Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Cheney Stumps for Whalen

Vice President Dick Cheney was in town yesterday raising money for GOP candidate Mike Whalen. It is reportded that Cheney drew a crowd of about 100 to the $500-minimum event, raising about $125,000 during the stop.

Ed Tibbetts has a good article in the Times today regarding the stop, the protest, and both the Republican and Democrat responses to the event.

I do have a few initial thoughts to some of the items in the article though:

“He puts things into perspective,” said Carman Darland of Eldridge, Iowa.

I think this is just a strange quote...What does it even mean?

More importantly:

Cheney’s low approval ratings have had Democrats floating the idea that his presence might actually hurt Whalen with general election voters.

This is a silly argument for the Dems to be floating. It is mid-July. The election isn't for another 4 months. I don't think many Independents will go to the polls on Nov. 7th and vote against Whalen because he had the VP in to fundraise for him in July. To the contrary, I think events like this are good for Whalen...it seems to be the only way he can he can raise money in the district, and a cool $125,000 in one evening isn't doing to bad.

Overall, it sounds like this even has to be classified as a success for the Whalen campaign and VP Cheney.


Blogger Yoda said...

hmmmm.... Change name from Iowa's First to Iowa's Frist, when will you?

10:17 AM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

No Iowa's Frist here. This blog is dedicated to the 1st District race for the time being.

11:32 AM, July 18, 2006  
Blogger QuadCityImages said...

As an independent who didn't know much about Whalen other than which restaurants he owns, I would disagree that bringing in Rove and Cheney won't affect him. Before, I only knew he was a successful businessman that had been accused of not being "republican enough." Now I know that he has ties with the 2 worst members of the current administration. Makes for an easy decision in November for me.

2:35 PM, July 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Conservative Demo here:

I'd take that quoted and estimated figure about the amount of money raised at the Ruhl sheeney soiree with quite a few grains of salt if I were you. I base that on a statement by a guy who claims to have been there by invitation and with a _very low_ contribution on his part. He claimed that in order to fill the joint they actually had to go out recruiting semi-friendly faces who'd maybe contribute 25-bucks or-so. (those're all my characterizations incidentally, not the alleged attendee's words)

4:47 PM, July 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm, Conservative Demo here again:

It appears my "alleged attendee" now is saying he didn't attend.

Les Nessman might smell a conspiracy in that. Did the Darth "Senator, you can just go cheney yourself, Vader folks remind him that hunting accidents happen?

So mebbe weelin did make some pocket change at the Ruhl elbow-rubbing.

3:23 PM, July 19, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

I hear he made some money, but it was probably closer to or just under $100K. Still not bad.

8:01 AM, July 20, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

QCI you may be on to something...Braley is sure doing his part to make sure people equate Whalen with the Washington insiders he's keeping company with.

See July 14 and July 18:


8:51 AM, July 20, 2006  
Blogger The Real Sporer said...

Association with the White House is rarely bad for someone running for office.

By the way, never forget for a minute that the Democrats have even lower approval ratings that the WH or the Rs in Congress. People are mad at us but find the Dems repulsive.

8:51 PM, July 30, 2006  

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