The biggest result of the 2006 congressional election has been disappointment. Sure, the Democrats took majority control over the House and the Senate, but they have failed to bring about the changes they promised. The Democratic congressional leadership has come up with a list of excuses, just like they always do, saying that if they had just a few more votes then, later, two years from now, the Democrats would finally get a backbone. The Democratic leadership always says that, of course. The real problem is that that many Democrats in Congress, including a bunch of those that were elected in 2006, have been voting with the Republicans to support George W. Bush’s agenda.
Now, the Democrats are asking Americans to strengthen their majority control over both houses of Congress, but the more important task for the 2008 elections is to remove the cancer of right wing politicians from the Democratic Party. If the Democrats in Congress were more reliably progressive, America would be in a much healthier position today.
There’s one primary contest coming up in 2008 that bears special attention. Georgia’s 8th congressional district has long been represented by Jim Marshall, a pro-Bush Democrat who is as opposed to core progressive values as many Republicans.
The following is just a sample of the outrageous right wing record of Jim Marshall:
Jim Marshall voted to help George W. Bush start the Iraq War.
Jim Marshall voted for the Patriot Act.
Jim Marshall voted for the Military Commissions Act.
Jim Marshall voted for the Protect America Act.
Jim Marshall voted to allow Head Start bosses to fire workers for nothing more than not belonging to the boss’s church.
Jim Marshall voted against providing expanded SCHIP health care coverage for children, helping George W. Bush maintain his veto.
Thank goodness, there is a Democratic challenger to Congressman Jim Marshall this time around. Democrat Robert Nowak is running an insurgent campaign in the Democratic primary against Congressman Marshall. Consider Robert Nowak’s positions on the issues:
Much of the damage that right wing congressional Democrats like Jim Marshall has done, Robert Nowak would work to undo. Whether you live in Georgia or not, if you’re one of the many Democrats who are angry at the failure of the Democrats in Congress to take a strong stand against the right wing’s agenda of authoritarian destruction, give your support to Robert Nowak, and help to turn your political party around.
Postscript: One of the ways you can help Robert Nowak right now is to take the kind of quick StumbleUpon action I talked about this morning. Visit Robert Nowak’s campaign web site and give it a StumbleUpon thumbs up. Then, go to Jim Marshall’s campaign site and give it a StumbleUpon thumbs down.