But let’s keep this in mind: We need to differentiate the desire for a strong leader with the desire for a so-called strongman – which is the kind of thing that leads to fascism. We need to do the work of democracy ourselves and stop leaving all the power in the hands of politicians.
Democrat Bob Perry has won a special election held Tuesday to fill a vacant New Hampshire House seat, according to New Hampshire Democrats.
Perry, a former state rep, beat Republican opponent Honey Puterbaugh 2,110 to 1,517, according to numbers provided by the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
Perry took five of the six towns in Strafford County House District No. 3, a Republican-leaning district where the GOP will hold seven of the eight seats, Perry being the one exception.
The race is viewed as a bellwether on how the state is being run and a win for either candidate was viewed as a victory for their party.
“Bob Perry’s victory tonight is a complete and total rejection of Republican House Speaker Bill O’Brien’s reckless job-killing agenda,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Raymond Buckley. “In a historically Republican district, New Hampshire voters turned out in the middle of summer to send a loud and clear message to the out-of-control Republican majority. Its relentless attempts to make cigarettes cheaper but college more expensive, slash women’s health care, and kill jobs by taxing hospitals must stop immediately. “
When the recession began there were many wise words about having learnt the lessons of both the Great Depression and Japan’s long malaise. Now we know we didn’t learn a thing. Our stimulus was too weak, too short and not well designed. The banks weren’t forced to return to lending. Our leaders tried papering over the economy’s weaknesses – perhaps out of fear that if we were honest about them, already fragile confidence would erode. But that was a gamble we have now lost. Now the scale of the problem is apparent, a new confidence has emerged: confidence that matters will get worse, whatever action we take. A long malaise now seems like the optimistic scenario.
Don’t forget to turn out tomorrow to ask Pat Toomey where the jobs are, but don’t expect a straight answer. This guy toes the party line, as I found out during a recent correspondence with him or the flack who handles his e-mail.