Saturday, November 18, 2006

50 State Bush (Dis)approval

50 State Bush (Dis)approval

Bush supporters must be hiding out in the mountains; Survey USA reports net positives for W in only Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. That's 12 electoral votes, 13 if you spot him western Nebraska. Iowa's right in the middle of the pack at a net -22%.

The Register looks at a meeting of Iowa's new Democratic majority congressional delegation of Harkin, Boswell, Braley and Loebsack.

Loebsack said he briefly talked about the war with the president.

"I did mention to him my desire to work with him," Loebsack said. "We didn't have much time to talk but I mentioned the war in Iraq." He said his wife, Terry, also told Bush about her son, a Marine captain and Naval Academy graduate who served in Iraq, and her daughter-in-law serving there now.

The last majority-Dem Iowa crew was Clark, Culver the elder, Smith, Harkin in the House, Bedell, and Blouin - back in `78. Ah, the regrets: Berkley Bedell was a winner in what's now Steve King territory but he got Lyme disease and retired in `86 when Gopher took the seat... Neal Smith lost the chairmanship he'd waited his whole career for and didn't have his heart in the race in `94... Dick Clark and John Culver got swamped by the waves of `78-`80 (as did Blouin) but were two of the best one term senators from any state ever.

I'm vacationing these next nine (!) days and will be on and off the grid. Holiday weeks, in any case, tend to be slow on the political news front but you never know.

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