Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Gavin Newsom shilling for the Iowa liberals
The best part is Newsom’s attempt at selling old style liberalism to Iowa Democrats. From an AP story.
… Stepping up their effort to regain control at the Statehouse, legislative Democrats were warned Sunday not to abandon the party's traditional base issues because "it's not enough to be just an opposition party."
"If you can't stand on your convictions, you've got a weak foundation," said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. "I would argue we've got to get our foundation in order before we embark on a journey to recapture the imagination of a majority of people."
Newsom said Democrats too often shade their views and dive to the political middle, and that has cost the party badly.
As mayor, Newsom has attacked his city's homeless problem, but is best known for his since-thwarted effort to have the city certify civil unions between same-sex couples. His message at a fundraiser for Democrats working to recapture the Senate was that issues like civil unions are precisely the sort of thing Democrats should face head-on. …
Is Gavin suggesting that the Democrats in the Iowa State Senate push for gay marriage rights? Does Gavin know he’s in
Outside of cash, there is no good reason to bring a lightening rod of a politician into
"I want a liberal message that we don't have to be afraid of our core issues," said Sen. Jack Hatch, D-Des Moines, ... (link)And that’s a problem, outside of the land stealing & the illegal use of opids supporting fan Jack Hatch, we didn’t see too many high profile elected Iowa Democrats cozying up to Newsom, you have to go to the Democratic websites selling to the base for that bit o’ love. Perhaps, they see this in your face sort of liberalism as not a particularly constructive method to build a winning coalition next November. It's the old put your nuts in the closet, in some cases literally, ‘til we win strategy.