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  •  More Dems wanted Shatz (3+ / 0-)
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    in the party's selection process. Hanabusa was second choice. Clearly there are internal divisions.

    look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

    by FishOutofWater on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 05:30:29 PM PST

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    •  The progressive faction is slowly building steam (8+ / 0-)

      and it has representatives from every part of the ethnic mix of Hawaii (largest ethnicity is "Hapa" =mixed.  The progressive faction is moving on from the old ethnicity politics and is concerned about Hawaii, it's land, it's ocean, it's resources, it's land ownership, it's lack of self sustainability.  It is quietly in opposition to the old machine.

      "It's too LATE to stop now!" - John Lee Hooker

      by Rolfyboy6 on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 06:08:17 PM PST

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      •  I became aware of Abercrombie when he (4+ / 0-)
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        became the first House member to endorse Howard Dean. Also, I read what Wikipedia had to say about Schatz, and he sounds like a real progressive, like Abercrombie, if not more so. If Hawaii is moving away from the old machine, then it's probably best that Abercrombie didn't go with Inouye's recommendation.

        Note to the birthers: Abercrombie knew and was friends with both of Obama's parents. He said he remembers when our president was born.

        •  Abercrombie not so "progressive." (3+ / 0-)
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          Neil had a well-established reputation as a flaming liberal, but his actual voting record in Congress was not all that liberal. He played a regressive role on several key issues. For example, he was the most active Democrat advocating the abolition of the inheritance tax, providing a "left" cover for a reactionary tax policy. He worked with Darryl Issa to gut environmental protections.

          Nor is Schatz consistently progressive. It is not an accident he spearheaded Obama's Hawaii campaign. In many ways, Schatz's policy positions tend to be centrist and "business-friendly" like Obama's. I HOPE Schatz will retain a deep commitment to environmental protection, an issue for which Obama has shown very little concern.

          "... if I can lead you into the promised land someone else can just as easily lead you back out again." --Eugene Debs

          by Shliapnikov on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 09:15:34 PM PST

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    •  The votes were very close, many voted for BOTH (1+ / 0-)
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      Every SCC member got three votes almost all cast all three votes. All three of those on the list received votes from a majority of the members, not merely a plurality. So this "Schatz vs. Hanabusa narrative is a little over-simplified.

      "... if I can lead you into the promised land someone else can just as easily lead you back out again." --Eugene Debs

      by Shliapnikov on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 09:10:03 PM PST

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