The Progressive Senate agenda
by Jerome Armstrong, Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 01:53:01 AM EST
I was at the progressive media summit yesterday, learning about the agenda of the Democratic Senators. About 20 of them showed up to take questions over the 5 hours. If I had to sum it up in one word: ambitious.
I recall last year, attending, that the atmosphere was much different. Then, all about stopping Bush; now, a huge agenda of things to do. And promises galore.
Ron Wyden, Universal healthcare-- Kennedy's bill. Harry Reid, Immigration Reform this year; EFCA "still a few more votes for cloture" but this summer. Sherod Brown, Universal healthcare, local green electricity. Byron Dorgan, a national "smart grid" for electricity. Jeff Bingaman, Cap and Trade this cycle. Chuck Schumer, local water/sewer upgrades nationally. Tom Udall, serious start to getting off oil. Jon Tester, all the stimulus to infrastructure jobs (including green).
Hey, lets dream.
Let me just add that Bernie Sanders is to be the conscience of Democrats on going deeper into Afghanistan.
Bob Menendez is upbeat about Kentucky (LT Gov Mongiardo or AG Conway are at a crossroads), but not so much about Florida yet, with Sink dropping out. Yes, I encouraged Alan Grayson to run for the Senate in Florida at the Netroots Nation party on Monday night. Brian Moran also attended the Netroots Nation party in Arlington, while Terry McAuliffe opted to go to the DC-based Huffington Post party instead. I went to both. Walking into DC across the mall, the capital had an Obama night glow. After rubbing elbows with Sting, and getting to say hi to Professor Cornell West, I walked up Penn Ave afterward-- so glad that it was Bush's last night in the White House.
He's gone. I hope we have a good 12 years of Democratic trifecta control to get right the problems he left behind.