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There seems to be much more complaining about certain politicians as we get closer to the midterm elections (no surprise there). Rather than rehash who in politics we don't like and why we don't like them, I'd like to hear who you do like and why you like them.  Who do you consider to be admirable and worthy of praise?

What I'm eager to hear is why you like someone in local, state or federal government. Give me a reason or reasons why. Hell, don't limit it to one person unless that's all you got. Give us a full list--top 3, top 5, even a top 10 if you can manage it!

Try to keep the focus on who you LIKE and WHY you like them. No bashing someone else's choices simply because they aren't yours. Here's my list.

And my list is in no particular order so who I mention first or last shouldn't be considered a numerical rank!

Senator Barbara Boxer
Boxer is the Senator for my District and one of Congress's strongest supporters of LGBT rights. She's tough and eloquent and is one of those "better" Democrats that we at DK talk so much about electing more of. (Plus, I met her once in Napa Valley and she corrected me about something I said without making me feel stupid--so yeah, I'm a bit biased here.)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
Many in the MSM have noted that she may be the most powerful Speaker in decades. I concur. A huge part of her success is due to her laser-like focus on vote counting for each major piece of legislation the House has passed. Plus, she's one of the most intelligent people ever to serve in Congress.

Senator Harry Reid
Like many others here, I prematurely bought into the reports of Reid's greatly exaggerated demise. Yet few in Congress have managed to pull off as amazing a comeback as he has. I was particularly impressed with his tenacity at shepharding the Healthcare Bill through the Senate while coordinating his efforts with Pelosi. The man deserves a great deal of credit for his role in helping Democrats pass one of the most significant pieces of legislation in our lifetime.

Barack Obama
There are many good reasons why President Obama is frequently compared to the likes of FDR and JFK. It's not all about the "hopey-changey" thing. He and his team ran what I consider to be the smartest, most effective political campaign I've ever seen in the past 25 years. His legislative agenda is based on substantive policy with genuine concern for improving the lives of the middle class and the poor: healthcare reform, financial reform, the energy bill, etc. Frankly, I believe he's the smartest man in the entire Democratic party whose maturity, temperment and grace under pressure redefine legislative pragmatism and electoral strategy.

So that's my list. Who's on yours?

Originally posted to Gay CA Democrat on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 11:37 AM PDT.

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    •  I like (1+ / 0-)
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      SoCalLiberal

      Barbara Boxer because she's smart and won't let the repugs walk all over her.  In committee, there was supposed to be a vote but the repugs were playing games. Apparently there was a tradition that the vote wouldn't be taken unless there were at least two members of the opposition party present to vote.  But the repugs were playing their little games and only one repug would show up so no vote was taken. Well, after several days of this game, Ms. Boxer called their bluff and took the vote.  The repugs lost then proceeded to have a cow that she had the nerve to take the vote without them.  The vote stood.  I believe that the vote was on the energy bill!!  I like Alan Grayson because he's tough and says what is usually on everyone's mind.  I like Nancy Pelosi.  She's a soft spoken, grandmotherly, hard working woman that rules with an iron glove lined with velvet.  I love Barack Obama because he's smart, concerned, deliberate, and empathetic in his decision making.  

    •  Harry Truman, Chuck Percy, (2+ / 0-)
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      psilocynic, Gay CA Democrat

      Benjamin Franklin, Theodore Roosevelt,

      and for pure amusement, Rod Blagojevich. There are office pools in Chicago betting on how many counts he'll be convicted.

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 11:43:06 AM PDT

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      •  Everyone on your list is dead! (1+ / 0-)
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        agnostic

        With the exception of our friend Blago - who's dead politically if not physically.

        My mom wrote a great book on the church & gay marriage - buy it here! http://www.ermalouroller.com/

        by hpchicago on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 12:37:38 PM PDT

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        •  Hey, you are right! (1+ / 0-)
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          hpchicago

          heh heh. Abe Lincoln rates high, too. Talk about inheriting a fustercluck.

          at the other extreme, Ronnie and W have to be tied for first. some might cite Tyler, Taft, or others, but those two did a lot of damage. For all of his stumbles and trips, I think Ford owes America a huge explanation. Had the Democrats had a spine strong enough to investigate and pursue the real wrong doers in Nixon's admin, they would not have returned with Reagan, or worse created a mindset of invincibility that Neocons continue to wear to this date.

