Freshmen Breaking for Waxman?

by: Matt Stoller

Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 12:19

If true, this is excellent.

An informal survey of about two dozen incoming Democrats resulted in 18 saying they support Waxman and just three saying they support Dingell, said one freshman lawmaker who requested not to be identified.

This conflict is quite opaque, even to members themselves.  It makes sense though that new members would support Waxman; he's more aligned with them on a whole host of issues and on ways of doing politics.  Also, some self-interest is at work here.  Seniority is not a persuasive argument to new members of Congress.

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Good news? (0.00 / 0)
I thought we had a moratorium on that...

Conduct your own interview of Sarah Palin!

and (0.00 / 0)
being tight with a guy who is 85 isn't really a good long-term play

If I had to choose (4.00 / 2)
I'd say this battle is more important than the Lieberman fight.  Dealing effectively with global warming can't be put off by Dingell any longer.

John McCain won't insure children

Just saw that I'm not the only one (0.00 / 0)
I don't know the last time I agreed with Jerome Armstrong.

John McCain won't insure children

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At the least (0.00 / 0)
If we win this battle, I'll call it a draw overall, and start to feel a little better.

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Not even close (0.00 / 0)
Lieberman owes his ass to Obama, there's no way he's going to be doing any kind of investigation. And beyond that he doesn't have to deal with anything very critical.

On the other hand, this is a key battle.  Waxman who's very progressive would control healthcare and energy policy, probably two of the most important issues we'll face.

Lieberman's fight isn't anywhere close to this one.

John McCain: Beacuse lobbyists should have more power

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Waxman's Been REALLY On Top of Things For A LONG Time (4.00 / 3)
It's worth recalling that Waxman had his staff prepare a report on how the Bush Administration was systematically distorting the scientific/expert advisory process back in August of 2003.  This remains the prototypical analysis of how the Bush Administration operated, and to my mind no one has a clearer understanding of what we are up against, functionally as well as substantively, than Henry Waxman has.

When it comes to being "reality-based" this is the gold standard for work in Congress during the Bush years.

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3

Plus, he's the "young gun" since he's a spry 69 (0.00 / 0)
and Dingell is well into his 80s.  

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