HI-Sen: Why the blogosphere should care

(cross-posted at Deny My Freedom)

Senator Daniel Akaka of Hawaii has had a long and distinguished career of public service for America's 50th - and arguably most beautiful - state. After serving 7 terms in the House of Representatives, he was appointed to his Senate seat in 1990 to serve out the last 4 years of the late Spark Matsunaga's Senate term. Since then, he has won re-election twice handily. However, this year, Akaka is facing a serious challenge - and not from the Republican Party, which is virtually nonexistent in Hawaii with the exception of Governor Linda Lingle. Instead, similar to what recently occurred in Connecticut, Akaka's serious challenge is coming from within the Democratic Party. Unlike Connecticut, though, Akaka faces a challenge from the right in the form of Ed Case, who currently holds Akaka's old seat in Hawaii's 2nd District. There have been some valiant folks in the blogosphere, such as schultzy and Shliapnikov at Daily Kos who have been trying to get the race the attention it deserves. Unlike Joe Lieberman, Daniel Akaka has been reliably liberal - and more importantly, a reliable Democratic vote (with the exception of ANWR, but that is a separate issue) on the important issues of our time.

If we can step up and lend a great deal of time, money, and support to Ned Lamont, surely we can spare some for a sitting senator who is the better Democrat in his race.

Recently, Akaka and Case made their second joint appearance together during their bitterly contested primary. While the setting wasn't that of a traditional debate, the two had a chance to showcase themselves:

Akaka, 81, squarely addressed the issue of his age, saying the elderly should not be cynically dismissed as frail and disposable but valued as kupuna who have wisdom and experience.

The senator also embraced his role as a liberal who has challenged President Bush on the war in Iraq, the USA Patriot Act and tax breaks for the wealthy, suggesting that the moderate Case would not stand up to the administration.

"Who is going to do that for us in Washington, D.C.? Who will be the alternative voice, that persistent conscience?" Akaka asked. "Will it be Republicans? Or even individuals who claim to be Democrats but vote to the contrary?

"Or will they just rubber-stamp the administration's decisions?"

Case, 53, acknowledged that the primary is a difficult and emotional choice for many but asked people to look honestly at the need for leadership transition. He said planning for transition is routine in business, the military and in many families and warned that it would be a mistake for Hawai'i to fail to recognize its importance in the Senate.

Akaka is speaking truth to power here. If one looks at Case's record as recorded by Progressive Punch, he is ranked 163 out of 435 in the House of Representatives. Considering that there are currently 202 Democrats in the House, this means that he is near the bottom within the Democratic Party - something that should not happen when one is the representative from a deep blue state. While he has a perfect record on reproductive rights, he has a relatively low percentage on matters of civil and criminal justice, housing, and most importantly, the war on Iraq. Case was not a member of the House when the vote was cast, but Akaka was one of 23 senators to vote against the Iraqi war resolution in October 2002. Akaka's Progressive Punch scorecard ranks him 11th in the Senate, or in the top quarter of Senate Democrats. His lowest ranking is on the environment, in no due part because of his votes for authorizing ANWR to be opened up for drilling. However, those votes are part of a special relationship that Alaska and Hawaii have as the two non-contiguous states in America. It is not reflective of an open hostility towards environmental issues.

Case is using Akaka's light legislative heft as a weapon against him - something Time Magazine said when they ranked Akaka as one of the five worst senators in the country. He made no bones about saying that it was Hawaii's other senator, Daniel Inouye, who is responsible for getting anything done for Hawaii:


Case said U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawai'i, is responsible for most of Hawai'i's influence in the Senate and claimed that Akaka's three decades in the House and Senate have "not been marked by significant achievement."

Case cited as an example the procedural vote in June against Akaka's Native Hawaiian federal recognition bill, which the senator had sought for six years, as "clearly a failure of effectiveness on the floor of the United States Senate."

