RISING STARS (PART ONE)
I’d like to devote this, and my next, blog post, to two different individuals. If they were stocks, I’d definitely say “buy.” One is a bit more of a long shot than the other, but in both cases, the trajectory is upward and the speed is rapid.
Let’s begin with someone who is no stranger to this part of cyberspace – Mr. Novick. His bid for the United States Senate started out as the longest of long shots. He had never been elected to anything, you see, and he has virtually no money. As a result, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee felt the need to practically beg someone else to compete with him. But what do you know? By hook, if not by crook, Novick has turned this competition into a dogfight. If he wins that nomination – and he’s ahead now in every poll I’ve seen – he would then be rolling in DSCC dough and have an excellent chance of upsetting the incumbent, who sits precariously as the only Republican senator from a West Coast state.
Since Novick is currently ahead in the polls, does that mean he’s favored to win the nomination? Not by me. He gets a lot of lovin’ now because he’s the superior talent in the race. But remember, while his opponent
Right now, everyone agrees that we’ve got a dead heat on our hands. I urge all of you to follow the competition closely. You’ve presumably already watched Novick’s commercials (if not, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2UesvrH-cs and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFX1TCK_PS8&NR=1), which have received accolades from all over the country as some of the most creative political ads in years. (By contrast, Merkley’s ads could help cure insomnia.) You may not know that one of Novick’s commercials – the one in which he opens up a guy’s beer with his left “arm” (a metallic hook) – has given rise to a new product: Left Hook Lager. That’s right, this campaign has spawned an official beer. It is only available in
How cool is that, by the way – a beer brewed specifically for a local political campaign? The only thing cooler would be for that campaign to trot out several big name rock stars who’ve endorse the candidate.
Well … now that’s happened too. This week, the Novick campaign announced the endorsements of Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini, Stone Gossard of Pearl
The Merkley folks were getting frustrated before this latest round of endorsements, for Steve had previously been endorsed by the state’s leading teacher’s union and such
You know what they say: Hell hath no fury like an overdog-politician scorned.
Those of you who are politically progressive, and have a soft spot in your heart for extremely authentic, honest, funny, knowledgeable, intelligent and maverick politicians, please find yourself an Oregon blog – Loaded Orygun is a pro-Novick blog, Blue Oregon (lately, it’s been singing the blues) is a pro Merkley bog – and GET INVOLVED.
Novick in the U.S. Senate is a once in a generation opportunity for us all. Let’s not blow it.