Thursday, July 06, 2006

Vilsack & Bayh touring Eastern Iowa


Certain Democrats are ginning up their presidential aspiration tours. One we know well, too well if we consider the cost of his landscaping habit, is on a homegrown political tour.

Vilsack & company's new metaphor has something to do with Iowa's "changing landscape". I'm not sure it's a good political move to associate landscaping and political success. We've all lived through some version of landscape hell; the over priced and very dead Japanese maple, ill suited to zone four, ripped out and replaced with a contorted filbert only to lose the filbert the next year and turn to the five dollar juniper, on clearance at the local discount home & garden mega store, because we know it works. For a different version of Iowa's “changing landscape” replace the plant names with Maytag, Iowa Speedway and Walmart.

According to Radio Iowa, Vilsack and his politically tuned in wife are out stumping the Iowa countryside to build presidential momentum.

Governor Tom Vilsack's visiting eastern Iowa today (Thursday) to tout his administration's economic development record as he starts making the case to Iowans that he's presidential material. Vilsack's wife, Christie, is also making the case for her husband during her stops around the state.

In a recent speech, Mrs. Vilsack talked about the same thing her husband's talking about today -- how the "landscape" of the state has changed during his eight years in office. "We have literally changed the landscape in Iowa," …

… The state's First Lady also cited the doubling of state grants to libraries as well as the direct grants to many libraries through the state's "Vision Iowa" and "Community Attractions" economic development programs. …

… Governor Vilsack was in Davenport this (Thursday) morning at 10. He'll be at A-D-M in Cedar Rapids over the noon hour and at three o'clock the governor will speak at the Burlington Public Library. …

It’s a friendly O.Kay puff piece, not much of a story unless you consider Evan Bayh’s Iowa schedule. From a campaign email sent out to Iowa bloggers encouraging us to come along on the Evan Bayh tour (as if we really matter – Iowa’s old and not a tech-hip sort of place).

Iowa Bloggers-

As you may have heard, Senator Bayh is making another trip to Iowa this week (July 6th-8th) and we would love for you attend. If you can attend any of the events, please email me back and we may be able to make special arrangement for you at the event to ask Bayh questions and/or get a picture with him. In particular, we are looking for people to go to the Bruce Braley event in Davenport on Friday.

Ryan A.

All America PAC

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

Senator Bayh will be making his fifth trip to Iowa in the last twelve months to help raise money for and support State Senator Roger Stewart, State Representative Polly Bukta, State Representative Nathan Reichert, State Senator Tom Courtney, 4th Congressional District candidate Selden Spencer, 1st Congressional District candidate Bruce Braley, 2nd Congressional District candidate Dave Loebsack, and State House candidates Jan Kvach, Tyler Olson, and Art Staed.

Schedule of Senator Evan Bayh:

July 6, 2006 THURSDAY

5:30 PM-06:45 PM

JOINT TRUMAN FUND EVENT HONORING IOWA STATE
HOUSE & SENATE (Des Moines)

7:15 PM-08:30 PM

EVENT HONORING SELDEN SPENCER
(4th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CANDIDATE) (Adel)

July 7, 2006 FRIDAY

5:15 PM-06:15 PM

EVENT HONORING STATE SENATOR ROGER STEWART & STATE REPRESENTATIVE POLLY BUKTA (Clinton)

7:15 PM-08:45 PM

EVENT HONORING BRUCE BRALEY (Davenport)

July 8, 2006 SATURDAY

9:30 AM-10:45 AM

EVENT HONORING STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATHAN REICHERT (Muscatine)

12:00 PM-01:15 PM

EVENT HONORING STATE SENATOR TOM COURTNEY (Burlington)

5:00 PM-06:30 PM

EVENT HONORING DAVE LOEBSACK (Iowa City)

7:15 PM-08:30PM

EVENT HONORING STATE HOUSE CANDIDATES JAN KVACH (35th DISTRICT), TYLER OLSON (38th DISTRICT), & ART STAED (87th DISTRICT) (Cedar Rapids)

The dueling schedules comes on the heel of the WaPo Fix’s Friday Line post from this last Friday.

Evan Bayh: We were intrigued to read in the Des Moines Register this week that Bayh is the only 2008 Democrat other than Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack who has political staff on the ground in the Hawkeye State. We've said all along that Bayh's methodological approach to the nominating process will eventually pay dividends. At some point, however, Bayh needs to show that he is more than just a process candidate (Midwesterner, former governor of a red state) and that he can energize Democratic base voters.

Process candidate? These guys have never spent any amount of time in Iowa (no smirking at the computer screen). We like it when the presidential wannabes make the rounds with an open and low-key style. Why do you think Vilsack decided he needed to head on over to eastern Iowa this week?


Comments:
I think bloggers certainly do matter in Iowa... if not for Iowans themselves but for the rest of the country that follow Iowa presidential politics.

So we want to hear what people thought of Sen Bayh's speeches at the Davenport or Cedar Rapids or Adel... we want first hand accounts of what they were like... what better way to do that than through blogs reporting on them.
 
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