"There have been no markers of national leadership in a 30-year career. There has been a 'don't make waves' approach," Case said. "That's not going to get our national problems solved. If we're just going to kind of go along to get along, we're never going to dig our way out of the problems that we face."

The bill Case is referring to is the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, which would have given similar provisions of sovereignty to some parts of Hawaii that are currently enjoyed by Native Americans. The bill failed to get cloture, falling short by the 4 votes necessary (2 of which would have been provided by Rockefeller and Schumer, had they been present) to break a filibuster. As you can see, the two Alaskan senators, Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski, voted for this bill, even though the rest of their party was widely against the measure. This isn't a failure on Akaka's part; instead, it's simply the problem when you're a minority party by 10 seats - it's very difficult to flip that many Republicans to vote with the Democrats on an issue they see no reason to. Case, being a member of a House of Representatives that is run like a dictatorship, should understand just how difficult it is to get anything done in a GOP-controlled chamber.

The main difference of opinion, of course, rests on Iraq. Akaka was one of 13 senators to vote for the Kerry/Feingold resolution, which calls for our troops to leave Iraq within a year. Case, on the other hand, advocates the same open-ended committment that the GOP has been offering, saying the situation has to be stabilized before we leave. Given the continuing chaos in Iraq, it's becoming increasingly clear that our continued occupation of the country is not serving to advance any sort of progress. The last thing we need is to gain a senator within our own party who could very well become the next Joe Lieberman, echoing GOP talking points on how we need to 'prosecute' the war. We gained a potential Democratic vote in the Senate with Lamont's primary victory. Let's make sure we don't lose it due to Case knocking off Akaka.

It's hard to gauge just how close this race is. In the latest Rasmussen poll, Akaka only holds an extremely narrow edge over Case, with both easily beating the Republican challenger.


According to the most recent Rasmussen Reports election poll, Sen. Akaka leads Case 47% to 45%.  That's a surprisingly narrow margin for the incumbent war veteran who has represented the Aloha State in the Senate since 1990.

Akaka and Case are both viewed Very Favorably by 23% of the states' voters.  Case slightly edges out Akaka on overall favorable ratings, however,

Regardless of which candidate wins on September 23, it appears that the seat will remain safely in the Democrats' hands.  Assuming Akaka is the party's candidate, 58% of voters surveyed prefer him to Republican Jerry Coffee (30%.)  Should Case succeed in unseating Akaka, 63% say they'll vote for him over Coffee (21%.)

The reason I say it's hard to really tell what is happening in this race is because of what other polls say. In the most recent Honolulu Advertiser poll (done in July), it shows Akaka ahead 51%-40%. However, in a poll of likely Democratic primary voters, Akaka has a wide lead, 55%-35%. The Rasmussen poll was a poll of all voters in Hawaii, which has an open primary taking place on September 23. One should be able to run in the primary on the strength of their Democratic credentials, but it seems like Case, like Lieberman is now doing in the general election in Connecticut, is trying to appeal to non-Democratic voters:

U.S. Rep. Ed Case is asking all voters who want change to pull a Democratic ballot in his September primary against U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, a strategy political analysts consider a gamble because it suggests Case will attract independent and Republican voters to help contain Akaka's advantage among establishment and progressive Democrats who are more likely to vote.

Case said he is not specifically targeting independents or Republicans in his U.S. Senate campaign but says his message of change and the need for leadership transition appeals to mainstream Hawai'i.

"We certainly believe that our candidacy is universal," Case said. "It doesn't matter whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, some other party or independent, to understand the need for transition, to want change, to want better performance in the U.S. Senate.