          What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

          by agnostic on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 12:52:54 PM PDT

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    •  I like snark. So now... (3+ / 0-)

      My day is complete.

      >:P

      •  but you did not specify living ones. (4+ / 0-)

        that's a lot harder to choose, in part because of 24/7 cable news, the intertubes, and the MSM noise. talent may not become fully apparent until a generation later.

        Truman, with no college, pulled himself up by his bootstraps, and ended up being president in the middle of a global war. The heady decisions, the death, the economic problems, the Atom bomb - I doubt that anyone would have wanted that job had they known the full extent of what that job entailed. Yet, I think it is fair to say that this former haberdasher did pretty well for himself, and more importantly, our country.

        A truly common man, in an uncommon time, in a very uncommon place. He did pretty damned well.

        I also honor him for what he did in the senate early in WWII. His committee probably saved more military lives than any other factor in the world.

        What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

        by agnostic on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 11:49:14 AM PDT

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  •  James Trafficant... (5+ / 0-)

    at least he served jail time.

  •  Congresswoman Doris Matsui (1+ / 0-)
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    She's a fierce fighter for Sacramento and always seems to be on the progressive side for social issues. I love her!

    On the other hand... running for CA state assembly is Andrew Pugno, architect of PropH8. I REALLY want to see him defeated in his run. See my diary:

    CA-AD-05 This is Personal - Help Me Defeat Pugno

    Please join me in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month

    by cooper888 on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 11:46:00 AM PDT

  •  I can do this (4+ / 0-)

    Favorite Senators:
    Bernie Sanders, Al Franken and Kirsten Gilllibrand.

    Favorite House members:
    Alan Grayson, Jerry Nadler (my rep), Barbara Lee, Raul Grijalva

    Favorite POTUS
    hehehe

    Favorite candidates - I am working on it.

    We all differ in ways that matter. But we're all the same in the ways that matter most.

    by plf515 on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 11:47:30 AM PDT

  •  Maria Cantwell (3+ / 0-)
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    cooper888, Gay CA Democrat, flhiii88

    Is a smart, thoughtful, and responsive senator for my state.

    Barack Obama is the most thoughtful, intelligent president we may ever see and his agenda suits me better than any other president's has in my life. He is articulate, sane and his heart is in the right place.

    Nancy Pelosi is the wonder woman who hammered through HCR.

    Jay Inslee from my state stands firmly on principle. So does Rick Larsen. Two thumbs up for both men.

    "Take the victory and keep on marching"

    by SeattleProgressive on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 11:48:45 AM PDT

  •  Among the living, Chicago's (2+ / 0-)
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    Mariken, zenbassoon

    Mayor may have had dozens of his aides arrested and convicted of crimes, but no one has ever accused him of being involved.

    Yet, he has done some wonderful things for the city. His olympic bid was a nonstarter (and frankly, I am almost glad we lost) and gang crime continues to raise its ugly head, but the city has never been cleaner, more beautiful, or more sophisticated.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 11:52:48 AM PDT

  •  My favorites... (1+ / 0-)
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    SoCalLiberal

    Patrick Murphy PA-8: He’s my congress dude. He’s an all around good guy.

    Sherrod Brown: Just comes across as the real deal.

    Al Franken: Always loved him and I’m so happy he’s in the senate.

    "Think and wonder, wonder and think." --Dr. Seuss

    by PaDemTerry on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 11:53:33 AM PDT

  •  I like my congressman, Rush Holt (NJ-12) (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Kirsten Gillibrand (4+ / 0-)

    she lead the way on openness in the House and now the Senate by being the first to post her schedule including all meetings with lobbyists; posting all earmark requests whether approved or not; and making herself as available to her constituents as humanly possible by holding congress on your corner meetings in every town in every county in her district and now doing senate in your supermarket meetings all around the state.

    I like her for not being afraid to tell a flamer here on DK that their response was "lame."

