PM, March 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Runaway Bride:

Harsh. If that's the track record, why do people like Whalen keep hiring this firm?

9:32 PM, March 08, 2006  
Blogger Steve Canyon said...

hey this is a great blog

9:40 PM, March 08, 2006  
Anonymous Runaway Bride said...

Well he created his firm while he was still State GOP chair and even had the party pay him for political "services" while chair. Hello! Ethical?

Fewer and fewer as a mtter of fact are actually hiring him. As evidenced by the new firms that are popping around the state to corner the market on Non-Grubbs consulting. His record has caught up with him and he is now left with only the clueless first time candidates with personal wealth (insert Whalen's name here).

The FEC debacle is the nail in the coffin for that firm.

Speaking of which, Scoop how about a story on the facts or at least the 1st CD news coverage of the FEC story? That way, we all know what it is we are referring to.

Thanks Scoop, and i agree, this is a great blog.

4:58 PM, March 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Scoop, check this one out:

He's at it again, playing "fast and loose" as you mention.

This guy isn't serious. He's a hoot to watch.

6:05 AM, March 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whalen is the Gluba of the Republican primary. They are both entertaining.

7:46 AM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

Great story ideas listed above.

As you can see I am a little backlogged on my postings, but I will work on a post to recap the FEC investigation, and today's Times article regarding the ethanol double-talk.

7:57 AM, March 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I suppose it's easy to fall behind when you have this blog. It's good stuff. Keep it up.

On the FEC stuff, I'm curious about what happened with Whalen's response. Doesn't he have to answer the allegations, like someone would in a regular court? Wouldn't the FEC have contacted him and asked for his side of the story? Would they have interviewed his consultants? Wouldn't Whalen have had to submit something formal in response?

That's what hasn't gotten any coverage. So, okay, the charges were made, then what? Whalen spouted off to everyone that "if they felt so confident about it, just go ahead and file a complaint." THEY DID! HA!

So then what happened? Whalen's been pretty damn quiet ever since?

8:15 AM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger Steve Canyon said...


I don't if you're a resident of the QC, but I think we all should give Ed Tibbetts a big pat on the back. He's the only serious reporter in the entire district who's really covering both sides of this primary race. His press buddies in Dubuque, Waterloo and CR are all waaaay behind the curve on this race.

8:17 AM, March 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who are all of these non-Grubbs consultants?

11:25 AM, March 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear Grubbs now has '08 prez candidate John Cox as a client now? I guess Harold Stassen died in 2001, so he wasn't available as a client. Might as well sign up next-best-thing John Cox.

At least Cox can afford a lot of emory boards from the Victory Store. Maybe if Dix wins the 1st, Cox could pick him as a running mate. Great ticket, huh? Cox-Dix 2008.

9:15 PM, March 12, 2006  
Anonymous Errol Flynn said...

Sounds like a Brokeback ticket...

9:01 AM, March 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What pixie dust does Grubbs have? Most consultants have to list their win/lost ratios to prospective clients. What motivated clients to hire this guy?

10:44 AM, March 13, 2006  
Anonymous Iceman said...

I would imagine that Grubbs passes himself off as the only game in town. Somebody posted earlier that he only lands the clueless self-financed first time candidates, well Cox would fit that description. To take Cox as a presidential client that would mean Grubbs can't take on any other presidential wannabees let alone the top tier candidates as clients like Romney or McCain.

Wow Steve, talk about bottom feeding. The FEC thing must have raised a few eyebrows...

10:18 AM, March 14, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We used to sit around and laugh at how badly he was fleecing Steve Forbes. Him and McLaughlin, who's doing Whalen's "rent-a-polls" these days.

1:49 PM, March 14, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems to me I saw a post, I think on Inside Dope, a while ago about how Grubbs has been losing business fast because he swindles clients in with a low consultant fee but charges them out the ass for materials (signs, shirts, emory boards, etc.), and then forgets to do the consulting.

9:48 PM, March 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scoop! He's at it again.

After losing a valid online poll in the Waterloo Courier, not attending any events, having the weakest possible nomination petition drive, and having not uttered a word in almost a month,

Mike Whalen has his buddies at the Nat'l Rest. Assn buy him a poll that shows him with 44% in the primary.


Maybe among the consultant team at Victory Enterprises he's at 38%.

This guy ought to be ashamed of himself.

3:51 PM, March 16, 2006  
Anonymous Captain Ahab said...

You know, the more I think about it, I have yet another reason why Whalen is not a good choice for the GOP nomination. The democrats will undoubtedly hold a few things against Mike whalen in the general election.

Most notably, they will wonder which of the two candidates has done more for the democratic party; Whalen or Gluba or whoever.

Once the D's figure out that although Whalen supported Perot against Bush in '92, gave money to the IA democratic party, hosted an Al Gore event at his restaurant and of course supported Nagle over Nussle, Mike really could have done more for the democratic party than he did. With Whalen's independent wealth and connection to the big casino industry, he could have contributed more $ or at least provided more union jobs etc.

Thsoe Dems, they don't forget much and I'm sure they'll hold it against Whalen and vote for the Democratic nominee.

The D's will just plain harpoon Whale'n....

10:48 AM, March 17, 2006  
Anonymous RINO Hunter said...

Godd point Capitan, permission to come aboard!

9:22 AM, March 18, 2006  
Anonymous RINO Hunter said...


Check out the post on "QC Politics: Braley Leads Pack."

There is a really good post that asks basically the same thing you do about whether Mike Whalen could win the Democratic nomination.

8:36 PM, March 25, 2006  

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