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Synecdoche

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

No, not the movie. The rhetorical device, which, to refresh y’all’s memory, is the use of a part for the whole (or the whole for a part). I’m fascinated lately by how often a single action on the part of a relatively small player can give insight into an entire system or organization. For example, I know a woman who yanked her child — now in his thirties — from a private school after the pre-school teacher sent home a note reading, “Sam needs to work on staying inside the lines when he colors.” Fifteen years later, I elected not to consider the school for my kids after hearing that one story – and sure enough, it’s still a very rigid, “traditional” school that isn’t at all the kind of environment I wanted for my kids.

Anyway, I thought about synecdoche this morning when I learned that Jane Harman, one of the House Blue Dogs, has decided to change her mind and support the public option. Why the change of heart? (more…)

Welcome, Senator Franken

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

It’s about time.

It’s Confirmed – Specter Now a Democrat

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

From his statement:

…Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans.

When I supported the stimulus package, I knew that it would not be popular with the Republican Party. But, I saw the stimulus as necessary to lessen the risk of a far more serious recession than we are now experiencing.

Since then, I have traveled the State, talked to Republican leaders and office-holders and my supporters and I have carefully examined public opinion. It has become clear to me that the stimulus vote caused a schism which makes our differences irreconcilable. On this state of the record, I am unwilling to have my twenty-nine year Senate record judged by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate. I have not represented the Republican Party. I have represented the people of Pennsylvania.

I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary.

I am ready, willing and anxious to take on all comers and have my candidacy for re-election determined in a general election…

He says he won’t be a rubber stamp for the Democrats, and I believe him.  He has been willing to stand up to the Republicans in the past.  I’m sure he would have been challenged from the right in the 2010 Republican primary; now we’ll have to wait and see if Democratic primary voters will accept his switch.  If they believe he has “represented the people of Pennsylvania” rather than the Republican party, he has a shot at re-election.

Specter To Switch Parties?

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Sources — identified only as “several officials” in the linked article — say Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) plans to switch parties and will make an announcement later today or tomorrow.  Specter is one of the few moderates left in the Senate; most of his Republican cohorts have stampeded to the right, or at least jumped on the “bash Obama” partisan bandwagon.

I heard him interviewed about his attempts to roll back presidential power grabs on NPR yesterday, and I wondered then why he hadn’t moved away from the party that enabled Bush/Cheney for eight years.  Looks like he’s going to do exactly that.

Wow!  Now if we can just get Norm Coleman to accept reality