Thursday, March 09, 2006

Go, Molly, go!

Molly Ivins on the D.C. Dems:

"I don’t know about you, but I have had it with the D.C. Democrats, had it with the DLC Democrats, had it with every calculating, equivocating, triangulating, straddling, hair-splitting son of a bitch up there, and that includes Hillary Rodham Clinton."

"I can’t see a damn soul in D.C. except Russ Feingold who is even worth considering for President. The rest of them seem to me so poisonously in hock to this system of legalized bribery they can’t even see straight."

"As usual, the Democrats have forty good issues on their side and want to run on thirty-nine of them. Here are three they should stick to:

1) Iraq is making terrorism worse; it’s a breeding ground. We need to extricate ourselves as soon as possible. We are not helping the Iraqis by staying.

2) Full public financing of campaigns so as to drive the moneylenders from the halls of Washington.

3) Single-payer health insurance."


Ivins just summed up Jonathan Tasini's platform in a nutshell. Tasini is challenging Clinton in the Democratic Senate primary. His positions on the issues--like war (anti), money-corrupted politics (anti), jobs (pro), and universal health care (pro), to list just a few--are much closer to those of ordinary New Yorkers (and other Americans) than Clinton's are.

On the other hand, Clinton has name recognition and celebrity status, she has vast amounts of campaign cash and corporate backing (aka "poisonously in hock to this system of legalized bribery") and, allegedly, "she has the left in her back pocket."

In other words, Clinton is a shoo-in, for all the wrong reasons.

So here's hoping she's unseated by Tasini. New Yorkers would get a senator far more dedicated to serving their interests, and Clinton's presidential aspirations would likely get snuffed as well.

So I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one.

2 Comments:

Blogger Democracy Lover said...

Excellent Post! Tasini is far better for NY than HC and the greatest gift New York could give to the Democratic Party and the nation would be to defeat Hillary Clinton this November.

When will Americans wake up? If you are regularly seeing a candidate's ads on TV, that candidate does not have your best interests at heart - he/she is beholden to the same corporate special interests that are corrupting our nation and killing our democracy. Don't vote for anyone who can afford ads on TV!

10:18 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger Jean said...

Rosa Brooks at the LA Times penned an indictment of the pathetic Dems a day after Ivins. Read it here:

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-brooks10mar10,0,4072864,print.column?coll=la-home-headlines


Or here, via Informed Dissent, which is how I stumbled across it (an excellent blog, by the way):
http://informeddissent.org/2006/03/progressives-and-republicans-agree.html

8:55 AM, March 11, 2006  

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