Ladies and Gentlemen of the BMG, we still need to elect Democrats. Today’s news is clear, at least based on the Boston Globe. In this diary, I’ll run through the news, pointing out why we need to be enthusiastic about our work for Democrats between now and November 2.
First up: the courts… something I know little about, but enough to opine. Governor Patrick will be appointing the next SJC chief, and soon. We all know the SJC matters… why, in the past 10 years the MA SJC made what history may judge to be the most important civil rights decision in almost a half century with Goodridge. All members of the SJC interpret the law, but we all know dang well that we get different courts with different nominators. Methinks that Deval Patrick and Tim Murray will produce better nominations than Charlie Baker… but only if they are reelected!
Now, on to the US Senate. Perhaps you’ve heard of a local chap named Diamond. Not Mike Diamond, but rather Professor Peter Diamond. It turns out that he’s a professor for an elite university, just won the Nobel Prize in economics, and did it for work not on helping the rich get richer, but on understanding why unemployment lingers after the economy recovers. Perhaps that trifecta explains why Republican Senator Richard Shelby has put a hold on Diamond’s appointment to the Fed, pretending that Diamond lacks sufficient experience. Now look, it’s pretty clear that the Democrats will lose some Senate seats on November 2, but really, do you really want a guy who claims that a Nobel Prize winning economist who knows how to help reduce unemployment is unqualified to sit on the Fed to chair the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs? If we don’t close that enthusiasm gap, Mr. Shelby will be chair, as he’s the ranking member. Maybe some help in New Hampshire for Paul Hodes is in order?
Onward! (below the flip)
Onward to why Democrats in general on a national basis — Mr. Jacoby. Yeah, you may want to lick a napkin to get that taste out. In any case, Jeff Jacoby believes that Americans really don’t like the the elimination of lifetime coverage limits, “free” immunization for children, and the elimination of co-pays for mammograms and other preventive care, going on to complain about “the new law’s requirement that such plans must also cover children who are seriously ill.” I can’t help but notice that Dick Cheney isn’t a jerk toward gays (his daughter is gay) and that Nancy Reagan supports stem cell research (which may soon cure Alzheimer’s disease, from which her husband President Ronald Reagan suffered). I don’t know if Mr. Jacoby has children, but even if it would help him come around to see that sick children ought be cured in America, I still won’t wish that his children suffer.
In today’s Globe news and opinion we are reminded that we want Democrats nominating SJC members, how losing the US Senate will result in a committee chair who thinks a Nobel Prize winning economist doesn’t know enough about the economy to be on the Fed, and if we don’t elect folks like Bill Keating, we might lose Speaker Pelosi who has managed to ensure that the US House is always putting out legislation more progressive than the US Senate.
Let’s win the battle of the blogs, but how about you heading over to Act Blue: BMG to drop some coin, then head over to DevalPatrick.com to sign up to do some work today. Live near Cape and Islands? Get to work for Bill Keating, pronto. Live up near Lynne somewheres near the New Hampshire border? Go north young BMGer to work for the Paul Hodes for Senate campaign. Let’s get to work.