Confessions of a Hoosier Democrat

Blogging Indiana Politics and the 2008 Presidential Race.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Indiana Election Countdown

I have the great honor of being one of the Indiana correspondents for All America PAC's Indiana Election Countdown.

From now until election day we will be posting news and events from around Indiana and the wave turns Indiana from Red to Blue.

Catch me there!


  • At November 16, 2006 2:59 PM, Blogger Snave said…

    Thanks for visiting my weblog! I find your site interesting, and I am of the opinion that for Democrats to take the White House in 2008, a candidate who can "resonate" with people in "red states" is important. From what I have seen and heard of Evan Bayh so far, I think he might be a good Democratic candidate in 2008. I don't think he would be anywhere near as polarizing as Hillary Clinton. While I like Feingold, I think he might be too far to the left to be electable. The Dems have had a tough go of it for some time now, and I would be happiest with just seeing them get their collective foot back in the door at the White House level.

    If I recall correctly, Bayh was a two-term governor. I believe Illinois' Rod Blagojevich is now a two-termer (and I believe I even spelled his name correctly!) I am also impressed with him, as well as with Iowa's Tom Vilsack and Michigan's Jennifer Granholm. They may all be farther to the left than Bayh, but they are nonetheless popular Democrats from America's "heartland". Oklahoma's Brad Henry is another moderate Democrat who I think could also fit into the larger Democratic picture somewhere. Of course Granholm was not born in the U.S., but I am still impressed by her politics.

    In the region where I live (NE Oregon), it is a very "red state" kind of place... but the west end of Oregon, particularly Portland and Eugene, tend to make our state "blue" when all the votes are counter. NE Oregon is much closer to Idaho in its political approach. People out here have been hoodwinked into reflexively voting GOP by at least a 2-1 margin in just about all cases... Here, it has to to with misperceptions about environmental and land use issues, mis conceptions the GOP has worked hard to fix in the collective thought process of the people. It may be decades before our Congressional district would elect a Democrat. Our Rep. is Greg Walden, a Bush rubber-stamper who is also not a friend to the environment. I fear he will eventually have to be pried out of office with a crowbar.

    Any time you feel like stopping by at my place, you are welcome, whether you agree or disagree. Most of us there tend to agree, but I for one am always willing to listen. I may be pretty far to the left, but I understand the need to interpret last week's election results not as a request by America for a liberal agenda in the House and Senate, but as a request for greater accountability in government. I don't want to have to work with Republicans, not after the way they kicked us in the ribs repeatedly while we have been down and out for the past six years, but hey... if it is going to help us get the White House back in two years, I think we need to do what it takes: be firm with the other guys, but work on legislation they can also support, not all the time, but at least here and there. I think the GOP wants to rid itself of its Loon Factor, and I think the Dems need to keep their Far Left factor under some degree of control for things to work well. Otherwise... heh... Nobody would be a Bush Redux, but I don't care for any of the potential GOP candidates as much as my least favorite Dems.


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