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  •  on klobuchar & obama (0+ / 0-)

    Yeah, I agree about Klobuchar. Although she is a solid Dem vote, so far she is far far far away from anything like Wellstone (but then again, who isn’t? Feingold maybe.). She hasn't taken the initiative on any progressive issues and seems to have some centrist tendencies. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on how her biggest accomplishment so far is being tied with Senator Brown in the race for the most hours chairing the Senate Chamber to get the "golden gavel." I’m glad she has her priorities in order.
    As a supporter, I'm pretty disappointed. My only hope is that as she gets her office up and running and finds her footing she’ll find some confidence on the issues. But I’m not holding my breath.

    On Obama, I still have faith in him. I liked SOME of what he said in his foreign policy speech, but was a little disappointed by what he didn’t say. I really like the MyPolicy idea, although I wonder how much attention his staffers really pay to it. Here’s hoping that all his talk about social justice and change is based on sincere belief and courage rather than useful rhetoric. I guess we’ll see.

    •  Obama Hopes (0+ / 0-)

      Well, let's put it this way--at least he put his name onto the ERA as a cosponsor after I asked him to.

      For Pete's sake, he's not even a woman and he bothered to do it!  I didn't see Klobuchar's name on there last time I checked.  GRRRRRRRRRRR.

      She's a freaking WOMAN!  She's AFFECTED BY THIS!

      Plus, she shows up and gets all, "Look at meeeee, I'm a woman in the Senate!" with other women in front of women's groups.

      But cosponsor legislation that will help other women get where she's gotten?  Naaaaaaah.  Got some women's luncheons to show up at instead, constituents!


      Hopefully I can convince her to write and/or cosponsor legislation to help Native American women get out of this pit so THEY can have an easier time maintaining the psychological well-being that would help them get to the kind of status (along whatever life path they choose--might not be the Senate if they'd rather live a Native American life on the reservation).

    •  Ramstad (0+ / 0-)

      Oh, by the way, I think it's Jim Ramstad who's always trying to push through better federal funding for substance abuse programs, since he was helped out of alcoholism by one and feels like even people who aren't as wealthy as him need access to the same quality of care as he got.

      Maybe he'd draft or cosponsor legislation like repealing the 1885 Major Crimes Act in the House or getting special funding so the reservation police or the FBI's branch that prosecutes these crimes can afford to double their forces & staff.

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