Monday, November 13, 2006

The future of the Democratic Party?

I'm loving me some Jon Tester. So far he strikes me as the sort of candidate we need more of -- a populist with actual roots in the working class.
For all the talk about the new Democrats swept into office on Tuesday, the senator-elect from Montana truly is your grandfather’s Democrat — a pro-gun, anti-big-business prairie pragmatist whose life is defined by the treeless patch of hard Montana dirt that has been in the family since 1916. [...]

“You think of the Senate as a millionaire’s club — well, Jon is going to be the blue-collar guy who brings an old-fashioned, Jeffersonian ideal about being tied to the land,” said Steve Doherty, a friend of Mr. Tester’s for 20 years. “He’s a small farmer from the homestead. That’s absolutely who he is. That place defines him.”[...]

On the campaign trail, Mr. Tester spoke often of how “regular folks” just “haven’t been given much of a shake.” He is distrustful of global trade agreements that have hurt farmers, and big drug companies and health maintenance organizations that he says have put medical costs out of reach for many people.

Asked why he became a Democrat in a region that has been overwhelmingly Republican for the last generation, Mr. Tester said: “It started with my parents, who always said the Democrats work for the middle class. And in agriculture, Franklin Roosevelt did a lot of good things.”
Even better, if memory serves, I saw a speech of his where he declared the war on some drugs a failure. If the Dems give me more like him, I might feel like part of the Party again.
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Blogger His Honor the Mayor said...

That's funny, I was just sitting in the Bettendorf, Iowa city library, (thanks for letting me use your computer guys) reading the New York Times about two minutes ago, read that article, and thought the same thing. It's amazing, considering the financial requirments for running for major office that he has gotten as far as he has.

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Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Isn't it though? Not so much the money aspect, I assume the Dem machine funded his campaign but that a such an ordinary working class guy could rise in the ranks of the Dems to point of getting the nod for the federal office.

I think he's one to watch. If he does well, he could be just what the Dems need in 08.

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