Bachman and Paul do Well in Iowa, Obama goes on Bus Tour

Posted by PITHOCRATES - August 13th, 2011

Bachman wins Iowa Straw Poll with Ron Paul a very Close Second

All eyes were on Iowa.  At least the eyes that were interested in the Ames straw poll.  For after great mirth, merriment, food and entertainment, we have a winner (see Bachmann wins Ames straw poll; Ron Paul takes second place by Michael O’Brien and Cameron Joseph posted 8/13/2011 on The Hill).

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) emerged victorious Saturday in an influential straw poll of Republican voters in Ames, Iowa, cementing her status as the early frontrunner for February’s caucuses in the state…

A House member has never finished in the top two at Ames; extraordinarily, two House lawmakers finished nearly neck-and-neck toward the top. Bachmann is the first woman to ever win the straw poll.

And here’s how the other candidates did.  Note that those marked with an asterisk did not participate in the straw poll.  Still they garnered some write-in votes.

  1. Michele Bachmann (4,823 votes)
  2. Ron Paul (4,671 votes)
  3. Tim Pawlenty (2,293 votes)
  4. Rick Santorum (1,689 votes)
  5. Herman Cain (1,520 votes)
  6. Thaddeus McCotter (35 votes)
  7. Rick Perry* (718 votes)
  8. Mitt Romney* (567 votes)
  9. Newt Gingrich* (385 votes)
  10. Jon Huntsman* (69 votes)

Michelle Bachman won.  But Ron Paul was a close second.  One is a Reagan conservative.  The other is a libertarian.  There are similarities between these positions.  Both believe in a solid, anti-Keynesian monetary policy.  And there are differences.  Such as the use of military power.  Paul is okay with Iran getting nuclear weapons and wouldn’t use the military to prevent this from happening.  Bachman is not and would use the military.  With Iran being one of the major sponsors of terrorism, the people may side with Bachman on this one as the primaries unfold.  It will be interesting to watch how this develops.

History has Shown the Iowa Straw Poll is not the Strongest of Indicators

So is Bachman now the Republican frontrunner?  Perhaps in Iowa.  But history has shown the Iowa straw poll is not the strongest of indicators (see Bachmann triumphs at Iowa straw poll as Perry joins Republican presidential race by Mike Glover and Philip Elliott, Associated Press, posted 8/13/2011 on the Toronto Star).

The straw poll has a mixed record of predicting the outcome of the precinct caucuses.

In 2008, Romney won the straw poll, but the big news was the surprising second-place showing of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Huckabee won the Iowa caucuses, but dropped from the race soon after. Sen. John McCain, who eventually won the nomination, didn’t compete in the straw poll and finished in 10th place.

So the straw poll probably doesn’t mean a whole lot. Other than who had the best food and entertainment in their tents.  Perhaps this is why Romney didn’t participate this year.  Because winning didn’t help him last time.

Maureen Dowd apparently doesn’t like Mitt Romney or Corporations

And speaking of Mitt Romney, Maureen Dowd wrote a slam piece on him in today’s New York Times (see Power to the Corporation! By Maureen Dowd posted 8/13/2011 on The New York Times).

At the fair, Romney — whose net worth is between $190 million and $250 million — once again went manly by flipping a pork chop on a grill and facing down hecklers worried about cuts in Social Security. When a man in the audience yelled that corporations should be taxed more, Romney replied, “Corporations are people, my friend…”

Of the corporation, by the corporation, for the corporation. We the corporation. Corporations who need corporations are the luckiest corporations in the world. Power to the corporation!

Interesting this hostility to corporations.  For she works for a corporation.  The New York Times Company.  In fact she’s one of those ‘people’ Romney referred to.  Those are people who work for corporations.  Those are people who manage corporations.  Those are people who own the stocks of corporation.  And corporations make things for the people.  Like The New York Times publishes a newspaper for the people.  I mean, without corporations, there’d be a lot less stuff in the world.  A whole lot fewer jobs.  And a lot less pay for Maureen Dowd.  Guess she just doesn’t understand how business works.

Obama takes a Page from the Sarah Palin Handbook and goes on his own Bus Tour

And here’s someone else who doesn’t know how business works.  President Obama.  After some two and a half years in the White House he doesn’t have much to show after making jobs job one.  Remember that laser-like focus on jobs?  Well he failed miserably.  The economy is in the toilet.  So he is going on a bus tour (ala Sarah Palin) of states important for his reelection.  Where he is losing popularity.  From Independents.  And even from those on the Left (see Obama sets sights on rural America to talk jobs by Ken Thomas, Associated Press, posted 8/13/2011 on The Washington Times).

Yet Obama also finds himself under pressure from the left to generate jobs and raise taxes on the wealthy.

Most Democrats, said MoveOn.org’s Justin Ruben, “have not been offering a clear prescription for actually getting the economy moving.”

Obama told workers in Michigan that he plans to roll out more economic plans “that will help businesses hire and put people back to work.” That’s an approach Democrats hope will set the tone for next year’s election in the Midwest and beyond.

More economic plans?  You mean like all you did these past two and half years, Mr. President?  Shutting down the oil industry and pouring money into green energy?  To subsidize cars people don’t want to buy and aren’t buying?  More stimulus for ‘shovel ready’ jobs?  When that last stimulus was approximately 88% pork and earmarks?  And your signature accomplishment?  Obamacare?  That pushed spending in the next decade so high that S&P downgraded our credit rating?  Gee, thanks but no thanks.  We’d rather weather this without any more help from you thank you very much.

The Only Thing Important now is the 2012 Election

Everyone is focused on the 2012 election.  The Republican presidential candidates.  And the president.  Who has apparently fixed all of the nation’s problems that he can take a leisurely bus ride through the Midwest.  And why not?  It’s not like there’s any pressing business back in Washington.

No, everything is super fine.  The only thing important now is the 2012 election.  So it’s time to go out there and get some pats on the back.  And tell everyone how he’s going to make things even better.  The best is yet to come.  And you don’t want to miss the second act.  So remember to vote for me.  Especially if you want more of the same.  Oh, and anything you’re not happy with?  It’s George W. Bush‘s fault.

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