The Future Now

· 2006 Election, Edgewise, Paleoblogs

I love the headline up on msnbc.com right now:
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Doesn’t this look just like one of those fantasy headlines of some more perfect world? You know — the kind we daydream about while listening to Nancy Grace drone on about the latest unsolved horror…?
This one could only be better if the headline made mention of the fact that this change is the Democrats doing, instead of lightly dusting the credit over some implied magical bipartisan force (oh, if only….).
We’re off to a good start. At the risk of being greedy, here’s what I’d like to see next:
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the golden grate

· 2006 Election, Edgewise, Paleoblogs

Talk about diversity…here in the golden state we’ve managed to reach new heights of mixedness, all-over-the-mapness, and plain ol’ voter confusion as the results of the Caulifornia mid-term and governatorious elections illuminate the collective mind of the Left Coasters. We voted for a Republican Hollywood muscleman who lifted himself out of the political toilet by hiring Democratic advisors and putting a “bread and circuses” bond initiative on the ballot. We voted for the bread, circuses and $50+ billion in bond indebitness while rejecting modest tax increases to pay for schools, health care, and road repair. We almost voted to tax ourselves hugely by demanding that the state pay for any land taken by eminent domain – but wised up at the last minute. We booted a Stetson-wearing environment-bashing Republican Rep, Pombo, and replaced him with an alternative energy geek Democrat, McNerney, but then turned around and rejected an alternative-energy research support bond and an environmental tax on Big Oil. We just barely rejected a requirement for young women to get parental permission for an abortion – while we become the first state to be represented by the first female Speaker of the House in US history. We are the first state to ban smoking in all public places but can’t bring ourselves to slap a health tax on the Tobacco Industry (could we have gotten it mixed up the “The Death Tax”?). Oh, and we rejected the most promising method of campaign reform ever – public campaign financing provided by a 2 cent tax on corporations. I guess we’d rather let the Indian Gaming Industry pay for elections….
we gotta love us.

Congratulations, Jerry McNerney and staff!

· 2006 Election, Edgewise, Paleoblogs

Victory is sweet. While other Democratic politicians in the state of California were making nice to Schwarzenegger, abandoning Angelides and risking the rest of the state ticket, an army of grassroots supporters, many of them veterans of the Dean insurgency, backed McNerney early and worked their hearts out to get him elected, upsetting the complacent Pombo in his gerrymandered safe seat.
The party thought it was too much of a longshot but we persevered. I remember the meetings after Dean went down when we asked each other, “What next?” Nearly all of us said this was just the beginning. We had never expected one campaign to change the country completely. We were in it for the long haul. Dean turned us into activists on a mission: change the party, change Congress, change the country, take back the presidency.
For one of those items at least: Mission Accomplished.

Great article on McNerney’s race to unseat Pombo in CA-11 from the UK Independent

· 2006 Election, Edgewise, Paleoblogs

The coverage in this article makes the McNerney-Pombo race seem like a bellwether.
To me, this is the money quote:
>He has put family members on his congressional payroll at salaries so high that two years ago they outstripped the entire campaign budget of his Democratic Party challenger. And now he is pushing to build a freeway which would require the state to purchase land from his family at a premium rate.
The man is corrupt. He thought his seat was safe. He’s phoning it in. Let’s throw him out.