Supporting a stay-the-course strategy can hardly be called a movement towards change, Mr. Case. In addition, the liberals and progressives who are voting in the primary are strongly supporting Akaka in his race. Even Dennis Kucinich, who placed 2nd in Hawaii's 2004 Democratic presidential primary (behind John Kerry), will be coming to campaign for Akaka. The folks on the ground are making sure that the truth comes out about the candidates - Akaka is the true progressive/liberal candidate, whereas Case is merely a milquetoast DLC member (who is strangely disavowed by the group, despite being a member) who is not representative of his constituents. Take a look at Case's campaign website, and the only visible link to policy issues is the environment. Nothing about Iraq - hell, nothing about much of anything besides Case's public appearances and mentions in the media. Akaka has a whole host of issues that he discusses, even his undoubtedly unpopular stand on ANWR.

While the blogosphere basks in the post-primary glow of the victory in Connecticut, don't forget about the primary in Hawaii that is less than six weeks away. It's imperative that Daniel Akaka remains the junior senator from Hawaii. Whereas Ed Case has been a voice of cautious, DLC-style moderation that no longer works in today's environment in Washington, Akaka has been a strong supporter of liberal and progressive causes during his 16-year tenure - causes he shares with the netroots. Let's ensure that he goes back to Washington for 6 more years, a senator who truly represents not only the Democratic Party, but his constituents - the residents of Hawaii.

Tags: 2006 elections, Daniel Akaka, Ed Case, HI-Sen (all tags)

Comments

41 Comments

Re: HI-Sen: Why the blogosphere should care

Akaka lost my support at the Arctic Refuge. Then fed us a bunch of shit about "supporting indigenous people," which is fine, but wasn't the case. It was just cause he was dealing with Frist.

That said, nobody is perfect, and if I were in HI i'd vote for Akaka, but he has done nothing to excite me enough to support him from NC.
respectfully,
jw

by faithfull 2006-08-14 06:45AM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Why the blogosphere should care

This is what happens when Democrats govern like Republicans -- they lose support. Maybe Akaka will think twice in the future before voting to rape a wilderness area or wildlife refuge.

by Sitkah 2006-08-14 09:34AM | 0 recs
Agreed

I will not send money to Akaka unless he makes it full and clear that we can count on him not to make that stupid vote again - not because I'm a purist, but because he knows full well that his vote was wrong and did it anyway. I don't care for what motive.

If he wanted his recognition bill so badly, perhaps he should have found a way to convince people through his debate skills rather than dispicable horse trading.

All that aside, I also hope he wins this election.

by surfbird007 2006-08-14 10:51AM | 0 recs
Re: Agreed

Akaka is also tardy in support of the Democratic candidate for Senate in CT -- Ned Lamont.

His supporters should really get onto him about it.

by Sitkah 2006-08-14 12:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Agreed

Done. Looks like he endorsed him.

by surfbird007 2006-08-15 10:44AM | 0 recs
Re: Agreed

Why can't anyone who claims Akaka has endorsed Lamont demonstrate it? It shouldn't be difficult at all if it's true.

by Sitkah 2006-08-15 11:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Agreed

OK. Here's the link I've been requesting.....Akaka supports Lamont

by Sitkah 2006-08-15 11:44AM | 0 recs
Akaka & Inoye Made a Deal

The deal of mutual support for the Alaska and Hawaii delegations was not worth it, in my opinion, but it was made many years ago and Akaka has stood by it. The "Akaka Bill" would give native Hawaiians similar rights to Indian tribes, but it gets into thorny racial and historical issues that have made it controversial in Hawaii. Conservatives don't like it because it makes federal funds and federal status available to Hawaiians. From Akaka's perspective the Alaskans are supporting Hawaiian issues and he is supporting Alaskan issues in return.  Unfortunately, the larger  issue of the global environment is lost in this perspective. ANWR is not a local issue.

Obviously, Case is trying to win by picking up independent votes in the primary. [Voters don't have to register for any party in Hawaii so many voters are independent.] His vote for the bankruptcy bill should make you rethink your position. He hasn't been as extreme a Bush enabler on Iraq as Lieberman, but he's definitely  supported Bush. You might call Case, Lieberman Lite.

