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(Huffington Post)   Hawaii Schatz all over the late Daniel Inouye's Senate seat   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 46
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2012-12-26 09:18:32 PM  
Nicely done, subby.
 
2012-12-26 10:17:33 PM  
I have lots of thoughts about this but they all boil down to; Neil did it right and picked the best person for the job.
 
2012-12-26 11:01:06 PM  
Which the late Senator probably did quite often.

/I'm a horrible person.
//Sorry, Sir. Though, I get the feeling you'd appreciate the joke.
 
2012-12-27 02:49:58 AM  
I'm sure Rep. Hanabusa is disappointed in not getting selected, but this seems like a pretty masterful appointment. Inouye was in the Senate for damn near 50 years. Schatz will bring some more young blood into the Senate.
 
2012-12-27 02:52:37 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Which the late Senator probably did quite often.

/I'm a horrible person.
//Sorry, Sir. Though, I get the feeling you'd appreciate the joke.


guys who have a Silver Star and also sit in the Senate have the best medical coverage anyone would ever want. WE (the American People) bought all the diapers he needed.

And well we should. Anyone who was that much of a badass should be allowed to shiat when he wants, where he wants.
 
2012-12-27 03:09:16 AM  
You should hear the local news. The channel my roomate is watching, the editor must have gotten pissed off and sewn together every soundbyte of a local politician or opinion talker saying "It came down to Governor Abercrombie, and it IS his decision to make..."

Mostly because the locals can't believe that he'd not honor Inouye's stated wish, which was Hanabusa.

/I think Kiaaina was just put in to tell Tulsi "No, not you. You just GOT elected to Congressional District 2. Yeah we know, dealing with your father gave you lots of experience in the kind of politicians that live in the Beltway these days, but you're needed in CD2. Siddown."
 
2012-12-27 03:30:54 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: NewportBarGuy: Which the late Senator probably did quite often.

/I'm a horrible person.
//Sorry, Sir. Though, I get the feeling you'd appreciate the joke.

guys who have a Silver StarMedal of Honor and also sit in the Senate have the best medical coverage anyone would ever want. WE (the American People) bought all the diapers he needed.

And well we should. Anyone who was that much of a badass should be allowed to shiat when he wants, where he wants.


Don't sell short the late Senator Badass.
 
2012-12-27 04:30:29 AM  
It is a masterful appointment, not least because appointing Hanabusa or Gabbard would have meant a special election soon, which Charles Djou could have possibly won for the Republicans.  Appointing someone non-elected means no election until the term ends in 2014.

It's also a masterful troll of the birthers, since Schatz went to the same school as Obama, then during college studied abroad in Kenya in 1992, the same year Obama first went there, and most recently has been Lt. Governor in a state administration that's basically told the birthers to go pound sand.  Right-wing web forums have gone to maximum derp.
 
2012-12-27 04:36:54 AM  
It's sad to see him go, but from what I understand this is a very good replacement for him. He was certainly a badass with plenty of qualifications for his position.

That said, I'm still all for mandatory term limits for congress. No human being needs to be seated for 50 years. Democrat, Republican, Independant, Libertarian, even if they're as awesome as Senator Inouyes. Being a senator shouldn't be a career, it should be a public service. 2 or 3 consecutive 4-year terms, then someone else steps in. I think it's one change that could do some good for our system. With each seated senator knowing they have a finite amount of time to do work their agenda and do some good, they might be compelled to try to get the most out of their term as they can.
 
2012-12-27 05:06:55 AM  

dbirchall: It is a masterful appointment, not least because appointing Hanabusa or Gabbard would have meant a special election soon, which Charles Djou could have possibly won for the Republicans.  Appointing someone non-elected means no election until the term ends in 2014.

It's also a masterful troll of the birthers, since Schatz went to the same school as Obama, then during college studied abroad in Kenya in 1992, the same year Obama first went there, and most recently has been Lt. Governor in a state administration that's basically told the birthers to go pound sand.   Right-wing web forums have gone to maximum derp.


