The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Monday, May 16, 2005
Congressional Black Caucus showing some leg on CAFTA
Another sign that the caste element in US politics is weakening a little: first, there was the loan-sharking bill HR 1295 that garnered five CBC cosponsors (May 10).
Now it's reported that CBC members are to be lobbied to support CAFTA.
And David Sirota raises the possibility of a link between this lobbying effort and complaints from the SEIU about CBC ties with Wal-Mart.
The Wal-Mart PAC, it seems, is injecting some diversity in the range of pols it is funding - in more ways than one.
A good reason why the CBC might cease to be a coelacanth of Tammany-style regularity is that its increase in numbers (following the 1990s racial gerrymanders) means that the range of its constituents' interests have broadened, and are closer to the range of interests of Democratic Congressman as a whole .
Whether Nancy Pelosi counts this as progress, I'm disposed to doubt.
[The story featured on Rachel Maddow's show this morning. It's the only show on Air America that I've heard with a manageable bloviation/information ratio - well worth picking up the MP3s.]
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