(Page 2 of 2)
“It’s almost always the first question a presidential candidate has to answer in Iowa, ‘Do you support ethanol subsidies?’” says an Energy and Natural Resources Committee staffer. “And it’s always an issue for us. I don’t know how either Kerry or Daschle avoid it, unless they can successfully remove the amendment, and that could come back to haunt them too.”
“Kerry and Daschle can’t afford to waffle on this,” says a Democratic leadership staffer, pointing out that other potential Democratic candidates are positioned to pounce. “Dick Gephardt has had great grassroots operations in Iowa in the past and that can be key to a caucus. The ethanol issue is one he could make hay with.”p> SAVING GOV. RYAN br> The White House would like current Illinois Gov. George Ryan to resign before the November election cycle really kicks in, and is putting pressure on the RNC — namely current chairman Marc Racicot — to do its dirty work. /p>
“They want Ryan out as soon as possible,” says a senior RNC staffer.
Ryan, a longtime Illinois politician, was elected governor in 1998 but chose not to run for re-election after his administration became tainted by a federal investigation into graft during Ryan’s previous tenure as Illinois secretary of state.
State Attorney General Jim Ryan (no relation) is the Republican nominee, facing off against Democrat Rep. Rod Blagojevich, in one of the critical gubernatorial races in 2002. “We can’t afford to lose Illinois, and having a scandalized Ryan in the governor’s mansion isn’t going to help a guy with the same name and from the same party. Best to get him out so he doesn’t do any damage,” says the RNC staffer.
But why the RNC? Why not let the state party handle it? “Governor Ryan has a lot of pull in the state party, they don’t want to push him out,” says the RNC source. “And [House Speaker] Dennis Hastert doesn’t want to push an old friend out, either. That leaves the national party.”
And it leaves chairman Racicot, according to the RNC source, bucking the White House request. But the clock is ticking, and Blagojevich is given better odds than any Democrat in years. Republicans have controlled the Illinois governorship since 1976.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?