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With Hillary Clinton joining the Obama administration as Secretary of State, there has been growing anticipation about who will be her successor in the United States Senate.Â Rumors are that President-Elect Obama is quietly lobbying Governor Paterson to name Caroline Kennedy as Hillary’s replacement, despite an official statement from Obama’s spokesperson suggesting that the President-Elect has not been involved in the process and has not spoken with Paterson or Kennedy about the appointment.
Caroline Kennedy is a strong and distinguished woman who would be a perfect choice for the post.Â As an attorney and political activist Kennedy has shown her intelligence, grace, and capability as a public figure.Â She was a prominent supporter of President-Elect Obama and would make an excellent ally in the United States Senate.Â Furthermore, with Ted Kennedy likely serving out his final term in the Senate, the torch could be passed to the next generation of Kennedys in American politics, just as the political torch was passed to a new generation of leaders in the Democratic Party.
The 2008 election may be over, but one of Michigan’s Congressman can benefit from just a little more activism.Â Rep. John Dingell’s (D-Michigan) Chairmanship of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce is being challenged by Henry Waxman (D-California).Â Waxman’s challenge is likely to divide the Democratic Caucus at exactly the time when Democrats should be united around Barack Obama’s historic victory and the possibility of finally resolving some of the difficult challenges our nation faces.
Chairman Dingell’s continued leadership on the Committee is crucial to the state of Michigan.Â With President-Elect Obama and two new Democrats in our Congressional delegation, Michigan may finally have an opportunity at recovery and the removal of Dingell as Chair would be devasting to the potential for progress.Â As Dean of the House of Represenatives, John Dingell has the expertise, the knowledge, and the ability to help turn Michigan around.
So, while the election may be over, you can still do your part to protect one of Michigan’s Democratic Congressman – a huge asset to this state and this nation – by visiting the Michigan Democratic Party’s website and signing the petition (which will then send an email to Nancy Pelosi).Â Then make sure that you send it along to 5 friends when prompted.
You may also call Speaker Pelosi at (202) 225-0100 to encourage support for Chairman Dingell.
By flooding the Speaker’s office with calls and emails from Democrats, we can send a clear message that Chairman Dingell has the support of the American people – the same people who just delivered a clear mandate to Democrats in Washington.
Do Your Part – Get Involved!
Today, when a McCain aide leaked that the likely Republican nominee was ready to make his decision on a VP and was just waiting for the right time, I thought that the time was right for me to provide my own take on the likelihood of potential Veep candidates â€“ and then the reasons why each of them would be terrible choices for the country.
1. Mitt Romney â€“ The Chameleon (Massachusetts)
The favorite of Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh, Mitt Romney is the presumable pick. Republicans likely believe that Romney can help their chances in the crucial swing-state of Michigan, because his father, George Romney, was a popular, moderate Governor of that state in the 60s. Unfortunately for Republicans, the apple has fallen far from the tree. Mitt, who abandoned Michigan after college, would rightly remind voters of Dick DeVos, failed 2006 Mich. gubernatorial candidate.
Like DeVos, Romney made most of his multi-million dollar fortune by becoming a slick businessman, taking over businesses and laying off workers for cheap foreign labor. Unlike DeVos, however, Romney was successful in buying his way to the Massachusettsâ€™ Governorâ€™s mansion.
Romney is also a political chameleon, who changes positions on issues more frequently than George Bush mispronounces â€œnuclearâ€. The most prominent example of this was during Romneyâ€™s 1994 senate run against Ted Kennedy. Romney campaigned as more liberal than Kennedy, expressing his support for Roe v. Wade â€“ a popular position in liberal Massachusetts. However, during his 2008 campaign for President, Romney expressed his opposition to abortion â€“ a popular position among conservative primary voters. Romneyâ€™s position on abortion would most accurately be described as â€œmultiple choiceâ€ (credit to Kennedy). Romney brings new meaning to â€œflip-flopperâ€ as his positions change based more on which demographic he is speaking too, rather than real and credible information shifts.
Pros: Would bolster McCainâ€™s standing with people who enjoy having their jobs outsourced. Would make the record books as the first VP who stands for nothing and everything at the same time.
Cons: Does anyone remember the GOP debatesâ€¦these guys hated each other.
“Well, it’s an unimaginable honor to be the president during the Fourth of July of this country.Â It means what these words say, for starters.Â The great inalienable rights of our country.Â We’re blessed with such values in America.Â And I – it’s – I’m a proud man to be the nation based upon such wonderful values.”
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July 5/ July 6
“We want to restore honor and integrity to the White House.” – 2000 Campaign Refrain.
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“I mean, if you’ve ever been a governor of a state, you understand the vast potential of broadband technology, you understand how hard it is to make sure that physics, for example, is taught in every classroom in the state.Â It’s difficult to do.Â It’s, like, cost-prohibitive.Â – Washington, D.C., 2004.
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“Unfairly but truthfully, our party has been tagged as being against things.Â Anti-immigrant for example.Â And we’re not a party of anti-immigrants.Â Quite the opposite.Â We’re a party that welcomes people.” – Cleveland, Ohio – July, 2000.
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“There’s an old saying in Tennessee – I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee – that says, fool me once…shame on…shame on you.Â You fool me, you can’t get fooled again.” – Nashville, TN, Sept. 2002.
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“You’ve also got to measure in order to begin to effect change that’s just more – when there’s more than talk, there’s just actual – a paradigm shift.” – July 1, 2003.
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“I’m looking for a good night’s sleep on the soil of a friend.” – About his upcoming trip to Denmark, June 2005.
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“I am determined to keep the process on the road to peace.” – Washington, D.C., June 2003.
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Sorry that I missed yesterday…Bush was actually in Livonia.
“Well, we’ve made the decision to defeat the terrorists abroad so we don’t have to face them here at home. And when you engage the terrorists abroad, it causes activity and action.”Â – Washington, D.C., April 2005
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