A Nicer Birthday Present
With all the sturm und drang I've brought here the last couple days, I have to at least try and change the tone and inject a little optimism. Voters in Maryland's 4th Congressional district have rejected a corporate Bush Dog Democrat, and that's a very meaningful victory:
With every precinct coming in with at least a 10% improvement for (Donna) Edwards over 2006, let me reiterate this point: the new primary voters who are coming out for Barack Obama are also going to result in the first progressive displacement of a centrist, corporate, congressional Democrat via a primary in years. This it it. This is what we have been working for and building for. This is our emerging majority. We finally have the organization, and the voters, and the whole ball of wax. The movement has thoroughly come of age.
Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and the whole gang fought hard to keep Al Wynn in power, They held fundraisers and made sure he was soaked with corporate cash. Donna Edwards had nobody but the people. And the people were enough.
This was a heavily pro-Obama district tonight, with tons of new voters. And they went for Edwards. Barack Obama's going to wake up one day soon and figure out that the movement he's inspiring is a whole lot more progressive than he is, and hopefully that will factor into his potential agenda.
Donna Edwards will not only be a Congresswoman whose vote we can count on, but a real progressive leader in the House. And Al Wynn will be just another lobbyist, with a fat salary so don't weep for him.
Don't mess with the progressive movement.