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November 20, 2008

Should Kucinich succeed Waxman on Oversight Committee?

Filed under: Dennis Kucinich,General,National Politics — Tags: , , — BobSchacht @ 2:02 pm

The Blogger known as “EmptyWheel,” who wrote the book on Scooter Libby and live-blogged his trial more effectively than anyone else, has made an interesting proposal, now that Henry Waxman seems headed over to chair the Commerce committee in place of Dingell. That is, she is proposing Kucinich to head the U.S. House Oversight  committee.  Kucinich would certainly be interesting as chair, although, as EW writes in her blog, he’d have to learn how to manage Rep. Issa as Republican Minority leader, which can be a major challenge in itself.

As an alternative to Kucinich, she is proposing Rep. Elijah Cummings. Going by seniority alone, the senior member on Oversight, after Waxman, is Edolphous Towns.  Um, yes, I don’t know anything about him either,  and neither does EW.

Wouldn’t it be fun to see Dennis with a gavel? Kucinich has a strong following here in the Isles, so perhaps some messages to Abercrombie and/or Hirono might help.


November 3, 2008

Obama’s Grandmother dies of Cancer

Filed under: HI Politics — Tags: , — BobSchacht @ 1:30 pm

The national blogosphere is abuzz with the news of the death of Obama’s grandmother, known as “Toot,” which apparently is how Obama shortened the Hawaiian “Tutu”. There have been leading posts on the event at DailyKos (with a number of other diaries on the subject as well), MyDD, FireDogLake, and other progressive blogs.

The Huffington Post also has a relatively long AP article,  Obama’s Grandmother Dies At Age 86, by Herbert Sample. This article includes 8 historic photos, most of which I had not seen elsewhere.

When Obama visited his Grandmother a week or so ago, the newspaper accounts only said that she was back from the hospital after breaking her hip, but the news today was that she died of cancer.  Obama’s mother died of cancer, as well.  Obama looked grim on this last trip, so I’m supposing that he knew how gravely ill his ‘Toot” was. I’m so glad that he got back in time to say thanks again, and goodbye.

We all owe Madelyn Payne Dunham a debt of gratitude for raising a President for the Twenty-First Century– assuming that he is elected. If so, ISTM he will be the first real 21st Century President that we’ve had. I don’t think George the Pretender counts. In any case, he governed (I use the word loosely) with a 20th century mindset.


If They Steal the Election this Time…

Filed under: HI Politics — Bart @ 12:56 pm

“Don’t mourn! Organize!”

If they steal the election this time, we cannot become depressed, we must become resolute.

The polls are showing Obama with a good lead in both the nationwide polls and in the state-by-state analysis which focuses on electoral votes.

What is not yet known will be how successful the Republican voter suppression tactics will be this year. In its simplest terms, if Obama is ahead 5% in the polls, will the Republicans be able to suppress over 5% of the vote and steal the election (again)? (more…)

Sen. Inouye Stands By His Man

Filed under: HI Politics,National Politics — Tags: , , — BobSchacht @ 8:36 am

Sen. Stevens (R-Alaska) has this announcement on his website:

Senator Inouye Assures Alaskans Senator Stevens Will Keep Senate Seat During Legal Process

Former AG Cole says verdict against Stevens will likely be overturned

Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii), a 42-year veteran of the Senate and a revered Democrat in Congress, today told Alaskans that Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) will retain his Senate seat while the legal process moves forward. Senator Inouye also echoed the sentiment of legal scholars across the United States saying that Senator Stevens will be vindicated through an appeal.

“As the Senate has done in every other instance in its long 220-year history, I am absolutely confident that Ted Stevens will be sworn into the Senate while he appeals this unjust verdict,” said Senator Inouye. “I am certain that this decision in Washington, D.C., will be overturned on appeal.”

As twolf1 points out over at FireDogLake, however, Majority Leader Harry Reid has a different view:

“While I respect the opinion of Senator Daniel Inouye, the reality is that a convicted felon is not going to be able to serve in the United States Senate. And as precedent shows us, Senator Stevens will face an Ethics Committee investigation and expulsion, regardless of his appeals process. This is not a partisan issue and it is unfortunate that Senator Stevens has used his longtime friendship with Senator Inouye for partisan political gain.”

Of course, Stevens is running for re-election, and tomorrow the voters will voice their opinion.


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