Excellent News from Out West-But Why the Sniping Against Urban Democrats?

First the good news, courtesy of the NY Times: “Look at these numbers,” said Gov. Brian Schweitzer, pointing to the annual Montana State University survey showing him with a job approval rating of 69 percent – 27 points higher than President Bush in Montana and 21 points above the Republican senator, Conrad Burns, who is up for re-election next year. “People seem to like what we’re doing.” “Across the vast inland sea of Republican red, in states like Kansas, Wyoming, Oklahoma and Arizona, other Democratic governors are soaring at the same high level of approval in the polls.” So Democrats can win in rural red states in the West. Now for the sniping: “It’s only when I get lumped in … Continue reading

Remembering Pearl Harbor – December 7, 1945 Vs. September 11, 2005: Infamous Comparisons

EDITOR’S NOTE: In commemorating Pearl Harbor Day, L.A. area writer Ed Rampell “compares where America stood four years after both the Pearl Harbor and 9/11 sneak attacks.” In his email submitting this post Ed says, “As a historian who co-wrote a book about Pearl Harbor, I have some unusual insights into these tragedies and uncovered some startling juxtapositions between then (1945) and now (2005).” December 7, 1945 Vs. September 11, 2005: Infamous Comparisons By Ed Rampell December 7th marks the 60th anniversary of Imperial Japan’s 1941 sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, which has often been likened to the 9/11 terrorist strikes. This past Sept. 11th was the fourth anniversary of Al-Qaeda’s airborne assaults on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, which … Continue reading

If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen

“If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen” — this quote has often been attributed to Harry Truman. Perhaps Democrats should be saying the same to Dennis Hasert. To make a long story short, Kerry turned the heat up on Hasert and Hasert didn’t like it. I don’t know about Hasert personally, but I’ve seen enough of Rove, Bush, Cheney, Chambliss, Lott and Co. to finally say it: These Republicans aren’t conservatives, they’re bullies. To paraphrase Richard Nixon, they’re not conservatives, the same thugs that have always terrorized the good people.” This is not the conservatism of Robert Taft, Ronald Reagan, or even Barry Goldwater. These are the bullies of the Joe McCarthy era updated for the … Continue reading

Review, Al Franken’s “The Truth (with jokes)”

Franken’s new book is not only a great read (as the writer of the foreward says, the book delivers on it’s title and subtitle) it is a concise and complete review of the Bush Administration’s unbelievable record. Several of us, and Bill Moyers, have said that the American public has reached a teachable moment. This is your textbook for those lessons. Continue reading

Three Cheers for the State of Illinois on Healthcare for Kids

During the 2004 campaign, John Kerry and other Democrats called it a national scandal that so many of this nation’s children were without health insurance. On Tuesday, the state of Illinois showed it was not only in agreement with Kerry/Edwards, but unlike our “esteemed” Congress in Washington, Illinois was determined to actually do something about it. As the New York Times reports: “Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich signed a measure on Tuesday intended to allow all children in Illinois, including those in working-class and middle-class families, to obtain health insurance. National experts on health care said the new law, which will offer discounts on premiums for those who qualify, was the broadest plan to insure children by any state.

Forget About Abortion, There’s A Much Greater Reason to Fear Justice Alito

Some liberals will be much tempted to make Judge Alito’s 1985 comments about abortion the linchpin of their opposition to Alito. Sure Alito should be asked about these comments, but if recent polls are any indication, we appear to be living in a “pro-choice” country. Sure some Dems are hurt by the fact that some people view Dems not as the pro-choice party, but as the “abortion on demand party” or a party that is viewed as having no tolerance for views on abortion that are to the right of radical feminists. Still, given public opinion and the Court’s reluctance to overturn Roe vs. Wade in the past (even after 3 Supreme Court appointments made by Reagan and Bush Sr. … Continue reading

It Appears Dems Have A Money Problem

I’m hoping this report from the WaPo is wrong, but I’ve got a bad feeling. Of course money can’t solve all the Dems problem, but it can’t hurt to have it on hand either — Democrats Losing Race for Funds Under Dean I’m not sure how much Dean can be blamed-if at all- for this situation. Hopefully this is just another case of Democrats getting into a circle for a firing squad rather than into a straight line. Well, there is no time like the present, to start fundraising for 2006.

How Dems Can Win a Majority Governors? Simple, Win on the Home Turf

Congratulations to all in New Jersey and Virginia. You fought hard, you stuck by progressive principles, you won and you deserve it. It was a good day to be a part of the party of the people. Still, one sad fact does remain: There are 28 GOP governors but only 22 Democrat ones. Of course there are reasons to think that Dem numbers will improve in this area. Still, I can’t help but notice that the reason for Dems being in the minority position on governors is not because we can’t appeal to red states: It’s that we can’t seem to appeal to blue ones.