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October 29, 2004
Harkin Embarasses Iowa

Senator Tom Harkin took on an additional role this afternoon when he appeared on behalf of John Kerry in Vinton, IA. According to the Cedar Valley Times, Harkin imparted a message from A Higher Authority when he spoke to a huge crowd of Iowa Democrats (via Drudge):

Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin says John Kerry has been gaining in the polls every day since Oct. 21, and George Bush has been going down every day.

"That's how God wants it to be," Harkin told a group of about 25 people at the Benton County Headquarters in Vinton on Thursday afternoon.

Harkin was touring the state to stump for Kerry and Democratic legislative candidates. He appeared in Benton County on behalf of Mt. Auburn Mayor Dawn Pettengill, who is running against incumbent Republican Dell Hanson for the Iowa House District 39 seat.

God's newest employee either needs a bit more training, or The Lord God Of Hosts needs to have a chat with his HR department, as Harkin issued this ringing endorsement of Pettengill:

After encouraging the party faithful to get out the vote for Kerry, Harkin turned his attention to the Iowa Legislature, which he called an "albatross around the neck" of Gov. Tom Vilsack, whom he referred to as the "best governor in the United States."

"This is the worst legislature I've seen since the 1950s," Harkin said.

Harkin didn't remember the name of Pettengill's opponent, but told the group, "he has to go."

Oh, come on! Harkin can't remember the name of the opponent of the candidate he's endorsing? Maybe all those close, personal chats with God just overwhelmed his memory. Maybe Harkin can check and see if the Vikings will make the spread on Sunday, too.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 29, 2004 3:26 PM

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