    I like her for being very real. I like her for doing all this while being a mother of two young sons and dancing backwards in high heels.

    REBOOTNY.org - Time to reboot the New York State Senate

    by Andrew C White on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 12:01:15 PM PDT

    •  She can dance backwards in high heels too? (0+ / 0-)

      She's truly amazing.  I've always been a big fan.  I remember when she was first running, I thought here was one of those great candidates who was running against one of the true assholes of Congress (if not society) who would never win.  The District was simply too Republican and slanted against her.  And even when John Sweeney's campaign took some hits, it still seemed like he would win (perhaps by less than normal).  You can imagine my surprise and overwhelming joy on Election Night 2006 when I saw the ticker scroll by with a checkmark next to her name and 53% of the vote.  She was the smiling young Clintonite who defeated the Bush loving asshole behind the Miami Mob Brooks Brothers Riot.  It was glorious.  And I was thrilled to see David Paterson pick her to be a Senator.  I know he's a one term governor but he's definitely made an impact on New York.

      Btw, John Sweeney's campaign in 2006 always reminded me of Krusty the Clown's stiring public defense of his Krusty O Brand Cereal.  "We knew that Krusty O Brand Cereal contained black widow eggs.....but the Haunta Virus?  THAT came out of left field!"  Sweeney's campaign was similar.  Everyone was aware of the time he was so plastered he drove his car into a power poll, knocking out power for most of upstate New York.  And everyone was aware of his penchant for partying with fraternity brothers engaging in underage drinking and marijuana usage.  But the wife beating charges!  Talk about left field!  Lol.  

  •  Oh... and I kinda like (5+ / 0-)

    that Howard Dean fella too.

    REBOOTNY.org - Time to reboot the New York State Senate

    by Andrew C White on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 12:03:43 PM PDT

  •  Boxer, Pelosi, Garamendi, Deborah Bowen (2+ / 0-)
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    SoCalLiberal, Gay CA Democrat

    I am also a huge fan of the candidate Charlie Brown, who keeps challenging that worthless Doolittle (name says it all).

    Repubs - the people in power are not secretly plotting against you. They don't need to. They already beat you in public. (Bill Maher)

    by Sychotic1 on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 12:08:54 PM PDT

    •  Huge Garamendi fan here, too (2+ / 0-)
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      Sychotic1, SoCalLiberal

      He's always come across as a very legit guy who is much more ethical than your average politician, too (IMHO).

      Good call. Wish I'd thought of it.

      •  I agree. I have been a fan for about 20 years (1+ / 0-)
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        SoCalLiberal

        He was once part of the group that tried to take down Willie Brown and for some years was considered a political pariah for his efforts.  He has always been a very honest politician and a good family man.  He was a very ethical Insurance Commissioner and my greatest sadness is that he didn't run for the Governor's Office.

        Repubs - the people in power are not secretly plotting against you. They don't need to. They already beat you in public. (Bill Maher)

        by Sychotic1 on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 12:22:27 PM PDT

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  •  My fave pols... (2+ / 0-)
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    Nancy Pelosi...for getting things done and rounding up votes.  And for being a fierce fighter who is not afraid to mix it up.

    Al Franken...for being a fair and smart statesman amongst utter scoundrels in the cesspool that is the US Senate--and for great legislation.

    Bernie Sanders...for calling the opposition out and standing up for working people.

    Alan Grayson...for having guts and not being afraid of the wrath of the Villagers or the Establishment.

    Anthony Weiner...for not putting up with Republicans in the House and calling them out when they get out of hand.

    "Grow up Democrats. Face the music. Do it alone. You're the majority." -- Rachel Maddow

    by cybrestrike on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 12:17:30 PM PDT

  •  If dead guys count, I like (1+ / 0-)
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    agnostic

    Richard J Daley (Daddy).  Always a good quote, and despite being a racist involved in the Chicago race riots of the early 20s, he got stuff done.  And he knew how to control the party.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

    by zenbassoon on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 12:23:03 PM PDT

  •  Sherrod Brown rules!! (1+ / 0-)
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    relentless

    Oh, and Grayson and Franken and Whitehouse.  Wow - I'm starting to feel all rosy and positive about the future.  This is like writing a gratitude list.  Wonder how long it will last? Maybe, until evening news.

