Thursday, September 15, 2005

Another thought on Hoeven v. Conrad

I just want to add one more thing about that ridiculous "poll" the Republicans keep talking about.

Do you remember that is said that 27% of those surveyed were undecided? Are you kidding? Everyone in ND knows both Conrad and Hoeven. This is no way that in a real showdown between these two that 27% of the voters would be undecided.

I think the most important and reliable info from the article is what political scientist Philip Baumann said:

“In a campaign, Baumann predicts Conrad, the more experienced politician, would beat Hoeven, despite the governor’s high popularity. Hoeven, a former banker, was elected in 2000 with 55 percent of the vote and re-elected last year with 71 percent of the vote. ‘Hoeven’s never had to campaign in a serious race,’ Baumann said.”

Conrad is a proven independent leader for our state. He always puts ND first. Do we really know were Hoeven stands (on anything)?

Why is Hoeven so willing to be a puppet for Rove and this floundering administration?

Monday, September 12, 2005

Bush: "anything but an asset"

If Bush ratings lag among Virginia voters, one can guess that it could happen here with ND voters, too. Hoeven should think twice about tying himself to this President's poorly planned war in Iraq, his sky-high fuel prices and his irresponsible attack on Social Security.

The Washington Post reported that Bush has become "anything but an asset" for the man running for governor in Virginia. The Post conducted a poll that found that Bush is unlikely to provide an electoral boost to Republican Jerry Kilgore in the off-year gubernatorial election this fall in Virginia.

People in
North Dakota showed their loyalty to Bush by giving him a wide re-election result last year. But in a year when Bush was very popular, North Dakota also showed loyalty to Dorgan and Pomeroy. Hoeven should think carefully about that before he buys into Rove’s empty promises and a battle with Conrad.

At a time when the administration is losing popularity because of how they are handling the war, the inadequate response to Katrina, and the budget (with threats of deep cuts in AG programs, which are vital to our state’s economy), Bush and good ‘ole Rove may prove to be more of a liability than a boost to Hoeven.

Conrad has proven himself as a great independent leader for ND and cannot be attacked as a "liberal" or "knee-jerk" Democrat. In fact, Conrad's honest and open praise of the intelligence, humility and wit of Supreme Court nominee John Roberts won him a sound bashing by liberal special interest groups.

The bottom line is Conrad puts ND first and delivers. But where does Bush stand? We already know about Rove: He doesn’t do ND. Rove does politics.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

How will Rove's "house call" play into Hoeven's future?

In case you missed the front page of the Forum today, here’s a news flash: apparently, there might be a Hoeven v. Conrad ’06 Senate race.

As usual, Hoeven is mum about the issue. (Just like his position on social security).

The article says, “He really doesn’t have a comment,” and “He’s focused on the job he’s doing, and he’s not going to speculate on the future.”

Hmmm… that's interesting that Hoeven won't speculate on the future especially when Rove is making a “house call” this month.

It seems to me that while Hoeven is not talking about his personal political ambitions, the action of Rove’s “house call” speaks loud and clear.

Even if Hoeven won’t comment on this poll, we all know Rove will have comments for Hoeven on the 24th, and they won’t be “official business.”

Does Hoeven understand that Karl Rove doesn’t do ND? Karl Rove just does politics.

Is this what’s best for ND?