September 4, 2007

And The Lord Spake, Thou Shalt Caucus First In Iowa

Guess who said this in Sioux City over the weekend as a reason to bolster Iowa's pre-eminent place in the primary structure (via Instapundit):

“Iowa, for good reason, for constitutional reasons, for reasons related to the Lord should be the first caucus and primary."

I'll give you a hint: it's not Pat Robertson or George Bush -- but if it was, can you imagine the outcry? At Heading Right, I reveal the identity of the prophet and wonder whether the usual suspects will start clamoring about the separation of church and state. For that matter, will Constitutional scholars be able to dissect the reference?

UPDATE: Was this a joke? The attendees didn't think so, and the next line from the candidate reminded the audience that he signed the pledge to protect Iowa's position. Michael van der Galien has more:

We also see a double standard at work, although the people present seemed to realize it: “It’s the kind of thing that would make me wince if, for instance, George Bush said it. [He] has the saving grace of not taking himself too seriously. It was one of those off the cuff remarks that can’t be taken as seriously as the punsters will make it.”

Let me see, if we make a big deal out of it, it’s our fault, except for when George W. Bush would have said it in which case it would have been a remark needy of extra attention (and laughs)? That makes sense.

It sounds more like the typical politician's attempt to pander to his audience, only doing such a clumsy job that it becomes risibly obvious. And again, let's just think about what the reaction would have been had a Republican said this.

UPDATE II: Still not sounding like a joke:

Asked about it Tuesday, Richardson said: "Look, that was an off-the-cuff comment where I said Iowa and New Hampshire should be first."

When pressed further, he said Iowa should launch the primary calendar because "it's a tradition in American politics that has worked."

"Iowa scrutinizes candidates through a grass-roots state. They are very good at winnowing down candidates," he said. "They don't listen to national polls. Iowa voters are very independent and issue-oriented."

The only joke is Richardson, thus far.


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Comments (11)

Posted by Woodman | September 4, 2007 11:52 AM

Guess that answers the question of "What would Jesus do?"

Posted by filistro | September 4, 2007 12:10 PM

Could it just possibly have been a JOKE? Like, maybe... "for good reason, for constitutional reason, for reasons known only to God..."

Oh, my aching head.

Republicans are getting as bad as Dems... and that's saying a lot when you can't even read the "comments" section at any left-wing blog without getting drowned in spittle from indignant folks who are aghast... nay, they are outraged!... by the latest perfidy from the Right.

Yes, yes, I know the Outrage Machine needs all the fodder it can get, but we need to take every bit of fun and whimsy out of politics in the process?

As my new hero Mitt says... "Lighten up slightly."

Posted by Only One Cannoli | September 4, 2007 12:19 PM

You'd think God would at least choose as His messenger a democratic candidate who has a chance of winning the party's nomination.

Posted by Carol Herman | September 4, 2007 1:35 PM

POLITICS. Before we got to "primaries," and investing voices in "da people," everyone knows "picks were carried out" by a few grease balls. But political king makers; in smoke filled rooms. (Served with drinks. Whores available with finger-snapping. And, assorted odd-ball results.) Some very, very bad.

We all know, Truman got to run in the veep's slot, in 1944. Either way, the Prendergast Machine KNEW this guy was gonna get to be president.

Why? Because FDR had a dream. That with the war, when it was over, he'd get to resign; so he could take the reins of the UN. Instead? He was dead a number of weeks after he was sworn in for the 4th time. But still, Truman was a Prendergast pick. From deep inside the machine.

Well, what was it?

Was it the calamity caused by running Tom Dewey in 1944? Was it watching how Truman out-maneuvered General Douglas MacArthur?

Perhaps it came later? After the 1950's, when the Bonkeys saw IKE sweeping in; and even though Ike added chairs to the Executive Table, and, after having run as a Conservative; turned into a man who added to government, instead ...

And, then we got John F. Kennedy; where he goes and gets assassinated. WHile the Chief Justice gets arm-twisted to "step down" and do a White Wash. Because the Warren Commission Report is the furthest thing from the truth the government's produced ...

You get to The People. As if the elites on the inside, just threw up their hands.

You bet, the elder Bush knew how to work the internals of the GOP. So he, though not as popular as McCain, lands in the nomination seat in 1988. Running against an absolutely colorless Massachusetts politician, Dukaka.