Man, you weren't kidding. I bravely ventured into the realm of Freepers and saw comments about Schatz's schooling at Punahou, accusations that Abercrombie was bribed to pick Schatz, mentions of him refusing to answer the "truthful" allegations of Obama not being born in America, suggestions that this will open up the GOP to take the Senate seat (and other elected offices) in 2014, and one guy calling him a sissy.
 
2012-12-27 06:10:25 AM  
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2012-12-27 06:32:13 AM  
I don't care how many farts, turds, etc., are hidden in Sen. Inouye's seat. MoH winners and men who give a LIFETIME of service to this country, can do and say whatever they please.

I can see it now. Inouye Throughway?! what'll Abercrombie think of next?! somebody's gotta go back and get me a shiatload of dimes!

/I'll stand in tribute of one of the last great, decent, men to work in the US Government, you go get me the dimes.
 
2012-12-27 06:53:12 AM  

Ishidan: /I think Kiaaina was just put in to tell Tulsi "No, not you. You just GOT elected to Congressional District 2. Yeah we know, dealing with your father gave you lots of experience in the kind of politicians that live in the Beltway these days, but you're needed in CD2. Siddown."


Gabbard must have been really pissed off when they announced Bail Antilles of Alderaan and Ainlee Teem of Malastare as the finalists.
 
2012-12-27 06:54:09 AM  

Serious Black: I'm sure Rep. Hanabusa is disappointed in not getting selected, but this seems like a pretty masterful appointment. Inouye was in the Senate for damn near 50 years. Schatz will bring some more young blood into the Senate.


Turns out, the legendary Dragon Sword is no help in getting a Senate appointment.
 
2012-12-27 07:34:01 AM  

Weatherkiss: That said, I'm still all for mandatory term limits for congress.


The best argument I've heard against term limits is Mexico. Their constitution bars re-election to just about anything from El Presidente to dogcatcher. And, since they don't worry about re-election (not the only factor), they have absurdly corrupt politicians.
 
2012-12-27 07:35:25 AM  

Lawnchair: Weatherkiss: That said, I'm still all for mandatory term limits for congress.

The best argument I've heard against term limits is Mexico. Their constitution bars re-election to just about anything from El Presidente to dogcatcher. And, since they don't worry about re-election (not the only factor), they have absurdly corrupt politicians.


See also: Governor of Virginia.
 
2012-12-27 07:41:29 AM  

Weatherkiss: It's sad to see him go, but from what I understand this is a very good replacement for him. He was certainly a badass with plenty of qualifications for his position.

That said, I'm still all for mandatory term limits for congress. No human being needs to be seated for 50 years. Democrat, Republican, Independant, Libertarian, even if they're as awesome as Senator Inouyes. Being a senator shouldn't be a career, it should be a public service. 2 or 3 consecutive 4-year terms, then someone else steps in. I think it's one change that could do some good for our system. With each seated senator knowing they have a finite amount of time to do work their agenda and do some good, they might be compelled to try to get the most out of their term as they can.



You really think so? I see the ability of a lifetime career in politics leading people towards altruism, the desire to help the people.. if they know they can only serve a few years they will make as many connections and do as many favors as they can so they'll have a comfortable job after their term. It seems like your solution would lead to more corruption, not less.
 
2012-12-27 07:46:11 AM  

Ishidan: Mostly because the locals can't believe that he'd not honor Inouye's stated wish, which was Hanabusa.


Not just the locals. Inouye knew damn well what would happen when Hanabusa took his seat, and wanted it to happen anyway.
 
2012-12-27 07:50:16 AM  

enochianwolf: Weatherkiss: It's sad to see him go, but from what I understand this is a very good replacement for him. He was certainly a badass with plenty of qualifications for his position.