  •  Franken, Sanders, Grayson for Sure, (0+ / 0-)

    and my own Sherrod Brown.

    I like the liberals. The facts of the US and its people and planet have a solid liberal, not moderate, bias.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 12:32:03 PM PDT

  •  Pelosi,president Obama (0+ / 0-)

    I like speaker Pelosi because she is able to stand up to all the criticism and still get things done.

    President Obama is without a doubt the smartest president that we've ever had and he cares about the things I care about and he's not protecting  the corporations.

  •  Deborah Wasserman Schultz (3+ / 0-)

    because she's a classy, intelligent assertive woman!
    (and I'm not from Florida).
    and Obama and Obiden of course...

    (-6.25, -4.62) "Education is not the filling of a pail; but the lighting of a fire." WB Yeats

    by bamajunky on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 12:46:39 PM PDT

  •  He's so dreamy... (2+ / 0-)
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    Dennis Kucinich - he's wonderful AND may secretly be an elf!

    Whatever's clever is totally whatever.

    by glassofmilk on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 12:51:50 PM PDT

  •  Bill White (3+ / 0-)
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    SoCalLiberal, dalfireplug, Mariken

    because he may be the first Democrat in a very long time to win a state wide office in Texas.  He's smart, he's a proven leader and he takes no quarter from the Rs.  I lived in Houston when he was mayor and saw him demonstrate all those qualities when Katrina sent over 200,000 destitute refugees to Houston.  It was his leadership that forced the county and the feds into doing the right thing for these unfortunate people.  

  •  I have to go with Sen. Sherrod Brown ... (1+ / 0-)
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    SoCalLiberal

    ... whom I've known since his days in the Ohio legislature (and mine as an undergrad at Kent State). He's cool and progressive on most issues, and has a keen sense for just how far to the left he can vote in Congress and still survive politically in the state he represents.

    Also, props to Madame Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and President Obama (for the most part). Can't say I'm all that fond of Harry Reid, but I still hope he can survive Angle's challenge in Nevada. However, to do so he will need to run a better re-election campaign than how he handles his day job as Senate Majority Leader.

    If I could include the dead as well as the living, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy would have to be at the top of my list. Even now that he's gone, he still inspires us.

  •  This is an important diary, making us justify (3+ / 0-)

    our choices.  So, I'm in.

    Jerry Brown -- as a teen, I worked for him in his all-too-late bid for president in 1976.  Got to be a delegate for him in 1992.  He'd have done better than Clinton.  One of the most creative political thinkers America has ever produced.

    Barack Obama -- did you hear his 2004 speech to the convention?  Have you read his books?  Yeah, he's come up short on lots of things, but he's delivered more than I thought he could.

    Anthony Weiner -- Israel aside, my congressman kicks ass on just about all the issues.  A Jew from Brooklyn named "Weiner" has probably heard it all, but my favorite term for him is "Congressman."  Please, Anthony, don't leave the district no matter what office they wave at you!!

    Bernie Sanders -- the man who dares to take up the cause of all us "small people."

    Gary Hart -- my senator as a twenty-something in Colorado where I grew up.  Stupid personal stuff prevented him from getting the 1988 nomination and beating Bush the Elder.

    David Steel -- a British politician, leader of the former Liberal Party, first Convener of the Scottish Parliament (first in almost 300 years) and author of the British abortion law.  Everything Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats are doing is possible because Lord Steel worked his ass off for 30 years.

    Boris Yeltsin -- yeah, a drunken buffoon in lots of respects, but he stood on that tank in Moscow and ended the communist coup all those years ago.  You get points in my book for freeing an entire nation.

    •  Interesting picks (0+ / 0-)

      David Steel -- a British politician, leader of the former Liberal Party, first Convener of the Scottish Parliament (first in almost 300 years) and author of the British abortion law.  Everything Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats are doing is possible because Lord Steel worked his ass off for 30 years.

      I have so many favorite politicians, I limited it to just Americans but I would include some Brits on my favorite list as well.  I'd definitely include Tony Blair, Ben Bradshaw, Stephen Twigg, Peter Mandelson, Harriet Harman, Oona King, and Jim Murphy.  

