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November 25, 2008

John Dingell Ousted!

Filed under: Energy/Climate,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 2:19 am
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I’m a couple days behind the news on this one, but it’s certainly worth mentioning. Here’s an interesting article in case you want more background

For anyone who doesn’t know, Democrat John Dingell of Michigan has been one of the most powerful members of Congress, and held his seat for well over half a century. He used to be the chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Dingell is one of the main reasons why environmental and climate legislation has been so difficult to pass in the House. He “protected” the auto industries fro decades from improved CAFE standards, and emissions standards. Ironically enough, he’s probably one of the main reasons why the auto industry has been driven into the ground. Dingell’s chairmanship was challenged by Henry Waxman of California, a Congressman who has been much more proactive on energy and environmental legislation. Just having Democrats in control of Congress isn’t enough. We need to have the right Democrats in charge of the right committees. I’m looking forward to seeing how things change in 2009 with Henry Waxman as the new chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

It’s about time John Dingell got what he deserved.

October 4, 2008


Filed under: National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 11:12 pm
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Look Out!

Look Out!

I read an interesting article “60 seats“, about how the Democrats may reach 60 seats in the Senate once you count the two independents which caucus with them. It sounds like a bit of the stretch, but the number will definately be in the high 50’s. As for the house, we’re looking at 17-21 more seats swing Dem. And right now, Obama’s prospects of taking the White House look good. Quite frankly I’d like to see this domination just because I had to put up with 6 years of Republican rule full of bullshit. I want conservatives to go through the same headache for what they put this country through. So I hope the Democrats sweep. And I hope they slam as many progressive policies as possible down the throats of conservatives.

In reality, I think we’ll own the House, have the Presidency, but only have a majority in the Senate, not 60 seats. Another point of reality, is that the Democrats better make this country look very good very fast. It’s going to be very hard to hold a lot of these seats which are in typically conservative Districts. People don’t seem to have an appetite for allowing a party to dominate every branch of government. The tough part is that Bush has left such a mess and a gigantic deficit that it will be hard for the Dems to look too good. I’m looking wayyyy too far ahead, but I think, and fear that many of the gains we make in 2008 will be lost in 2010 and 2012.

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