'Playing the high' on a euphoric election night in Milwaukee

(An email from Charlie Dee. To call him a longtime Milwaukee activist doesn't begin to do him justice, but it will have to suffice. -- Xoff)

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Anne and I were sipping drinks, talking excitedly to friends, surrounded by a huge multi-racial crowd in the grand ballroom of Milwaukee’s HyattHotel.  We had that feeling of euphoric happiness that doesn’t come often in life: maybe the birth of a child or a wedding. 

Go for the Juggler, Obama

Paul Krugman has a piece in the Times this morning advocating that President-elect Obama pursue a full-blooded “progressive agenda.”

In opposition to the warnings of the center-right pundits who recommend that Obama go slow and not attempt too much change, Krugman echoes most citizens in our democracy who advise or more accurately demand: Change.

That rabble! And it’s all going so well.

Seriously, in light of the gargantuan problems facing our country and the irrefutable electoral mandate, in which direction do you think Obama will direct his legislative and administrative agendas?

Putting aside the ludicrous notion that we are a center-right country that discredited-by-facts pundits are spewing (and didn’t we just have an election or two these last two years repudiating the thesis?), Obama can be counted on to go for the juggler.

That sage advice decided upon by the American people in the 2008 election is called an “electoral mandate.”

Obama's Way Forward

Before the election we asked many bloggers around Wisconsin to suggest a new way forward for the new President Elect, Barack Obama. We've collected several of these responses, and you can find them here .  We will continue to collect these.  Anyone with an Uppity Wisconsin account may post them by doing a regular blog post and using the Obama's Way Forward section in the post.  Lots of good ideas.

Congratulate the elected environmental champs

We did it!

As you know there are tremendous victories to report up and down the ballot.

Time to get right to work to ensure that President-elect Barack Obama and the incoming members of the new Congress tackle the pressing environmental issues facing our state and the nation.

But first, here's an opportunity to congratulate the candidates who won and applaud their commitment to the environment.

Wisconsin Environment, as part of Environment America, endorsed 29 candidates for Congress and Sen. Barack Obama for president. We're excited to announce that, so far, 25 environmental champions were victorious on Election Day -- including Rep. Steve Kagen -- giving us an enormous head start on our agenda for 2009. (The other four races are still too close to call.)

Join us in sending them a note of congratulations for their Election Day victory and to applaud their environmental leadership.


Wisconsin Leads Way for Obama

Amplifying a point made by others, since the Feb. 17 primary that catapulted Obama as the frontrunner in the Democratic Primary with solid appeal to the white working class, Wisconsin has reclaimed its maverick status demonstrating a propensity to support political progressives.

As Paul Maslin writes in Salon today, "In my home state of Wisconsin, Obama's margin mushroomed to an extraordinary 13 points. Just look at any of the electoral maps of the Badger State and realize that all that blue was produced by nearly all-white rural counties and small towns that many thought would never support an African-American candidate."