Carol Shea-Porter & Wesley Clark: Lights in the New England Snow
for WesPAC - 3/3/07
The idea of snow and ice is to test Yankee resolve and hone the gnarly character. Last night, Gene and Wesley Clark found us at our finest moment. Driving home up the mountain later, I’d never seen so many cars spinning off the black ice into snow banks.
But it left the grand houses in
Carol was at the last moment called to
General Clark seemed happy to be here in
Just as we arrived it was announced that the Secretary of the Army had resigned over the treatment of soldiers at
He said he admired Carol’s voice in Congress and called her “one in a hundred” in bringing issues to focus. He encouraged those present to give generously to her reelection.
Clark recalled incidents in
I’ve been dragged unwilling to Democratic events in
We have seen this same spark recently with Jim Webb in
Note to Shea-Porter staff: Recently, I passed along a memo to the Fighting Dems and a few others calling for a new Democratic Council like the DLC but to stress the new Democratic values that have come about by people in the new Congress. I continually cite Carol Shea-Porter, Jim Webb, Joe Sestak, Mark Warner, Kathleen Sebelius and Wes Clark as paragons of this new direction. In a word, new Democrats restore the Democrats relationship with the common people and the working class, bring excellence to management, practice family-based values and see military service as the natural consequence of responsible citizenship. This has been called "new Democrats" but it very much parallels the old Dems as expressed by people like Tip O'Neil and Mary McGrory.
I enjoyed talking to Katrina Swett and hearing her thoughtful comments to General Clark. I hope she runs for office. I can think of no one better suited to model this new direction that Carol and Jim Webb bring to Congress. As a colleague of Carol and Wes Clark, she seems a natural to bring these new values forward
From my point of view, the '08 Democratic race for President is unfortunate. It has never happened before that the airwaves and the entertainment industry have virtually commandeered the public consciousness, creating a celebrity show more akin to American Idol. Republic government cannot survive with dialog at such a low entertainment level. I’m more concerned under these circumstances to see a strong new Democratic party in the Senate and House in '08 and look to 2012 to the Presidency. I see parallels today with the New England Whigs-turned-Republican (Lincoln, Grant) in the 1850s thereabouts;
I don't come to this through politics, but from other things I write about. We are facing the fourth generational turn in the post-war period. Each new generation starts with new ideas and new ideas always demand new people. The century will build on the new Congress of '06.