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  •  Exactly. I am shocked that people are (1+ / 0-)
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    putting this argument for ward.

    Expose the lies. Fight for the truth. Push progressive politics. Save our planet. Health care is a right, not a privilege.

    by lighttheway on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 06:07:42 PM PST

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    •  All other factors being equal, female is right (10+ / 0-)

      But why should Hawaii's congressional delegation be all female because you North Americans don't elected enough women?

      I agree with a pro-female affirmative stance, but why are some of you getting angry when you know so little about the other factors which played into the decision by the Governor. You presume the gender factor should trump other factors, without knowing the other factors?

      I dispute the assertion that Schatz is more "progressive" than Hanabusa. Or vice-versa. Take it from someone very involved in Hawaii Democratic politics. Neither are that progressive. Patsy Mink was very progressive. Danny Akaka was pretty progressive. Mazie Hirono is pretty progressive.

      Hanabusa is clearly more qualified to "hit the ground running" than Schatz. She understands Washington better than he does. And although he was involved in helping negotiate factional differences in the state house and managed to steer the Democratic Party for almost two years, Hanabusa has much more experience in legislative horse-trading and dealmaking.But Brian is very intelligent, has good people skills and is young enough to acquire 40 years of seniority in the Senate. He is 40, Hanabusa is 61.

      And Hawaii's Democrats a very aware, now that we have ZERO seniority in the Senate, of the need to invest in a long-range plan of building up seniority for our state.

      So I think, on balance, Schatz was the correct choice. Even if he is a "white man." (When three of the four members of our delegation are women of color, do we really have to apologize if we decided this white man better serves our needs? I think that is silly.

      "... 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 10:44:42 PM PST

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