Romney's from Massachusetts. Wears a different party label. But made from the same "cheese cloth."

And, now?

No matter how hard Iowans scream; and they can go first if they want to. They can even hold the 2012 primary polls in 2008, for all I care ...

You see the "clashing of civilizations."

The ways in which politics really changes.

And, the ways they don't.

For instance, fish wraps. Getting them to select you ask their choice; still appears on their WORTHLESS editorial page. But they don't know people aren't listening to them, anymore.

The Internet's created a whole new ball of wax.

And, no matter what else is ahead, after t'marra, with Fred Thompson jumping into the pool ... You're gonna see MORE sporting action. Not less.

You think one state in the beginning now can tell other states what to do? Heck, not even in the senate. You'd be surprised how powers can just run through your fingers like sand. Just ask John McCain.

Anyway, with all this "early stuff?" I'm betting money that the latecomers to the party will be eating "early candidates" for their luncheon food.

Being the last? May make more sense in such an environment. With if both parties produce turkeys, expect an Independent Run.

Sure, we'll get them, anyway. But when they try to take off, against Ronald Reagan, let's say ... they end up in the single digits. And, hence don't count. On par with people who don't vote at all.

While the stakes are high enough, now, that many voters just want to see someone ELECTIBLE. A lot of the "favorite son stuff?" Won't be the music that's playing when the nominee walks down the aisle to claim the prize.

Can the conventions come back to importance? Now, wouldn't that be nice! Let John Kerry be the one who walked on stage to the last scripted event; where there weren't even enough balloons.

Posted by filistro | September 4, 2007 2:44 PM

I'm not sure I'm getting your point, Captain.

Are you saying Richardson is pandering because he asserts that Iowa and NH have some kind of inherent, traditional right to be first? If so, I tend to agree with you. (Albeit reluctantly, because I do kind of like traditions, generally...)

Or are you saying he's pandering because he's implying this right is somehow God-given? Because in that case I think you're putting way too much weight on a casual verbal construction that is commonly used.

Why? God only knows :-)

Posted by Lightwave | September 4, 2007 3:43 PM

More Richardson from Iowa:

"That was an off-the-cuff comment about the importance of Iowa. This was an Iowa crowd — I'm trying to score points, I'm moving up in the polls. So I don't consider that a mistake — that was an off-the-cuff comment, and I stand very strongly behind the fact that Iowa and New Hampshire should be first."

Ladies and gentlemen, Richardson's "Stockdale Moment".

I continue to be impressed at the speed at which the Democrats seem to be self-destructing. It's almost as if none of them actually want to be Hillary's VP.

Posted by Colonel Austin | September 4, 2007 3:56 PM

Lightwave: I would share your impressibility at the Dem's speed of collapse, but I have a far greater fear of the utter destruction of my once-dear Republican party.

Posted by Gregory | September 4, 2007 4:47 PM

This is why high school graduation ceremonys have microphone police to prevent any on or off the cuff remarks that might include "the name that must not be spoken". This just in: Allah wants Florida to go first, Buddha and L. Ron Hubbard were unavailable for comment.

Posted by filistro | September 4, 2007 5:03 PM

And Satan, meanwhile, is said to be leaning strongly toward California.

Posted by Rose | September 4, 2007 6:42 PM

Bill Richardson - the same Dim Socialist idiot who is promoting OPEN BORDERS, and also felt it was his PATRIOTIC DUTY, a few years ago, to shelter TEXAS DIM LEGISLATORS from an Austin QUARUM CALL to vote on the TEXAS CONSTITUTIONALLY MANDATED redistricting plan, so they could hang onto an INTERIM plan laid out by THREE LIBERAL JUDGES, as the Constitution calls for, when there is NOT ENOUGH OF A MAJORITY for one redistricting plan from the Legislature - ONLY UNTIL SUCH A MAJORITY BECOMES MANIFESTED (NOT the full 10 yrs later).

What a pure slob.

Posted by Rose | September 4, 2007 6:45 PM

Posted by Colonel Austin | September 4, 2007 3:56 PM

Lightwave: I would share your impressibility at the Dem's speed of collapse, but I have a far greater fear of the utter destruction of my once-dear Republican party.



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