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  •  re: Obama (none)
    I've been wondering the same thing. I have a close friend and political confidant who is dispondant and disgusted by his silence. I'm not jumping to conclusions- I think he thinks he just landed there and wants to be modest and humble (he made many jokes about cleaning the teacups and mopping floors on post-election chat shows), but I would think a blow-out victory would give him some political capital (even if it came against a batshit loony so patently embarassing that he was basically fragged by his 'Thug comrades). I also think that Boxer walking point lays down enough cover fire that he should at least stick his head out of the trench a little. With CNN saying today "there's gathering evidence that the Democrats intend to spend the next few years on their feet, not their knees" I'd wait and see what Obama does over the next few months before I pass judgement. Two things are driving this- Boxer's courage, and the public not being stupid enough to hand Chimpy the keys on Social Security.

    A Prince, whose Character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the Ruler of a free people.

    by faugh a ballagh on Tue Jan 25, 2005 at 11:52:00 AM PST

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    •  Despondent over Obama? Jeez.... (3.80)
      It used to be freshman Senators by tradition didn't even speak on the floor for their first two years - that has changed, but still, he has just gotten there.

      He enters the Senate with expectation unmatched by most Senators (recently, only Hillary comes close) - to act like he owns the place would cause resentment and damage to his future career.

      •  and damage to his current effectiveness (none)
        Apart from ideology, there's a very strong code in the Senate against coming in with a publicly big head.  (Of course, the Senate by definition is 100 big heads, but they're not supposed to act like that from day one.)  For him to act like he's trying to lead Senate Dems (especially as he's not on the committee) would make them suspicious that cooperation with him on future initiatives was just to give him good PR, which is deadly.  He's been around the track in the IL legislature, and knows all about this stuff.

        I'd be pissed if he doesn't give a good speech against Rice, and of course even more pissed if he voted for her (as well as really surprised, not in a good way), but there's not really a whole lot of purpose in him being early out of the gate here.  It's not like a cabinet nomination is a legislative initiative with time and substantive scope to build with.  It's a single vote, and not one on which the Dems are going to win, so it's really a matter of stating where you stand and standing in the right place.  

        OTOH, time to start recruiting a CT Dem to take on that worthless Republican Lieberman.  Maybe Lowell Weicker?

        Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cocksure of many things that were not so.-- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

        by Steady Eddie on Tue Jan 25, 2005 at 02:39:33 PM PST

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        •  Very strange... (none)
          Connecticut -- great school system, solidly blue in national politics... How on earth to explain Liebermann?  Do they just not pay any attention to him?
          •  They have a senator with (none)
            national clout, thats not something you toss out for a potentially weaker freshman.  Plus CT is very affluent, lending itself to a more centrist senator

            Oppose Social Security *Piratization*

            by cato on Tue Jan 25, 2005 at 07:17:17 PM PST

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            •  Interesting comment. (none)
              Connecticut's affluent, so it gets a right-leaning senator... Mississippi and Alabama are poverty stricken, so they do too.  So who gets progressives? Anyone?

              And as for hanging onto a senator just because he has clout -- That theory didn't save Daschle.

              •  maybe they (none)
                just can't resist the Joementum!  Seriously though, that's just my attempt to explain it.  Every electorate is differetn and makes decisions for different reasons.  Look at Sen. Byrd.  God knows the democrats are no longer in power in w. virginia, yet they keep sending booby back to washington.  As long as a politician can keep his particular constituency happy, that's all that matters i guess.

                Oppose Social Security *Piratization*

                by cato on Wed Jan 26, 2005 at 06:47:16 PM PST

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