Tuesday's election was about governing, not politics

(Cross-posted from Think it Through)

The meaning of voters' behavior in Tuesday's elections does not lie in which political party is up and which is down at the moment, but about how government and the people who run it respond to an economy that is ruining the lives of too many people.

Tuesday's outcomes serve as a cold reminder that the public now grades chief executives in politics - mayors, governors, presidents - according to two questions. Voters ask: 1) have you done something constructive to deal with the need for jobs and delivery of services in my town or city or state? 2) Do you empathize with us? Do you even know what it is like to get up every day in the dark, walk a mile and wait outside in the cold for the Path train in Jersey to take you into Manhattan -- to a job that you are not sure will be there in six months. Does the person at the top understand anything about what the person at the bottom - or even the person in the middle -- is going through, especially now, in this economy?

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Cabinet Diary 2 - Secretary of the Treasury (with poll)

It's time to continue our look at the Cabinet in the upcoming Obama administration. Second - Secretary of the Treasury, perhaps the most important appointment President-elect Obama will make, given the current economic circumstances.

There are several excellent options - some who served in the Clinton Administration - some outsiders - and even some paradigm breaking choices. For convenience, I've taken the list from a betting site (yes, it is in the order of the oddsmakers' favorite).

There were Republicans on the list, and I've left out the "I don't believe it" names still on the betting lines such as Phil Gramm and Bob Zoellick. There's also some chatter about keeping Paulson on, temporarily to administer the bailout. So as distasteful as it seems, I kept his name on the list.

Perhaps one key criteria (which you're free to throw to the side of the road) is whether the candidate would inspire confidence in the markets.

(X posted at OpenLeft - will X post at DK, as soon as the clock allows me to post another diary there)

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Fuzzy Math

Did I hear Huckabee correctly when he attempted to compare Biden's Iowa vote total to Palin's winning margin in her race as mayor of Wasilla? Yes - I can certainly see that a woman who can garner 616 votes in a town with more moose than people is a someone to contend with. This is one of his experience arguments?

Let's just say that a strong economy hasn't been a Repubican stronghold and this math certainly supports the argument.

And while I'm on the subject of Palin and moose, "Hold me accountable" is clearly this decade's "Read my lips". You just need the political capital to be able to pull that statement off. Just as NJ Governor Jon Corzine.

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News: 2 Clinton Backers Promise $15M For Revote

The gauntlet is being laid down. As was first broched by James Carville on Friday, two prominant Clinton backers, John Corzine and Ed Rendell, the governors of New Jersey and Pennsylvania are promising to raise $15M for revotes in Florida and Michigan, half the projected cost of $30M. Now it is up to the Obama campaign to pony up and get this done. As I discussed today, The Democrats will lose in the fall if they disenfranchise Florida and Michigan. Obama is stalling and trying to run out the clock with empty rhetoric, procedural mumbo jumbo and false proposals. He's not fooling anyone except his most ardent supporters. He thinks that it will help him win the nomination, but what's the point in winning the battle if you lose the war. That's not leadership.

These states need to have meaningful votes.  Obama may think that he can get the nomination without seating these delegations, but he would lose the general election without Florida and Michigan. It is time for Obama to stop stalling, pony up his share and get this done right for the sake of his candidacy and the party.

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NJ Sales tax hike hits the poorest...the hardest

Here's what Jon Corzine said in 2000 when he ran for U.S. Senate against former New Jersey Governor, Jim Florio:

According to newspaper accounts, in a May 2000 debate with Florio, Corzine described the sales tax as "the most regressive of taxes, the one that falls on the people least able to pay for it."

"If we were forced into a tax increase, as the governor said we were, we should have looked for other taxes to accomplish what was needed," Corzine said in the New Jersey Jewish News.

[Associated Press, Tom Hester Jr.; June 23, 2006]

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