Lil' Jon Keller- who's hard at work for the Ogonowski campaign- is probably on the phone with Dad right now demanding that he whip up an addendum to The Bluest State about the commie liberals over at the Herald.
Tsongas has spent a considerable amount of time during her campaign getting a handle on the character, the different needs and the resources of the three major cities in the district and on the industries which can jump-start their economies – robotics, life sciences, defense-related research and development. It’s not sexy stuff, like vowing to bring the troops home from Iraq. It just needs to be done, and Tsongas knows full well that at the end of the day that’s something she can actually do. OK, so there will be votes on the war and troops. There will be resolutions, and Tsongas will vote for them. But foreign policy isn’t made on the floor of the U.S. House – for which we are increasingly grateful. Tsongas is a solid supporter of immigration reform along the lines of the Kennedy-McCain bill – a well-structured combination of border security and a path to citizenship for the more than 12 million illegal immigrants estimated to have settled here. The Fifth District is among the most diverse in the state – a place where wave upon wave of immigrants have settled. “You can rail against all the illegal immigrants who are here, but if you don’t do something it’s de facto amnesty,” she said. “It solves nothing.” Tsongas has also vowed to “change the tone” of political debate in Washington, to maintain that level of civility that her immediate predecessor and her late husband were known for – and that is a good place to start.