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Booker vs. Holt

Diane Ravitch:

Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, is heavily favored to win the race to replace the late Senator Frank Lautenberg.

Booker doesn’t like public education. He is an avid proponent of charters and vouchers. He is active in Democrats for Education Reform, the Wall Street hedge fund managers’ advocacy group for privatization.

As Jersey Jazzman points out, there is a credible alternative: Rush Holt, a member of Congress.

Holt is a physicist. He would bring deep knowledge of science and education to the Senate.

Booker would bring a determination to privatize public education.

We might also remember how Booker rushed to the defense of Bain Capital in 2012, when the Obama campaign flirted briefly with populism.


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Submitted by Alexa on

Here's what our own RD (I'm assuming this is the same goldberry--please let me know, if I'm wrong) asked about Holt some time ago:

Is Holt DLC? (3+ / 0-)

I saw his name on the DLC list. Didn't realize it before. I like Holt but is he beholden to any other group or interest? I'd support his chairmanship iff he promises his loyalty to Pelosi.

-3.63, -4.46 "Choose something like a star to stay your mind on- and be staid"

by goldberry on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 06:44:12 AM PST

I'm pushed, but a search quickly brought this up:

DLC Membership list.

Rush Holt on Principles & Values

Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism.
Holt adopted the manifesto, "A New Politics for a New America":

As New Democrats, we believe in a Third Way that rejects the old left-right debate and affirms America’s basic bargain: opportunity for all, responsibility from all, and community of all.

We believe:•that government’s proper role in the New Economy is to equip working Americans with new tools for economic success and security.

•in expanding trade and investment because we must be a party of economic progress, not economic reaction.

•that fiscal discipline is fundamental to sustained economic growth as well as responsible government.

•that a progressive tax system is the only fair way to pay for government.

•the Democratic Party’s mission is to expand opportunity, not government.

•that education must be America’s great equalizer, and we will not abandon our public schools or tolerate their failure.

•that all Americans must have access to health insurance.

Personally, I see nothing in the "doctrine" above that Pete Peterson himself would not wholeheartedly endorse.

I greatly admire Ms. Ravitch. Hope she's pinned Holt down on his stance on The Democratic Party's "Race to the Top," and other educational policies.

He may be the "lesser of two evils," or he may just be "more deceptive" about his true stances, than Cory Booker.

He certainly sounds like a typical "corporatist" Dem to me.

•in preventing crime and punishing criminals.

•in a new social compact that requires and rewards work in exchange for public assistance and that ensures that no family with a full-time worker will live in poverty.

•that public policies should reinforce marriage, promote family, demand parental

•in enhancing the role that civic entrepreneurs, voluntary groups, and religious institutions play in tackling America’s social ills.

•in strengthening environmental protection by giving communities the flexibility to tackle new challenges that cannot be solved with top-down mandates
•government must combat discrimination on the basis of race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation; defend civil liberties; and stay out of our private lives

•that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare.

•in progressive internationalism -- the bold exercise of US leadership to foster peace, prosperity, and democracy.

•that the US must maintain a strong, technologically superior defense to protect our interests and values.

Source: The Hyde Park Declaration 00-DLC0 on Aug 1, 2000

New Democrat: "Third Way" instead of left-right debate.

Holt adopted Third Way principles of the Democratic Leadership Council
America and the world have changed dramatically in the closing decades of the 20th century. The industrial order of the 20th century is rapidly yielding to the networked “New Economy” of the 21st century. Our political and governing systems, however, have lagged behind the rest of society in adapting to these seismic shifts. They remain stuck in the left-right debates and the top-down bureaucracies of the industrial past.

The Democratic Leadership Council, and its affiliated think tank the Progressive Policy Institute, have been catalysts for modernizing politics and government.

The core principles and ideas of this “Third Way” movement [began with] Bill Clinton’s Presidential campaign in 1992, Tony Blair’s Labour Party in Britain in 1997, and Gerhard Shroeder’s Social Democrats in Germany in 1998.

The Third Way philosophy seeks to adapt enduring progressive values to the new challenges of he information age. It rests on three cornerstones: 1.the idea that government should promote equal opportunity for all while granting special privilege for none; ethic of mutual responsibility that equally rejects the politics of entitlement and the politics of social abandonment;

3.and, a new approach to governing that empowers citizens to act for themselves.

The Third Way approach to economic opportunity and security stresses technological innovation, competitive enterprise, and education rather than top- down redistribution or laissez faire.

On questions of values, it embraces “tolerant traditionalism,” honoring traditional moral and family values while resisting attempts to impose them on others.

It favors an enabling rather than a bureaucratic government, expanding choices for citizens, using market means to achieve public ends and encouraging civic and community institutions to play a larger role in public life. The Third Way works to build inclusive, multiethnic societies based on common allegiance to democratic values.

[Source: Democratic Leadership Council web site 01-DLC1 on Nov 7, 2000]

Democratic Representative (NJ-12)

Submitted by lambert on

... which is rare for a Dem. That's how I'd remember him.

So, yeah, lesser evilism. I don't advocate voting for either, but rushing to Bain's defense is really vile.

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Submitted by Alexa on

He was (I was very involved in the "recount," and am well aware of this), and he stood firm at times with Russ Feingold on civil liberties issues--which are VERY important to "moi."

So, please don't take my pointing out his "corporatist" DLC ties as a personal attack on him. If anything, I have a more favorable opinion of him, than most Dem pols, LOL!

When we return (and I can get on my own laptop), I will crosspost a few blogs that I've written on our "corporatist" and DLC/No Labels Dems.

It is important, because from what I read at many blogs, I get the impression that many, many bloggers do not realize the degree to which the Democratic Party is run by Pete Peterson minions.

As I mentioned the other day, I'm probably going to concentrate on "Tweeting" blogs posts and articles, instead of writing them from now on.

And I have literally hundreds (if not a couple of thousand---never counted them) of links to articles about the connections of Dem pols to Third Way/DLC/New Dem Network/No Labels, etc.

The importance of getting this info out is that unless or until enough "progressives" realize the extent to which these "toxic" organizations have infiltrated the Democratic Party, they won't DEMAND a primary challenge to many of these candidates.

Most have been very clever (and deceptive) at keeping their ties to these corporatist organizations "under wraps."

I hope to end that. ;-)

Submitted by lambert on

Posts are archival (at least as long as I'm able to keep the server going, which I've done for seven years, and then there's the Wayback machine) whereas tweets are no longer available after about two months. They just scroll off into the ether.