That said, I'm still all for mandatory term limits for congress. No human being needs to be seated for 50 years. Democrat, Republican, Independant, Libertarian, even if they're as awesome as Senator Inouyes. Being a senator shouldn't be a career, it should be a public service. 2 or 3 consecutive 4-year terms, then someone else steps in. I think it's one change that could do some good for our system. With each seated senator knowing they have a finite amount of time to do work their agenda and do some good, they might be compelled to try to get the most out of their term as they can.


You really think so? I see the ability of a lifetime career in politics leading people towards altruism, the desire to help the people.. if they know they can only serve a few years they will make as many connections and do as many favors as they can so they'll have a comfortable job after their term. It seems like your solution would lead to more corruption, not less.


Personally, I say you pay them a living wage and prohibit them from holding a second job while in office. Many, many altruistic people are prevented from even entering politics in the first place because of the woefully inadequate salaries of state and local government. Does anyone really think a member of NC's House of Representatives is only worth $18,000 a year?
 
2012-12-27 07:58:16 AM  

Serious Black: I'm sure Rep. Hanabusa is disappointed in not getting selected, but this seems like a pretty masterful appointment. Inouye was in the Senate for damn near 50 years. Schatz will bring some more young blood into the Senate.


It looks like the governor wanted to keep Hanubasa on the Armed Services Committee, and I can't blame him. The military is a big part of the state, and not just because of the economic impact.
 
2012-12-27 08:04:08 AM  

Weatherkiss: ...I'm still all for mandatory term limits for congress. No human being needs to be seated for 50 years...


Maybe someday I'll be able to decide what other human beings can do with their lives, just like you. Hey, you over there, time to stop being a pharmacist or forklift operator.
 
2012-12-27 08:06:51 AM  
If only Obama were as shrewd as Abercrombie at least in this case, and not taken Kerry out of the Senate. Brown will probably end up winning that seat.
 
2012-12-27 08:13:26 AM  

UNC_Samurai: Serious Black: I'm sure Rep. Hanabusa is disappointed in not getting selected, but this seems like a pretty masterful appointment. Inouye was in the Senate for damn near 50 years. Schatz will bring some more young blood into the Senate.

It looks like the governor wanted to keep Hanubasa on the Armed Services Committee, and I can't blame him. The military is a big part of the state, and not just because of the economic impact.


Yeah, I agree with that point. Not only that, but they would have to hold a special election to replace her according to state law, and Djou could have made a play for the seat like he did the last time there was a special election. This way, he knows all the federal seats are staying D, and there's a pretty good chance the state senate seat they have to replace will see a Democrat get elected.
 
2012-12-27 08:56:34 AM  

enochianwolf: Weatherkiss: It's sad to see him go, but from what I understand this is a very good replacement for him. He was certainly a badass with plenty of qualifications for his position.

That said, I'm still all for mandatory term limits for congress. No human being needs to be seated for 50 years. Democrat, Republican, Independant, Libertarian, even if they're as awesome as Senator Inouyes. Being a senator shouldn't be a career, it should be a public service. 2 or 3 consecutive 4-year terms, then someone else steps in. I think it's one change that could do some good for our system. With each seated senator knowing they have a finite amount of time to do work their agenda and do some good, they might be compelled to try to get the most out of their term as they can.


You really think so? I see the ability of a lifetime career in politics leading people towards altruism, the desire to help the people.. if they know they can only serve a few years they will make as many connections and do as many favors as they can so they'll have a comfortable job after their term. It seems like your solution would lead to more corruption, not less.


6/10

Really . These people are all Alpha driven- control freaks. That's why they are so corruptible and get caught with pants down around the ankles or tapping code on bathroom stalls. The feeling of entitlement and invulnerability runs through the entire body.

Count me out of this theory of leadership by benign tyrants.
 
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2012-12-27 09:13:10 AM  

Serious Black: I'm sure Rep. Hanabusa is disappointed in not getting selected, but this seems like a pretty masterful appointment. Inouye was in the Senate for damn near 50 years. Schatz will bring some more young blood into the Senate.


don't delude yourself.  it was done to not trigger a special election and Hanabusa's vote in the House is too important to give up at this time.
 