Race and culture is also an issue here.  Case is the candidate of the North American/Japanese business interests.  Akaka represents Pacific Islanders and a diverse multicultural and multiethnic working class constituency. I believe that Pacific Islanders need a Senator who represents their culture and way of life.  If ever there was a "nice guy" candidate who stands for the politics of positive relationships, it is Akaka. Unfortunately, you are now holding that against him, even though he is clearly the more progressive candidate.

I lived in Hawaii for almost 10 years. It's a complicated political climate, hard for an outsider to understand.  But, for a progressive, this election is a no-brainer. Case is a DLC Dem.  Akaka is a proven progressive. Akaka deserves your support.

by FishOutofWater 2006-08-14 11:13AM | 0 recs
That is important

Who would be better, Akaka or Case? I'm fairly sure the answer is Akaka, but what is Akaka doing to energize the local activists in Hawaii? Because we've seen how essential a good ground game is. And because it's Hawaii it's something that is a lot harder to affect than Connecticut.

I'm willing to support Akaka but I think he needs to do more to reach out to the blogosphere and progressive netroots to engage us in a discussion of his positions.

by MNPundit 2006-08-14 02:47PM | 0 recs
Re: That is important

The Hawaii ground game is deeply entrenched in the communities.  When you consider the cost of living and remove the wealthy snowbirds and part time residents you discover that Hawaii is one of the poorest states in the U.S. Local politics is hands on.  On Kauai candidates and supporters stake out the major intersections and wave signs.  Candidates appear at almost all the parades and community events. Technology driven organizing is important in the wealthier neighborhoods but politics is mostly old style.

Labor unions still have power in Hawaii. Right now, nurses are on strike at Kauai's main hospital.  http://kauaiworld.com/
'Doctors march in support'
"In a move striking nurses hailed as "a huge moral boost," about a dozen Kaua`i physicians gathered at the entrance of Wilcox Memorial Hospital yesterday to march for an immediate resolution to the ongoing standoff between the hospital and the Hawai`i Nurses Association."

Oahu-based management wants to get rid of LPNs (licensed practical nurses) because they are unionized and had the temerity to go on strike to stand up for patient safety. This is an attack on Kauai's excellent nursing education program as well as the union. The best LPNs get job experience then get trained as RNs. Kauai's health care system is in critical condition and the other outer islands are in deep trouble.

Right now, in my opinion, the most important local issue in Hawaii to progressives is the nurses strike. It's simply not safe to live on an island, or in a land, where profits come before patient safety. Democratic Congressional candidates Gary Hoosier and Mazie Hirono have marched with the nurses.  What about Case and Akaka?

by FishOutofWater 2006-08-14 08:13PM | 0 recs
Re: Akaka & Inoye Made a Deal

well put! I wish Akaka luck, and I DONT agree with Sitkah that he governs like a Republican. He doesnt. The Arctic Refuge just happens to be a top issue for me, though forgivable in the larger scheme. But he also hasnt done a lot, that Ive seen, to lead on progressive causes or causes that are near and dear to me. Though, I understand that overall he has a good voting record.

Also, Im sure HI politics are difficult to understand from the Appalachian Mountains. I appreciate your explanation of the bill. I remember the talk about it, and I knew it was somehting he had done for a long time before.

All that said, its up to Hawaiians. If I were there, Id vote AKAKA!

by faithfull 2006-08-14 05:53PM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Why the blogosphere should care

Come on people--Case is so pro-business and isn't all that environmental but he knows it is a wedge issue that he can use to pry away stupid progressives.

Case wants it both ways--just like Loserman. He has said he is a moderate who doesn't like left extremists(he openly criticized the netroots) but also wants to try and be a progressive dem.  Don't be fooled he is for staying the course and voted for the bankruptcy bill.  He is a blue-dog DLC type for crying out loud.  

by burroughs 2006-08-14 01:48PM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Why the blogosphere should care

stupid progressives.

