Republican U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe is not running for re-election this year. With no incumbent in office, in a state with a relatively small population, there’s a chance for a bit of effort to help create a real shift the politics of the U.S. Senate.
Could it go in a more liberal direction?
There’s Benjamin Pollard, an environmental activist. That’s cool, but he writes in the first substantive lines of his Issues page that, “The partisan divisions in our Congress and in our nation have become so severe that our national security is now more at risk than at any time since the end of the Cold War.” Is our national security now more at risk than at any time since 1989? I’m not seeing it. This kind of thinking can lead in great leaps and bounds to a vote in favor of war. It was bipartisan fervor, not partisan divisions, that got us into the quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Matt Dunlap doesn’t even bring up foreign policy on his issues page. His ideas about environmental policy are also missing. He seems roughly progressive on economic issues, but voters need to know more. It’s not just the economy, stupid.
Cynthia Dill doesn’t include environmental issues on her issues page, but she uses a very encouraging phrase when discussing foreign policy: “We must begin to beat swords into ploughshares…” She also is on the record as having voted in favor of marriage equality.
Then there’s Jon Hinck. Hinck doesn’t have an issues page yet, but he does remind us that he was a co-founder of Greenpeace USA. That’s intriguing, but what would you do in the U.S. Senate? Co-found a Greenpeace caucus?
It’s just a few weeks until the Democratic primary election, and still, these candidates all need to bring the voters more information.