Monday, September 18, 2006

Sherrod Brown Hits the Cover of The Nation

The current issue of The Nation magazine has an interesting analysis of why Sherrod Brown's race for a Senate seat from Ohio is being watched so closely by Democrats and other progressives around the country. Besides the obvious reason--without his victory they have no chances to recapture the U.S. Senate, which is unlikely in any event--the cover piece argues that he is one of the few Dems who isn't being cowed by Republican attempts to demagogue on national security, and is instead aggressively tying the party's failures in Iraq to their failed domestic policies:
'If Brown, an antiwar economic populist who supports abortion rights and gay rights, can defeat a Republican incumbent with a special-interest-laden bankroll and Karl Rove-inspired attack ads, then the lesson for Democrats is a dramatic one. Instead of pulling punches, they can throw them. 'What Sherrod's doing is what every Democrat should be doing,' says Roger Tauss, legislative director of the Transport Workers Union. 'The Democrats have had trouble figuring out how to talk about economics. They don't know how to reach people who are hurting but still vote Republican. Sherrod refuses to believe those voters can't be won over.'

Brown is described as having "Kennedyesque looks and Clintonesque memory for facts and figures." Not a bad combination in politics, I'd say. If he eventually wins the seat, as it looks likely he will, we'll just have to wait to see if his spouse reminds people more of Jackie or Hillary.

6 Comments:

At 12:56 PM, Blogger Tim Ferris said...

thank you, John, for the link...I can use this...this particular contest is turning into a good community dialogue, and a good story...I'm especially fond of Mike DeWine's Walter Brennan impersonations...

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Tim,
Those too-folksy DeWine commercials are so awful that I've heard that even many of his supporters and other Republicans are wondering aloud whether he's lost it as a strong candidate. It's one thing to have a bad TV ad, but to have something that terrible serve as your main campaign TV ad, and to persist in using it after it's been so universally condemned as pitiful suggests that his campaign has some deeper problems. They seem to have a basic failure to listen, which is generally the kiss of death for any candidate. Myself, I'd prefer he continue to use it right up to the election.

 
At 2:17 AM, Blogger Daniella said...

A friend of mine asked me about Sherrod just the other night. She wanted to know if she should vote for him. I told her Brown is the best candidate.

He is tough enough to win and he does have better ads. I was embarrassed listening to DeWine's ads but a little please that so much money did not succeed in hiding how there is no fight left in him because he sees the writing on the wall. Ohioans are totally pissed off at the machine that stole our elections not once but twice.

 
At 6:30 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Well said, Daniella. Now that you put it that way, that's precisely how those Dewine ads come across.

 
At 12:51 PM, Blogger K-Oh said...

I just can't see Connie in one of those little pill box hats.

 
At 1:48 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

You're right, of course. She'll create her own fashion statement for others to copy.

 

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