Archive for October, 2010

What Will Jerry Do?

Posted on October 29, 2010 by

Polls show Jerry Brown pulling away so it looks like California voters won’t be forcing Meg Whitman down our throats. Coping with loud-mouthed congressional republicans will be hard enough. Jerry deserves credit for overcoming Meg’s megabucks but I really take my hat off to the state’s electorate for rejecting Whitman’s right wing blather and not [...]

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The Divided Self

Posted on October 23, 2010 by

How am I preparing for the likely conservative surge? First, I contain my impulse to blame tepid democrats, vicious republicans, a compromise-crazed president and ignorant voters. Second, I apply lessons learned as a political and union activist, namely that sometimes circumstances and conditions – in this case the economy – are just not going our [...]

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A Little Help from my Friends

Posted on October 16, 2010 by

Though I’m committed to keeping my mouth shut until the votes are in on November 2, I can’t hold back all my frustration and disappointment. Of course I endorse the notion that, as democrats, this is the time to close ranks to reduce the damage. So I’ve been asking my friends to help me tolerate [...]

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Self-Interest and Politics

Posted on October 8, 2010 by

Barack Obama hired Rahm Emanuel and it was up to the president whether to take his advice.  Apparently Emanuel’s influence was illiberal and compromising but how to play the first two years was Obama’s call. Nevertheless I find it unseemly that Rahm is jumping into Chicago’s mayor’s race at the very moment the white house agenda is [...]

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Class Connections

Posted on October 1, 2010 by

Mainstream democrats don’t like the term “working class” because it leaves them vulnerable to the charge that they’re waging “class warfare.” They’re more comfortable when they connect “class” to “middle.” Conservative populists seem interested in reviving the term.  A tea party candidate with working class roots – republican senate hopeful Christine O’Donnell of Delaware, for [...]

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