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  •  She's definitely a solid friend of labor (0+ / 0-)

    But looking at her committee assignments and her big accomplishments, she doesn't seem to have necessarily been out front leading on labor issues, and honestly, that makes me a little worried about the incoming administration's commitment to labor.  It's too early to judge, but that's a first impression.

    •  huh? (6+ / 0-)

      The incoming administration shows a lack of commitment to labor by appointing a solid friend of labor? What should they have done instead? Appointed an enemy of labor?

      Really, what would make you happy if the appointment of a strong progressive and friend of labor like Hilda Solis does not?


      •  Not saying she's a bad pick (2+ / 0-)
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        Pris from LA, thethinveil

        Like I said, she's got solid progressive cred, and that's the non-negotiable for getting the job.  But considering the heavies from the finance industry who are in the Cabinet, we need someone at Labor who's willing to throw their weight around on behalf of workers.

        This isn't to say that Solis isn't up to the task - it's just that I don't know.  There are other equally great friends of labor who I know have been out front on labor issues.  Like I said, it's too early to judge.

      •  Lauramp (0+ / 0-)

        Don't get yourself all worked up. From my observations on these blogs about Obama's cabinet picks, The quibbles are REALLY about people wanting particular names that feature prominently in the progressive pantheon -- e.g. Grijalva, Diaz, Krugman, Maxwell, Duckworth, Cleland, etc. These were the people with fan following that many liberal bloggers wanted and no one else. I got the feeling it was not about ideology at all but rather a certain orthodoxy that Obama was expected to adhere to.

        "Scandals don't stay underground like cassava: they always come out" -- Ewe Proverb

        by zizi on Thu Dec 18, 2008 at 12:12:58 PM PST

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        •  For me it was about ideology AND (0+ / 0-)

          advantageous politics that he passed up with some of his nominations.

          He could have legitimized democrats as strong leaders on defense and he could have repudiated more fully deregulation and the privatization of government with his picks and it would have been enormously popular (it was what got him elected after all.)

          To me, he was either tying his hands behind his back before a fight or he was capitulating - either one was good for the Neo-liberals and the Jingoists.  

          And I would say more than bloggers have suggestions on the picks; for example the people I talk to in real life. I don't live in a bubble - with the internet as the only source of human contact - and I hope the rest of you don't either. Those people out there have opinions too.

          Get off the Cross the wood is needed!

          by thethinveil on Thu Dec 18, 2008 at 02:14:36 PM PST

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