Skip to main content

New Senate Breed: Liberal And Proud Of It

30 Nov 2012

New Senate Breed: Liberal And Proud Of It

There’s a new gang of senators who ran their campaigns as unabashed progressives and won. Several of them will replace more moderate predecessors, led by Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a hero of the left who reclaimed the seat of the original liberal lion: Sen. Ted Kennedy. Warren, Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) join newly reelected Democratic Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island to strengthen a once-dwindling group of die-hard liberals. Howard Dean might say these are the folks who belong to “the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party.” They are pro-gay marriage, pro-union, favor tax increases on the wealthy and support Obamacare. In some ways, they are populist throwbacks — in the spirit of Paul Wellstone or Hubert Humphrey — who don’t flinch from explaining the positive role that government can play in people’s lives. But the question in a divided Senate is whether the new liberals will be hard-liners who refuse to compromise with those on the other side of the aisle or negotiators.

Related Posts

Washington Report March 18, 2016

WHO IS MERRICK GARLAND? ... BUDGET MELTDOWN ... TRUMP K-O, CLINTON SWEEP ... BERNIE HIJACKS...

Capstone CEO John Rogers on Defense Spending…Post Election

November 2, 2016 Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel U.S. military spending at Wisconsin companies has...

A Tale of Two Parties

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to an event out in Lake Country...

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.