Why the Dems won’t take the House

I don’t know if I believe this (remember 2006?) but Ralph Nader makes a compelling argument:

Of course, there are more factors involved. When I asked a top House Democrat what the real reason was for deep-sixing the minimum wage increase to catch up with 1968, he rubbed his thumb and two fingers together, and said, “They feel they’d raise less money if they did that.” Money, it seems, counts more than votes in this bizarre equation of the people with whom the party should stand.


So Cong. George Miller sits on his recently introduced bill to increase the minimum wage to $9.80 by 2014 because he is waiting for Obama. His House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi waits for Obama. So do the close campaigns of Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Chris Murphy in Massachusetts and Connecticut respectively, along with many close House races. (See Time For a Raise for more information.)


When I spoke to other leading progressive Democrats to assert themselves, jurisdictional turf presented itself. No senior Democrat in the House runs first with any labor issues other than Cong. George Miller, from the progressive San Francisco area, no less. Nor do any other senior Democrats run first with any energy and environmental issues other than ranking Committee member, Cong. Ed Markey. Markey and his allies privately wring their hands over Obama’s silence on climate change during the President’s daily campaigns. But the word from all quarters of the Democratic Party is not to move if Obama doesn’t move. You would not want to show up the President’s inaction, would you?


Yet, the Democrats have their own interest in winning their own Congressional elections, whether or not Obama cares about them. Doesn’t seem to matter. Following Obama means they may follow him as a party over the cliffs of defeat while he rides to the top of the Hill. You see the vast majority of incumbent Democrats are in safe districts and their seats are secure. Retaking the majority in the House is another matter. Personal career complacency does not vigorously propel a party drive to win back the House, regardless of what Obama chooses to permit.


What do the House Democrats owe Obama anyhow? He raises no money for them. He campaigns without them, thereby depriving them of mass media coverage. Even the Congressional Black Caucus is replete with indignation at how Obama has dissed them and their poverty issues since day one of his presidency.


After Election Day, November 6, contemporary historians will write that the Congressional Democrats waited too long on Obama and wasted their chance to win back the House and gain more seats in the Senate.


This is the politics of presidential personalismo run riot – inexplicable precisely because it has become so suicidal to the Congressional Democrats and to justice for the people for whom they claim to speak.

Here comes karma

So, just to make sure that EVERYONE gets Mother Nature’s global warming message, here comes another storm for next week – and this time, everyone’s gonna get it. From the National Weather Service:

POTENTIAL FOR NOR’EASTER ALONG THE ATLANTIC COAST NEXT WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY…

PRELIMINARY UPDATE…

USED AN EVEN BLEND OF THE 00Z/02 ECMWF AND ECENS MEAN TO UPDATE THE PRELIMINARY FRONTS AND PRESSURES FOR DAYS 3 THROUGH 7. THE GLOBAL NUMERICAL MODELS SUGGEST NO REST FOR THE WEARY ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, WITH A CONTINUED HIGH AMPLITUDE FLOW AND SUPPRESSED POLAR JET ALLOWING FOR SHARP BAROCLINICITY, WINTRY PRECIPITATION
PRODUCTION, AND THE POSSIBILITY OF ANOTHER SLOW-MOVING CYCLONE ALONG THE MID ATLANTIC AND NORTHEAST COASTS. THE EAST COAST SYSTEM WOULD BE A MORE TYPICAL NOR’EASTER, WITH THE SAME SET OF GUIDANCE SUPPORTING ITS GENESIS AT DAYS 5 AND 6 AS WITH THIS WEEK’S SPRAWLING HYBRID STORM: THE ECMWF, ECENS MEAN, GEFS MEAN, GEM
GLOBAL, AND CANADIAN ENSEMBLE MEANS. THE POSITION OF THE SURFACE HIGH TO THE NORTH WILL, AS ALWAYS, BE CRITICAL TO LOCATION OF THE RAIN-SNOW LINE. ANY SYSTEM THAT PRODUCES SIGNIFICANT WIND AND PRECIPITATION IN THE MID ATLANTIC AND NORTHEAST IS OF NOTE IN LIGHT OF THE CONTINUED RECOVERY FROM SANDY AND ITS POST-TROPICAL
TRANSFORMATION.

UNLIKE EARLIER THIS WEEK, THE ENTIRE NATION IS VULNERABLE TO HAZARDOUS WEATHER THIS FORECAST, WITH A FOCUSED, ENERGETIC POLAR FRONT EXTENDING FROM THE NORTHERN INTERMOUNTAIN REGION TO THE CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI AND OHIO VALLEYS DURING THE SECOND HALF OF THE PERIOD. FURTHERMORE, AN ARCTIC HIGH IS LIKELY TO BUILD INTO THE NORTHERN ROCKIES BY DAY 7, WITH ITS OWN ATTENDANT UPSLOPE SNOWS AND LOW TEMPERATURES.

Penn State

So this is getting very interesting. These charges mean Gov. Corbett and his former AG’s staff can be called as witnesses about the Sandusky case:

“These charges are the work of a vindictive and politically motivated governor working through an un-elected attorney general, Linda Kelly, whom he appointed to do his bidding and who will be a lame duck five days from now.”


Mr. Spanier’s attorneys accuse the governor of “manipulating public officials and resources to settle a personal score” against their client.


Mr. Lewis said as an example that he has witnesses who will testify that after the Penn State board of trustees’ meeting when Mr. Spanier resigned last November that Mr. Corbett and his staff were seen celebrating Mr. Spanier’s departure at a State College restaurant.


“We also have been made aware that Corbett was furious that Dr. Spanier was seen hosting his opponent for governor, Dan Onorato, in the president’s box at a home football game during the campaign,” Mr. Lewis said.

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