Category Archives: Political and campaigny

September Primary Elections

Wow, what a night, and what a morning. Talking heads will have no end of items to chat about today. Are the tea baggers doing long-term damage to the Republicans? With empty suits like O’Connell winning in Delaware, one has to wonder. Likewise, are NYers really ready for Paladino?

Closer to home, the Maryland gubernatorial rematch between Ehrlich and O’Malley might be one of the better, and hopefully more civil general election battles.

Closer to home, Mayor Fenty losing his election will be national news, not to mention a case-study for years to come about how one can: have one hell of a mandate, win every precinct in the city, and have residents believe you a doing a good job – yet because do forget to do the basics, and some good old retail, you lose everything. People can handle an aggressive go-getter who rolls over the Council, but not if you don’t tell the base why. His evasive nature ended up being his undoing.

From WaPo: How Adrian Fenty lost his reelection bid for D.C. mayor.

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Health care

A critical mass seems to be building on the Hill in terms of passing health care reform. When the opponents (who would be your opponents no matter what) are buying page after page of ads in papers like Politico threatening Blue Dogs and other vulnerable Dems, then you must be doing something right.

Hopefully the Jameson and blush from St. Paddy’s Day emboldens the Dems to do the right thing and get health care passed. If not, they should all lose their seats.

Oh yeah, and hearing there’s a good score and that Kucinich is now whipping the bill on the floor is a great sign, may be some real cohesion forming to push this through.

I’ll again refer people to Bob Creamer’s column on HuffPo:  Top 10 Reasons Why Voting Yes on Health Care Reform Is Good Politics for Democrats