      I'd definitely agree that David Steel helped bring the Liberals into full third party status from near extinction.  

      It's important to have favorite British politicians and to follow British politics to some degree.  Perhaps it's the common language but it's interesting how parties on both sides of the pond emulate each other.  Harold Wilson and LBJ emulated each other quite a bit.  Thatcher and Reagan took from each other's campaign playbooks and had very similar ideologies.  The same can be said of Clinton and Blair, who also mimiced each other politically (though Blair was actually more successful).  Cameron hasn't copied Dubya but he's basically copied Arnold Schwarzenegger.  By contrast, Nick Clegg used Cruz Bustamante's educational policies in the televised debate.  Joe Biden of course plagiarized Neil Kinnock.  

  •  I like (0+ / 0-)

    Barack Obama--I think he has the best temperament of any pol I've ever seen. He is intelligent, caring, truly patriotic, and effective. I'm almost 59 and I think he's the finest politician I have ever seen, although Bobby Kennedy was close.

    Al Franken--I love snark so I loved Al the comedian. I love Al the senator even more. A very smart and principled man. I wish he were my senator.

    Nancy Pelosi--I love her because Republicans hate her so much.

    There are many other good pols, but these are my favorites.

    When it comes to Democrats, criticize, don't demonize.

    by Dragon5616 on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 02:26:40 PM PDT

  •  Bernie Sanders... (0+ / 0-)

    ...in fact...he would be my first choice for President. He's much closer to my viewpoints than any other senator.

    While his political leanings are much closer to mine, there are other things about him that make him a phenomenal leader in my book.

    Despite his socialist leanings (he actually won the mayorship of Burlington, VT as a socialist) and...he has never backed away from his positions, even when running for, and winning statewide office. He has the courage of his convictions.

    And...if that weren't enough...he is one of those rare politicians from the progressive side of the aisle who has a knack for framing issues in terms of what's in the best interest of everyday, working Americans.

    And...on top of that...while he supports the Democratic Party, in terms of caucusing with them in the Senate since they are the less repulsive of the two major political parties...he insists on running as an Independent, meaning he cannot be coerced by monied special interest groups from either the left or the right.

  •  I could give you a top 50 or more (1+ / 0-)
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    Gay CA Democrat

    just based upon my facebook pages and it would include a few foreign politicians as well.  But I'll try and keep it to a top 20 and just include American politicians.  

    Top 20 (in no particular order):

    1.  Franklin Roosevelt
    1.  Earl Warren
    1.  Henry Waxman
    1.  Jim Webb
    1.  Mark Warner
    1.  Barbara Boxer
    1.  Antonio Villaraigosa
    1.  Gavin Newsom
    1.  Barbara Boxer
    1.  Nancy Pelosi
    1.  Bill Clinton
    1.  Hillary Clinton
    1.  Kirsten Gillibrand
    1.  Thomas Jefferson
    1.  George Washington
    1.  John Heilman
    1.  Tammy Baldwin
    1.  Anthony Williams
    1.  Annise Parker
    1.  Hilda Solis  

    Since I'm giving a top 20, I don't want to give explanations for each and every single one but I admit that the list is fairly ecclectic.  I do have one Republican on that list so it's not completely unbalanced.  

    •  I forgot Villaraigosa. I love his work because (1+ / 0-)
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      SoCalLiberal

      mainly his focus on transit as a member of the Metro Board. Especially his push for more subways and light rail, which we desperately need in L.A.

      •  Yup (1+ / 0-)
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        Especially his push for more subways and light rail, which we desperately need in L.A.

