ABC Speculates New Clark Book May Be A Vehicle For A 2008 Run

ABC News' Teddy Davis reports that a new book by Wesley Clark may be a vehicle for a 2008 presidential run. yId=33

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Hillary's Dinkins Dilemma

A little New York History....

In 1989, Ed Koch had been the mayor of new york for 12 years and was seeking re-election. He faced a difficult strategic dilemma. Koch was challenged in the Democratic primary by the popular African-American candidate David Dinkins, who had rallied liberal support. Koch also faced a serious general election threat in Republican prosecutor Rudy Giuliani. Koch's problem was this: if he attacked Dinkins, he could win the primary, but in doing so he would so alienate African-Americans that he would have no hope against Giuliani. If he didn't attack Dinkins, there was a very real possibility that he would be denied re-nomination. Koch (probably correctly) decided to take his chances by not attacking Dinkins, and lost the primary. Dinkins went on to become the first African-American Mayor of New York City.

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The lessons of Ned Lamont

(cross-posted at Daily Kos)

Over at MyDD, there's a little discussion going on about the merits of having a primary challenge against Senator Max Baucus (D-MT). It's been noted that he's no friend to Democrats on many domestic issues. You know it's bad when even The New Republic thinks that Baucus is a sellout:

If you look closely enough at recent domestic policy debacles, you'll invariably see his fingerprints. Facing George W. Bush's massive tax-cut proposal in 2001, Baucus undermined the Senate Democrats' strategy of forcing concessions by maintaining a united front. In private negotiations with his GOP counterpart, Chuck Grassley, Baucus produced a bill that handed the White House virtually all of its top priorities. Afterward, he boasted that he'd done Democrats a favor, since they "would have been in trouble in 2002 just saying no to every one of the president's proposals." We shudder to think what might have happened had the Democrats been labeled "obstructionist."

Then there was the 2003 Medicare debate. Baucus, true to his method, agreed to a set of procedural conditions that undermined Democratic unity and preordained a disastrous outcome. Then he used the little authority he retained to--how to put it?--give away the store. In addition to agreeing to Health Savings Accounts--a gambit that he had once condemned as irresponsible--Baucus assented to a provision preventing Medicare from negotiating discounts with pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Baucus and his defenders--alternately known as his press office--make two arguments on his behalf. The first is that Baucus is simply doing what he needs to do to get reelected. (This argument usually masquerades behind the mantra of doing what's best for the "people of Montana.") But, unless the way to get ahead in Montana is to insist on overcharging Medicare patients by billions of dollars, the senator has been going far above and beyond the call of duty.

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Retire The Worst Republican Members Of Congress

Retire The Worst Republican Members Of Congress

There are still some of the worst Republican members of Congress in power. Democrats and independents along with reform minded Republicans need to retire these bad politicians in the 2008 elections. The time to start is today.

These Republican Congresspersons are closely tied to large corporations and vote routinely against the interests of their constituents. Because they are really representing giant drug companies, Big Oil and international corporations, their Democratic challengers are heavily outspent. We have 2 years in which to raise money from other places in the nation to help even the playing field in these races.

Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee and Virginia Foxx of North Carolina are two truly nasty pieces of work politically. When the public started demanding government action over oil industry price-gouging, Blackburn and Foxx rallied with other oil money soaked Republican Right Wing members of Congress to block any legislative action. They crusaded against wind-fall profit taxes on the excessive profits of Big Oil.

Both Blackburn and Foxx are solidly in favor of outsourcing of good paying American jobs and our manufacturing base to third world countries. They care about corporate profits more than workers in their Districts or the national security of the American nation. Blackburn and Foxx do not seem to care that America is losing the manufacturing base required to protect our nation and way of life. They routinely have opposed good labor laws and higher minimum wages. They are anti-worker.

They are not friends of the environment. Pollution seems fine with these Congresswomen as long as the huge campaign contributions from polluters keep arriving. They are opposed to universal national healthcare since the "for profit" healthcare and drug companies are mailing huge checks. They strongly support anti-consumer legislation and draconian bankruptcy laws since the corporate campaign money keeps piling up. The bankruptcy laws they support favor giant corporations seeking bankruptcy protection over small businesses and consumers.

Blackburn and Foxx helped shift the federal tax burden from the wealthiest of the wealthy to middle-class and working class Americans. Both are among the members of Congress most responsible for the runaway national debt and federal budget deficits.

Blackburn and Foxx are strong supporters of Bush's Iraq disaster. They are supportive of Bush's attacks on our Constitutional rights and freedoms. There are no bigger enemies of real campaign finance reform or tighter ethics in Congress than Blackburn and Foxx!

In summary, Marsha Blackburn and Virginia Foxx must go. We cannot keep such awful politicians in power. I am urging the Tennessee Democratic Party, the North Carolina Democratic Party, the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and allied organizations to target these two Districts. I urge labor unions, environmentalists, consumer rights groups, small business organizations, civil liberties advocates, veterans groups, reformers of all strips and average voters to work together to retire Blackburn and Foxx in 2008.

Written by Stephen Crockett (co-host of Democratic Talk Radio .) Mail: P.O. Box 283, Earleville, Maryland 21919. Email: . Phone: 443-907-2367.

Feel free to publish without prior approval free of charge.

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Harry Reid vs. John Ensign, Round Two, in 2008

Democrats taking over senate control sets up an intriguing rematch, of sorts, in 2008.

I'm not sure it's well known that John Ensign of Nevada is slated to be chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, meaning he'll be in charge of raising cash, recruiting candidates, and in general directed to reclaim the senate.

That puts Ensign head up against Reid, trying to oust Reid as majority leader. The two faced each other in 1998, a stride for stride race with incumbent Reid holding on by roughly 400 votes, including a long statewide hand recount, paid for by the GOP before punch card recounts were equal protection atrocity.

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