Well, I'm a liberal. So I guess that means I'm not stupid for not sending him money.

Want to know what stupid really is? It's voting with Bush to drill for oil in ANWR without realizing it will cost support among those who are against it.

Not yet supporting Ned Lamont is stupid too.

Akaka's supporters need to tell him two things loud and clear. Promise not to vote that way again and support Lamont if he wants any measurable support from "stupid progressives".

by Sitkah 2006-08-14 02:04PM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Why the blogosphere should care

He is supporting Lamont, I don't have the link but he did say it. Inouye is the one who is wavering. The vote on ANWR came after all the voting was done and everyone knew it didn't matter one way or the other on the final outcome of the vote.

The real question is do you want a full on moderate bi-partisan type who will sell out the party any chance he gets or do you want a progressive who made one inconsequential vote to sure up support for the Akaka bill. If you support Case then I think you are a stupid progressive--the type that allow one special interest to overshadow the the pragmatic common good.  That is why special interest has taken us away from the common good and pushed towards Republican individualism.

by burroughs 2006-08-14 03:49PM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Why the blogosphere should care

Also the phrase stupid progressives was referring to my fellow Hawaii voters who are easily persuaded b/c they don't do their homework.  Its no coincidence that Case is now running these bogus environmental ads just b/c he knows it is the one issue he is supposedly more progressive on.

by burroughs 2006-08-14 03:52PM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Why the blogosphere should care

A few points in response......

1) I can't find a verifiable thing about Akaka supporting Lamont. I'm not calling anyone a liar, just saying that perhaps some are mistaken or merely building their own wishes into a non-existant reality. A link would settle all doubt though.

2) Calling people stupid is a stupid way to get them to support a candidate.

3) Just in case you didn't get it earlier -- I'm not for Case. And a number of comments on this diary from other "stupid progressives" make it clear that despite the many good things about Akaka, he has some fences to mend if he wants support from them and others who feel as they do.

4) OK. Now you can start calling stupid again those who don't agree with you 100%.

by Sitkah 2006-08-14 04:53PM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Why the blogosphere should care

The vote on ANWR came after all the voting was done and everyone knew it didn't matter one way or the other on the final outcome of the vote.

Thats not true. We lost 51-49. With the HI senators, we win.  I support Akaka, and I understand the Hawaii bill, but we knew which way he was voting before it happened.

by faithfull 2006-08-14 05:56PM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Why the blogosphere should care

Yeah I apologize I was looking back at the 2002 vote not the recent one.  Really I'm not a huge fan of Akaka but I don't want to imagine having Case in office.  As a dem here in Hawaii it has been hard to see him constantly undermining the dem party here.  He is a rich, opportunistic career politician and if thats what you want for your leadership then so be it, but I'd take an ineffective old man who will be gone soon anyway.

by burroughs 2006-08-14 08:57PM | 0 recs
Akaka Endorses Lamont, Case Endorses Lieberman

Senator Akaka has publicly announced that he is endorsing Ned Lamont.  On the other hand, Ed Case has announced that he is endorsing Lieberman as an independent.

Need I say more.

Andy Winer
Campaign Manager
Akaka in 2006

by andy winer 2006-08-14 06:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Akaka Endorses Lamont, Case Endorses Lieberman

Can we get an official statement like on the Akaka website or something.  Also can someone put some pressure on Inouye to not support Lieberman.  I'm not sure if you have that kind of sway but it would sure be nice.  I'm out here on the North Shore proudly supporting Akaka.  Thanks for your work Andy.

by burroughs 2006-08-14 08:59PM | 0 recs
Re: Akaka Endorses Lamont, Case Endorses Lieberman

Case endorsed Lieberman's 2004 presidential run.

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/articl e/2006/Aug/05/ln/FP608050352.html
"Case endorsed Lieberman in his 2004 presidential bid. He said he also supports Lieberman in the primary against Lamont and in an independent campaign if he loses. "I believe our country desperately needs moderate, independent senators to actually get things done," he said.

