Democrats’ “Extreme Aims” in Iowa

posted at 1:25 pm on August 8, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Republican presidential candidates have been stumping in the state of Iowa for weeks, but, six days before the Ames Straw Poll, Democrats have decided to make an entrance to the scene, as well:

The Democratic National Committee announced Monday morning that it’s launching a campaign to define the Republican presidential candidates as extremists trying to please “the far right Tea Party wing of their party and they are following the extreme agenda of Congressional Republicans instead of leading.”

As part of the push, the DNC is putting up a web video titled “Extreme Aims: Wrong for Seniors. Wrong for the Middle Class.” The party committee says to make its case it will put up a website that profiles the records of each GOP candidate. The DNC also promises an “innovative” Twitter campaign and events on the ground in Iowa throughout the week.

And DNC campaign materials won’t be the only Democratic presence in the Hawkeye State:

And President Obama himself will visit Iowa on Monday as the first stop on his bus tour of the Midwest, a tour that’s being billed as official White House business, but carries clearly political overtones.

It amounts to a concerted effort by Democrats to prevent the crop of Republican candidates from dominating the news cycle this week, and the attention of voters in a state that will be hotly contested in the general election. A Mason-Dixon poll earlier this month had Obama losing to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), the arguable frontrunner for Iowa’s caucuses.

That the DNC chose to make the “extremity” of the GOP candidates’ position its focus is interesting. After all, to anyone steeped in the reality of what faces entitlement programs if no reform is attempted (i.e. they go bankrupt) and to anyone aware of the reality of the debt ceiling debate (i.e. Democrats presented no real alternative to Republican plans), the DNC’s approach just seems off and, well, a little too obvious:

The video clearly aims to capitalize on low congressional approval rates and a supposedly waning perception of the Tea Party, but Iowa — a state that has received what amounts to a substantive education in the Republican candidates’ views — is the wrong place to attempt that (i.e. Iowans won’t fall for it, at least not right now).

Overall, like the obnoxious Tea Party “terrorist” comments, the Democrats’ launch of a weeklong blitz in Iowa betrays their panic at growing conservative momentum.


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Scorched Earth meet GOP field for 2012!

PappyD61 on August 8, 2011 at 1:28 PM

they are losing, good luck “fringe” lefties cause thats all will have in 2012.

rob verdi on August 8, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Make promises you can’t keep and then attack others for pointing it out. Sounds like a typical Democrat plan.

forest on August 8, 2011 at 1:30 PM

That video is laughable.

Mord on August 8, 2011 at 1:31 PM

The middle class is the VICTIM of the Democratic Party.

ajacksonian on August 8, 2011 at 1:33 PM

If common sense and fiscal discipline are extreme, then I’m proud to be called an extremist.

UltimateBob on August 8, 2011 at 1:34 PM

When the facts are on your side, hammer the facts. If they’re not – just try to baffle them with bullshit.

GarandFan on August 8, 2011 at 1:35 PM

As I’ve said over and over, Leftism is a religion of cowards. That’s why leftists come to this site and do nothing but throw up red herrings in efforts to derail threads. That’s why leftists are going to Iowa, to do nothing but jump up and down like monkeys, throwing their poo.

The religion of leftism has nothing left to be FOR, in the 21st century.

MNHawk on August 8, 2011 at 1:35 PM

The middle class is the VICTIM of the Democratic Party.

ajacksonian on August 8, 2011 at 1:33 PM

What’s left of it, that is.

Instead of two cars, a house and a garage, the standard is now less than two people on Food Stamps.

mankai on August 8, 2011 at 1:36 PM

As I’ve said over and over, Leftism is a religion of cowards. That’s why leftists come to this site and do nothing but throw up red herrings in efforts to derail threads. That’s why leftists are going to Iowa, to do nothing but jump up and down like monkeys, throwing their poo.

The religion of leftism has nothing left to be FOR, in the 21st century.

MNHawk on August 8, 2011 at 1:35 PM

But what about Halliburton!

mankai on August 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Damn taxpayers…always getting involved in politics, where they don’t belong.

RBMN on August 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

they are following the extreme agenda of Congressional Republicans instead of leading.

This from the party who’s frikkin’ PRESIDENT has yet to show any leadership skill in nearly three years.

crazy_legs on August 8, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Make promises you can’t keep and then attack others for pointing it out. Sounds like a typical Democrat plan.

forest on August 8, 2011 at 1:30 PM

This x1000. Oh and add “Media never questions promises made” to the mix.

search4truth on August 8, 2011 at 1:42 PM

They labeled us Extreme© in 2010 too.

How’d that work out for them?

juliesa on August 8, 2011 at 1:42 PM

History question :-

Who is the only US President to oversee the first credit downgrade of America in history?

antisocial on August 8, 2011 at 1:43 PM

What is The Democratic National Socialist Committee’s position?

We’re going to bankrupt the nation no matter what?

Chip on August 8, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Charles Krautheimer was right: 2012 will be the nastiest Presidential campaign in the last 100 years. Obama will spend a billion dollars trying to disparage the GOP nominee.

