20 November, 2008

Good News...

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) has defeated Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) for the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Besides having a stupid name, Dingell has been in the pocket of the auto industry (he's from Michigan) for decades and has consequently done all he can to block climate change legislation. So maybe now we'll get cap-'n-trade or a carbon tax.

From a broader perspective, this highlights the new coalition that makes up the Democratic Party. It's no longer about organized labor, it's about the urbanites and suburbanites who share cosmopolitan values, want to take on global warming, and want a more efficient, less corrupt government. At least that's my optimistic take...

2 comments:

higgy said...

And he has a moustache. Add him to the list: Axelrod, Holder,...

Elliot said...

I think its hard to overstate how important this is. These types of insider-y things like committee chairmanships that seem arcane to many people are really the keys to the kingdom. And overturning the seniority system is, additionally, a very big deal. So basically this says

1) Dem leadership is deadly serious about passing meaningful legislation

2) Pelosi at least has shown that she is going to be taking names. Are any other committee chairpersons going to stall her agenda now?

3) Pressure may be on for Obama to grow a moustache (preferably with chops and a fro)

All of these seem like very heartening developments.