"Several liberal and progressive Democrats in Hawai'i have described Case as a "Democrat In Name Only (DINO)" for his position on the war, his vote to extend the USA Patriot Act, and his support for capital gains and alternative minimum tax breaks favored by the White House."

by FishOutofWater 2006-08-15 04:33AM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Why the blogosphere should care

I grew up in Hawaii.  Akaka has never been as effective as Inouye, but Chase will doubtless be much worse...both for the nation and for Hawaii.

Here's three straightforward reasons to support Akaka:

  1. If the Dems take the Senate, Akaka will be a solid vote on progressive issues (ANWAR will be off the table then anyway, which is his only major weakness).
  2. If the Dems don't take the senate, Chase will certainly be a Gang of 14 accomodationist Senator.  Coming from Hawaii, that's insane
  3. We just got Lieberman out (hopefully).  Are we really going to let another Lieberman in to take his place?  Letting Chase win will undo everything the Lieberman challenge was supposed to do.

I'm hopeful Akaka will win -- challenging someone's age is a bad strategy in Hawaii, which shares a Pacific/Asian cultural value of respecting elders (or at least it used to...)

And I can't resist, but can we get off of ANWAR?  Of course I oppose drilling there, but there are far more important issues -- Iraq, reigning Bush in, the supreme court, etc...  This is a challenge from the RIGHT, folks -- Chase would certainly vote for ANWAR as well.

Today, I'll be sending Akaka the same amount I contributed to Lamont.  Thanks for the diary.

by glassonion 2006-08-14 08:14AM | 0 recs
Akaks Supports Progressive Agenda; Case Doesn't

Thanks for making some great points (and also for the contribution).  Senator Akaka has steadfastly opposed the War in Iraq, the Patriot Act, and Bush's tax policies.  Case has joined with Republicans on all of these issues and more.

In 2005, Case voted for the Republican Study Committee's budget proposal known as the Hensarling Amendment.  This awful piece of legislation would have slashed $58 billion from environmental, health, and education programs, and it called for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, the Advanced Technology Program, and Title X family planning programs.

A majority of Republicans rejected this punitive budget, but Case was the ONLY Dem to support it.
The blogosphere is beginning to tune into this race, and we do appreciate the attention.

Andy Winer
Campaign Manager
Akaka in 2006

by andy winer 2006-08-14 08:48AM | 0 recs
Akaka Needs to Listen to Environmentalists

Thanks, Andy, we hear you.

Now will you take a second to listen? The pro-development ANWR votes by Hawaii's senators undermined the whole Democratic Party and its principles. It hurt Akaka greatly with voters who are concerned about the environment, people who would otherwise be core supporters. Recent events have shown that oil does leak and that development is harming the north slope of Alaska. If  you want Akaka to get reelected, get him to change his position on ANWR. He has ample political cover for changing his mind given the recent leaks.

by FishOutofWater 2006-08-14 11:24AM | 0 recs
Re: Akaka Supports Progressive Agenda; Case Doesn'
I have and will support Sen Akaka for many of the reasons mentioned by others. However the are two issues that Sen Akaka has not addressed firmly (as far as I know) and should. These are:
  1. Support for the Connecticut Democratic primary winner, Net Lamont
  2. Support for strong network neutrality
I hope that Sen Akaka will address both of these concerns.
by mjs 2006-08-14 11:48AM | 0 recs
Lamont and Net Neutrality

Senator Akaka has announced his support for Ned Lamont as well as his strong support for net neutrality.  On the other hand, Case has endorsed Lieberman if he runs as an independent.

