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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.

Bob

January 30, 2008

Kucinich Out, Edwards Out: What Next?

The withdrawal of Dennis Kucinich, followed by today’s announcement of Edwards’ “suspension” of his campaign, forces progressives to assess our diminishing options in the Democratic presidential race. We have choices to make as individuals, and PDH has a choice to make as an organization. And the imperatives may not be the same.

So let me talk about the options facing PDH. Given my sense of opinion within our group, I can see 3 possible options: (more…)

January 10, 2008

Who is the most progressive presidential candidate?

OK, here’s this to ponder, from Progressive Punch, listed in descending order by their Progressive Score:

Senator Clinton    91.29    16/100
Senator Obama      88.76    24/100
Rep. Kucinich      87.42   121/432
Senator Dodd       86.57    28/100
Senator Biden      84.26    31/100

Ha! You didn’t know that both Obama and Clinton were more progressive than Kooch? Of course, the mix of House data is different from Senate issues, but I think these ratings will surprise many.

The big problem with Clinton’s score, for me, is in the categories of

War & Peace (17 subcategories)                                    80.30      39/100(T), and
Human Rights & Civil Liberties (9 subcategories)      82.22      30/ 99(T)

Those two scores really bug me, and are not at all in progressive territory.

Bob

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