        We certainly do.  In all honesty, Antonio Villaraigosa has not been a particularly good mayor.  But I've still got a softspot for him in my heart.  I'll never forget the 2001 mayoral race and how much it impacted me.  I was just really beginning to follow politics back then (the 2000 Election was a wake up call).  I was just barely a teenager then but I wanted so much more for LA.  Los Angeles is one of the greatest cities in the world and it did not get the recognition it deserved.  And all of LA's politicians were (still are) so unbelievably cynical and unimaginative and uncreative and so negative.  And our city had been through embarassments and debacles.  Everything from the Hollywood Boulevard sinkhole, the post Laker victory Staples Center riots in 2000, the pathetic and heartbreaking Millenium Celebration, to the Ramparts Scandal and more just really crushed the city.  And the leading candidates were Jimmy Hahn, a mediocre city attorney, and Steve Soboroff, another Republican self-funding millionair who looked like Dick Cheney's clone.  They were so narrow minded and so unimaginative.  

        And then Antonio entered into the race and I slowly fell in love.  He stood for all the right things, he was an accomplished Assembly Speaker, he was an underdog, he was a guy who no one could have ever imagined being mayor (a working class Latino from the eastside from a troubled home).  But there was more to him, he brought this energy, this excitement, this passion, this vision for LA.  I would see him on tv, watch his speeches, watch the mayoral debates, read his mailers, and you just got this sense that LA could be far more than what it was.  He was going to be the mayor who could really change things.  And then I remember the final mayoral debate where Soboroff and Hahn nearly came to blows after the debate, they were so angry and hostile, and Antonio had this shining moment where he got between them and backed them away from each other.  He was a leader.  

        And I'll never forget my excitement of that primary night.  I thought he was an underdog and would have difficulty getting to the runoff.  And when the first precincts began reporting just before 10 pm, I remember my sister coming into my bedroom to tell me that Villaraigosa was losing, he was in third behind Hahn and Soboroff.  But I'll never forget the excitement I felt when Antonio went ahead into second place and how by 11 pm when the Channel 4 news came on, he was trading the lead back and forth for first with Jim Hahn.  And then by the time the newscast ended and as the precincts from East LA began to come in, I'll never forget the pure joy of seeing Antonio not only come in first but by a substantial 6% margin.  And then I remember the anger I felt after seeing those racist ads.  The shock I felt discovering how racist people were including family members, neighbors, fellow students, and people who I considered friends.  There was this general antipathy against voting for a Latino for mayor.  (I didn't have my license and I couldn't volunteer for the campaign since my mother refused to drive me so I tried instead to volunteer myself by contacting all my neighbors and friends.......I wasn't wasting my time btw, later I learned from Antonio's campaign manager that who I was targeting were those who weren't being targeted by the campaign).  And then I won't forget the anger and sadness I felt on election night when the results began to trickle in and I saw that racism had won.  For years, I couldn't listen to "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge because it would just upset me.  But then came 2005 and he ran again and that time, he was prepared for the racist attacks and he won by a landslide and I was thrilled.  And I still remember the site of all these different politicians on stage dancing and singing along to "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now."  

        So anyway, has Antonio been a great mayor or even good mayor?  Unfortunately, not.  But I do think he's been far better and has done far more than he's given credit for.  And just having gone through that whole emotional attachment to his 01' campaign and then his 05' campaign, it's hard for me to develop any antipathy for or dislike of him.  

  •  Yeah and Boxer and Pelosi are on my list as well (0+ / 0-)

    I love both because both are classic western Liberals like me.  Both have been continually underestimated throughout their careers, both are extremely bright, both are extremely hardworking, both have made history, both have overcome the odds, both have advanced gender equality, and both have won.  Love em' both.  And I might add too that for Speaker Pelosi, she is the only one in Washington right now who continually and consistently gets things done.  People criticize the Democrats in power but Pelosi actually has accomplished a lot.  She's unbeleivably talented.  As for Boxer, her hair is fine and I think she'll win reelection in November.  

  •  I'm well-represented by my current senators: (2+ / 0-)
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    SoCalLiberal, Gay CA Democrat

    Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse. Whitehouse gave a great speech Thursday that was diaried here, and Reed has consistently been a quiet, reliable liberal..he wears the late Claiborne Pell's shoes very well. Also, he's a fellow Quahog native. (Ok, Cranston. Don't tell anyone!) I was un-happy they both voted down Dorgan's drug re-importation thingy, but I understand their loyalty to the President. Contrast them with my previous 2 senators: Susama bin Kolinz and (concentration)Campia Snowe. 'Nuff said

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