Andy Winer

by andy winer 2006-08-14 11:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Lamont and Net Neutrality
Thanks Andy, When I called the Senator's office last week re Lamont I was told that Sen Akaka "had not released a statement yet." Sorry I missed the more recent announcement, but very good to hear. And thanks for the news re net neutrality.
by mjs 2006-08-14 12:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Lamont and Net Neutrality

I can't find any news of Akaka endorsing or supporting Lamont.

All I find are commentaries saying it's so, but nothing hard.

Anyone have a link to factual verification?

by Sitkah 2006-08-14 02:13PM | 0 recs
False

Case would not support drilling in ANWR.  He has opposed it in the House and he will oppose it in the Senate.

Now, I'm not excited about Case, although I way prefer him on the ANWR issue, which is pretty goddamn important.  It's because of that issue that I'm not excited about Akaka either.  No matter who wins the Hawaii primary, we're stuck with a Democrat who is willing to sell out key principles for short-term political game.  No way in hell they're getting my money.

by lorax 2006-08-14 03:16PM | 0 recs
excellent post on an important race

for progressive purposes.

by NuevoLiberal 2006-08-14 08:51AM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Why the blogosphere should care

Case is Lieberman in an Aloha shirt.

Akaka is not my favorite but compared to Case he's a Saint. I don't like many of Akaka's votes but

Lets not cut off our noses to spite our faces.

Akaka in 04, Abercrombie in 2010.

by Rational 2006-08-14 02:03PM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Why the blogosphere should care

Here is the dirt on this race.  The party wanted Case to run for Gov. and he said Ok if they would give him Inouye's Senate seat.  The party said that was Abercrombie's seat and so Case said well then I'll just run for Akaka's now.  He screwed over the party and now we will have Lingle as Gov. again and possibly this DINO as senator.

The point is Akaka will die soon anyway, and then we can elect a real progressive like Abercrombie.  If not then we will have Case in for life b/c its so hard to kick out an incumbent unless they are the miracle man Ned Lamont.

by burroughs 2006-08-14 03:57PM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Why the blogosphere should care

its so hard to kick out an incumbent unless they are the miracle man Ned Lamont.

So if case kicks out Akaka he'll be a miracle man like Lamont?

by Sitkah 2006-08-14 08:36PM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Why the blogosphere should care

More like a Laffey kicking out a Chafee.  All I'm saying is if he gets in it will be a whole lot harder for Abercrombie or another true progressive to get in.  Do we really want a Blue-dog Dem as a senator from Hawaii?

by burroughs 2006-08-14 08:54PM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Why the blogosphere should care

I'm not trying to convince anybody who to support or vote for -- just saying that any Democrat who votes to drill in ANWR is asking for trouble down the road -- and Akaka has gotten it apparently.

Like I said earlier, he needs to mend his fences, and quickly.

(And we're still waiting for confirmation on the claim that he supports Lamont.)

by Sitkah 2006-08-14 10:04PM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Why the blogosphere should care

Less than 60 seconds with Google found this:

http://www.mauinews.com/story.aspx?id=22 271

The article is long. If you keep reading, though, eventually there's a paragraph where Akaka says he'll support Lamont if Lieberman runs as an independent.

by KB 2006-08-15 04:22AM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Why the blogosphere should care

When he does, be sure to let us know.

by Sitkah 2006-08-15 06:06AM | 0 recs
Much as it pains me...

I agree a little with Sitkah ;)

I don't expect Akaka to rush over to Connecticut or anything but a quick little blurb on his website or something of "I support Democrat Ned Lamont over primary-loser Joe Lieberman" would be great.

That said, he said it in print and that's good enough for me.

by MNPundit 2006-08-15 07:39AM | 0 recs
Re: Much as it pains me...

That said, he said it in print and that's good enough for me.

I still can't any endorsement of Lamont by Akaka. You'd think if it had happened one person could link to it.

by Sitkah 2006-08-15 08:33AM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Why the blogosphere should care

Any DCDem who doesn't support Lamont isn't going to get much support around here.

by Sitkah 2006-08-14 10:06PM | 0 recs
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