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Liberal_Stalwart71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:13 PM
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102. I'm with you! There are great progressives in the Senate like Tom Harkin
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 04:16 PM by Liberal_Stalwart71
and Sherrod Brown. Unfortunately their voices have been muted by the Corporatists in the party. I have a student who interns for Bernie Sanders and I am amazed at his growth during the course of the semester. He came in being totally against Obama and wanting him to be more progressive. But, with my discussions with him--and I've let him know that I, too, am a liberal--he seems to be changing his view on the way the process works. He told me that he has personally witnessed corporate Democrats going against the president on Wall Street reform, for instance. I know that Bernie was working tireless to reinstate Glass-Steagall, and had heard from White House aids that Obama really wanted him to push this through the progressive caucus and really wanted it. But many of the Blue Dogs and the Corporatists in the Senate are more interested in their reelection prospects. These Blue Dogs, like Claire McCaskell, for instance, are facing tough reelections, and they believe that Republicans will take them to the woodshed should they push for more Wall Street Reform. My student told me that it was hard working in the Senate when he saw some Democrats openly siding with Republicans, no matter what the president did or said.

We need to work to elect more progressives for Congress.

I truly believe that if we target good progressives at the local levels we can catch up to the progress that Republicans have made on that front. It will be harder with Republican redistricting, but it is the price we are paying for not being more engaged and involved in local elections. The Republicans are decadaes ahead of us. This used to be our badge of honor that we have ceded to the Republicans and their so-called Tea Party.
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