This is a grim story about the care and feeding of a Blue Dog. Right now, Congresswoman Jane Harman is facing a serious primary challenge from a genuine progressive, Marcy Winograd, in Southern California's 36th congressional district.
Incumbent Jane Harman has released a TV spot attacking the positions of her opponent, Marcy Winograd, on the issues of defense spending, Israel, and Winograd's attack on President Obama's Iran nuclear policy.
The so-called smart money is on Harman in next Tuesday's primary, but the incumbent -- like the Israeli government -- has reason to worry. Sometimes, moral revulsion can topple defenders of the indefensible.
A Marcy Winograd win over Jane Harman, akin to Congressional upstart Joe Sestak's win over three decade incumbent Arlen Specter, would further advance the push for change and an end to entitled incumbents.
There have been rumbles lately about how teabaggers turned on Senate Robert Bennett (R-UT) and ended his political career because of his support for Bush's no-strings-attached Wall Street bailout bill in the fall of 2008. Bennett's not alone.
In Congress, I will work to support affordable prices on biologics, so that victims of cancer, HIV, diabetes, Parkinsons, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis can afford the medicine they need to stay alive.
We understand the fear of many insured Californians that health care reform will revoke their current doctors and coverage. But the grim reality is that many more insured people will lose their coverage without reform.
If we accept the 2010 COLA freeze, if seniors fail to grab their bullhorns, then we may be looking at another freeze in 2012, 2013 and beyond, while the Right continues to hammer away at the big lie -- that we cannot afford Social Security.
While Obama weighs Afghanistan policy options, the California Democratic Party's adoption of the resolution is the most tangible indicator yet that escalation of the U.S. war effort can only fuel opposition within the president's own party.
Success in Afghanistan is essential; the United States has invested too many troops and too much treasure to fail. But raising troop levels is the wrong place to start the discussion of how to move forward.