RedSoxNation on August 8, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Umm.. I know quite a few family/friends from Iowa who ARE Tea Parties, I think it’s going to BOMB on them.. Losers.

reshas1 on August 8, 2011 at 1:45 PM

I hope that folks understand, little Bammie’s ‘bus’ will be flown from airport to airport in a huge Air Force cargo plane, and only driven from the airport to the site of his fundraiser. I’d hardly call it a ‘bus tour’. More like a ‘bus prop’.

slickwillie2001 on August 8, 2011 at 1:48 PM

History question :-

Who is the only US President to oversee the first credit downgrade of America in history?

antisocial on August 8, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Redheaded girl in the class frantically raises her hand: President Barack [Downgrade] Obama!

Chip on August 8, 2011 at 1:49 PM

The Rs have handled this stupidly I think. They’ve played (as usual) straight into the Left’s game.

Step 1. Barry spends 1.4T more than we take in. Increases Discretionary speeding by a huge amount. Keeps writing checks to Freddie/Fannie to bailout them out. Probably still spending money on the “stimulus bill”

Step 2. Slow down revenues by stopping off shore drilling, scaring the living crap out of all businesses, using EPA to threaten utilities and States. Fear pervades the country

Step 3. Rs say we need entitlement reform because of cost considerations…and try to be the “hero”.

the annual deficit is not caused by SS/Medicare. I’m sorry, it is not. It is a problem. Yes. But Rs do no good if they blow themselves up.

r keller on August 8, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Guffaw. That ad is pathetic and I hope they waste a lot of donor cash running it(Romney, Huntsman, Pawlenty are “extremists”?!). But should anyone fear they will leave a mark, we can always counter with ads juxtaposing Obama with Rev. Wright, Domestic terrorists Bill Ayers & Bernadine Dohrn, calling for energy prices to necessarily skyrocket, saying at some point you’ve made enough money, talking about how we can’t afford to give seniors hip replacements, yadda yadda yadda. We can do this cause John “civility” McCain isn’t running this time around.

Buy Danish on August 8, 2011 at 1:51 PM

When I see Huntsman, the first word that pops into my head “EXTREMIST”.

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mankai on August 8, 2011 at 2:02 PM

What is amazing is that Republicans apparently don’t have parents or children, and they never get sick.
So we don’t care about the elderly, since we don’t have any in our family or church’s…and we don’t want to educate children, because we don’t have any in our family or church…and we don’t need medical care because we are never in need of a doctor.
Yeah, the dnc makes perfect sense…kill off the seniors, dumb down the kids, and get rid of doctors.
They forgot one thing…we also want to poison all of the water, because we don’t drink water or fish.

right2bright on August 8, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Inevitable: ads targeting Generic Republican.

Good luck with that.

ElectricPhase on August 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM

The DJIA will below 10000 before Obama hits the ground in Iowa. That is if the SS lets him out in public after the Dow drops that much.

meci on August 8, 2011 at 2:32 PM

I’m feeling better
About the Republicans
After that ‘Rat ad…

Haiku Guy on August 8, 2011 at 2:48 PM

S&P downgrades the U.S. Obama has nothing new to add, or bring to the table. Same b.s., different day. Late to the party, late to start, late to lead. And now they think people still don’t see thru them?

Obviously there are still idiots out there. We’ve met them here. But c’mon. I don’t think a majority of this country is going to fall for it a 2nd time. At least that’s the change I’m hoping for.

capejasmine on August 8, 2011 at 2:54 PM

The content of the ad aside… jeez, what terrible production values. Maybe teh DNC needs to try to hire some of the very talented people at teh NRSC.

JohnGalt23 on August 8, 2011 at 3:30 PM

They are not looking to raise their image, only lower the GOP’s. Look at Rasmussen Congressional preference. The D numbers are not up but the GOP numbers are down. The “terrorist” and “extreme” claims are working at least short term.

The idea that the T-Party after 7 months in office is now responsible for economic problems years in the making and should be voted out of office is like Lois Lane after falling off a building threatening to charge Superman for assault if he tries to catch her and then blames him for her falling off the building in the first place.

KW64 on August 8, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Obama has virtually no realistic chance of a turnaround, given the huge stock sell off. Unemployment is guaranteed to be very high by election day, 2012. I’d guess his chance is less than 10%, with the developments of the last two weeks.

BillCarson on August 8, 2011 at 5:29 PM

I’d watch the video, but I’d rather use the time to scratch myself. That’s more productive than anything from the left.

madmonkphotog on August 8, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Iowa is known to HATE attack ads. We get so many political ads here, the attack ads backfire here. The more they show mud slinging ads, the more Iowans are against them. This is not our first rodeo. Iowans know when they attack the Tea Party they are attacking Iowans. R’s D’s and I’s in Iowa are more Conservative then most R’s in blue states. That is why Mitt is not bothering with us. Keep attacking us D’s, you deserve to lose more voters in Iowa.

IowaWoman on August 8, 2011 at 6:51 PM

forest on August 8, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Grunt on August 8, 2011 at 9:28 PM