Everything old is new again

As you've probably heard, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was in Des Moines Saturday to raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (minimum donation $2,500). She also tacked on a public event to discuss stimulus spending on education in Iowa.

The occasion gave us a glimpse of cutting-edge Republican strategery.

First, there was the obligatory cheap shot comment to the press:

Republican Party of Iowa Executive Director Jeff Boeyink said he's surprised any Iowa congressional Democrats would want to appear with her. [...]

"We don't think her values are Iowa values," Boeyink said.

True to state party chairman Matt Strawn's promise to get the Republican message out using social media, the Iowa GOP highlighted the report with Boeyink's quote on their Twitter feed.

Trouble is, Democrats still have a wide lead on the generic Congressional ballot. Since Iowa votes fairly closely to the national average, I'll bet the Republican House leadership is more out of touch with Iowa values than Pelosi.

On Saturday, GOP chairman Strawn claimed Pelosi is for a "national energy tax", which would have a "devastating impact" on farmers. Not surprisingly, this sound bite doesn't reflect the content of the American Clean Energy and Security Act. (Click here for detailed bullet points on the draft bill to address climate change.) But who cares, if scare-mongering about tax hikes can lead Iowa Republicans out of the wilderness?

Meanwhile, the National Republican Congressional Committee paid for robocalls bashing Pelosi in the three Democratic-held Congressional districts in Iowa. Scroll to the bottom of this post at Iowa Defense Alliance to listen to all three versions of the call. Or, you can read the transcript that Blog for Iowa's Trish Nelson posted after receiving the Loebsack version on Friday night. Its warnings about taxes, Pelosi's "liberal agenda" and "San Francisco values" give it a "back to the future" flavor.

Wake me up when the Party of No comes up with some message that's not 25 years old.

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