Dem's Looking Everywhere for an Idea
One is Nancy Pelosi introducing a House Resolution decrying the "culture of corruption" surrounding the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit. Democrats have hated the idea of this benefit since it's inception for two reasons, one is that drug companies are going to make money from it. Secondly, it's a hand out program that originated with the GOP, and they can't have that happening, it makes them look like they care about Seniors.
The second is the DNC's commission on Primary Elections trying to change the calendar for primaries, adding votes between Iowa and New Hampshire, and generally front loading the primary schedule.
This one is pretty easy to figure out. In 2004 Bush had months between the time he wrapped the nomination and the conventions, and he was able to beat on the Democratic party as a whole. The Dem's on the other hand, were fighting amongst themselves, and losing ground in polls.
By front loading primaries they hope to have the nominee figured out early, or at least eliminate the wannabes, so they can aim more at the GOP and less at each other in the summer.
The folks in Iowa and New Hampshire are balking at this. For decades they have been the primary standards, and "places to be", we already have possible candidates for '08 making visits to them. Those two small states don't want to lose the prestige they've gained in the current primary calendar.
One other place, unexpected, that the Dem's are going to get help from is the GOP, who is making a flag waving video for them. (h/t to the Hooah Wife! for finding this.)
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