January 04, 2009
Chill Out, People
In re: Caroline Kennedy and Roland Burris, Dracomicron has said it for me at MyDD. So go over there and read it. Brief excerpt:
What Iím saying is, we need to stop being such outrage addicts. This election season was the most dramatic in modern memory, and there was a lot of stuff that we got outraged over, both legitimate and specious... I get that it will take some time for us to chill the hell out, but we need to do it. Barack Obama needs a functional legislative branch that can work on tackling the huge challenges he faces right away, and whether an appointee can effectively and honestly work at implementing his agenda is a bigger concern to me than if an appointee was selected in the dying throes of a corrupt governorís career.
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at January 04, 2009 10:32 AM
If we (assuming the collective pronoun can apply to progressives) are going to be outraged about these Senate appointments, then we should be outraged that the governors are not choosing strong, experienced progressive candidates.
Here in New York, we have an excellent candidate in Jerrold Nadler who has a strong record of support for the working people in the House. Why overlook him and select a totally inexperienced individual with no political savvy? That would be stupid.
I would wager there are at least 2-3 strong progressives in the Illinois House delegation that could be great Senators and provide strong support for an Obama agenda.
The Democratic "leadership" wants solid DLC Democrats in the Senate to make sure that corporate interests are not threatened. Barring that, a well-meaning novice that can be co-opted will do just fine.
It is really not worth being exercised over appointments that are provided for by law. If the people of New York and Minnesota respectively empower the governor through their legislatures to make temporary appointments without calling a special election to fill Senate vacancies, then sometimes they won't get the appointee they like, but at least there will be continuity of representation.
and select a totally inexperienced individual with no political savvy? That would be stupid.
but popular & historical-like...