One of the things that amuses me is when I see the typical demographic of Tea Party or “true conservative” Republican Party members. Why does it amuse me? Well, I fall into that demographic as well. I’m in my 50′s, a rural white male. My childhood was spent in rural areas, and today I live in one. We were (and are) hard working, independent, “take care of yourself and your family” people. I had a strong religious background, in fact, many people assumed that when I grew up I’d be a minister. I went to college, joined the military afterward, and after leaving, went to work in the private sector. I even ran my own business for a few years. So “obviously” I should be a conservative Republican, not a liberal Democrat!
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Yesterday was sad news here for Democrats in New York’s 21′st District: Congressman Bill Owens has decided not to run.
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, a Plattsburgh Democrat who was first elected in 2009, abruptly said he will not seek re-election in November to the 21st Congressional District, sending North Country Democrats scrambling to find a successor less two months before ballot petitioning begins.
It’s a little frustrating that he waited this long to make the decision, but the “scrambling” is something that demonstrates why local and other elections are important.
Back in the early days of this blog, I defined my stance as a pragmatic liberal:
I’m a pragmatic liberal and a realist. What that means is that I will always go with “what works” over an impractical solution, or take what is achievable for now versus doing without anything in the vague hope that “the perfect” will somehow happen. I recognize that “all or nothing” often means nothing, and that if nothing hurts a lot more people than something, I’ll take the something – every time.
One of the things I’ve noted is that purists tend to be quite willing to propose impractical solutions, or accept nothing at all, if it means “not perfect” is the alternative according to their lights.
While the rollout of the federal exchange was … problematic, those problems have been mostly ironed out. No, it’s not “perfect,” but it’s apparent that it’s well on track to performing as it should. Will it ever not have glitches? No, but that’s the nature of information technology, particularly any complex system. It also won’t be for everyone, since there’s a dizzying array of personal conditions that don’t quite fit what can be done on a website and have to be handled in person, or people who simply refuse to learn to use technology. That said, it seems to be doing a lot of business, both in the state and in the federal exchanges.
Spandan C over at The People’s View has an great post up about “liberals” disappointment in President Obama. It’s a brutal takedown of Liz Halloran’s NPR posting about how Obama spent the year “disappointing the liberal base.” It’s a laundry list of what he hasn’t done, which supposedly he should have accomplished despite having to deal with all the other “minor issues” like government shutdowns, international crises, among other issues. It’s not the only one like that, a quick look at around various professional liberals show a remarkable similarity along the same lines What it gives me is a sense of deja vu, mostly because I’ve seen exactly the same complaints before.