2012-12-27 09:18:10 AM  
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2012-12-27 09:19:28 AM  

dervish16108: If only Obama were as shrewd as Abercrombie at least in this case, and not taken Kerry out of the Senate. Brown will probably end up winning that seat.


Brown doesn't have a chance.  With Kerry's election machine backing the democratic candidate, Brown would be crazy to run.  If he lost, his political career would be over.  OVA!!!
 
2012-12-27 09:28:10 AM  

182: dervish16108: If only Obama were as shrewd as Abercrombie at least in this case, and not taken Kerry out of the Senate. Brown will probably end up winning that seat.

Brown doesn't have a chance.  With Kerry's election machine backing the democratic candidate, Brown would be crazy to run.  If he lost, his political career would be over.  OVA!!!


Dude, don't put your head in the sand like the republicans were before the re-election, polls mean things. Brown is ahead of every container and will be flush with money. If and when he runs he is going to be able to put up a great effort. It's irrational complacency like that, that got him elected the first time around.
 
2012-12-27 09:39:03 AM  

theinsultabot9000: 182: dervish16108: If only Obama were as shrewd as Abercrombie at least in this case, and not taken Kerry out of the Senate. Brown will probably end up winning that seat.

Brown doesn't have a chance.  With Kerry's election machine backing the democratic candidate, Brown would be crazy to run.  If he lost, his political career would be over.  OVA!!!

Dude, don't put your head in the sand like the republicans were before the re-election, polls mean things. Brown is ahead of every container contender and will be flush with money. If and when he runs he is going to be able to put up a great effort. It's irrational complacency like that, that got him elected the first time around.


FTFAutocorrect
 
2012-12-27 09:48:50 AM  

182: dervish16108: If only Obama were as shrewd as Abercrombie at least in this case, and not taken Kerry out of the Senate. Brown will probably end up winning that seat.

Brown doesn't have a chance.  With Kerry's election machine backing the democratic candidate, Brown would be crazy to run.  If he lost, his political career would be over.  OVA!!!


I think the next wave of democratic candidates for the senate will be mediocre, like Coakley. If that's indeed the case, I think Brown would be playing it too careful to squander the chance, unless he really wants to be governor, or something.
 
2012-12-27 09:56:58 AM  
Have we seen his birth certificate? I hear those are easily faked in Hawaii.
 
2012-12-27 09:59:52 AM  
In now way was Abercrombie going to appoint Hanabusa!
 
2012-12-27 10:07:25 AM  

Dr.Mxyzptlk.: enochianwolf: Weatherkiss: It's sad to see him go, but from what I understand this is a very good replacement for him. He was certainly a badass with plenty of qualifications for his position.

That said, I'm still all for mandatory term limits for congress. No human being needs to be seated for 50 years. Democrat, Republican, Independant, Libertarian, even if they're as awesome as Senator Inouyes. Being a senator shouldn't be a career, it should be a public service. 2 or 3 consecutive 4-year terms, then someone else steps in. I think it's one change that could do some good for our system. With each seated senator knowing they have a finite amount of time to do work their agenda and do some good, they might be compelled to try to get the most out of their term as they can.


You really think so? I see the ability of a lifetime career in politics leading people towards altruism, the desire to help the people.. if they know they can only serve a few years they will make as many connections and do as many favors as they can so they'll have a comfortable job after their term. It seems like your solution would lead to more corruption, not less.

6/10

Really . These people are all Alpha driven- control freaks. That's why they are so corruptible and get caught with pants down around the ankles or tapping code on bathroom stalls. The feeling of entitlement and invulnerability runs through the entire body.

Count me out of this theory of leadership by benign tyrants.


if the people don't want their elected leaders service, they can always elect someone else. Is it tyranny to allow a person to spend their whole life representing their constituents? The spectrum of politician from this nation is very diverse, I won't go so far as to generalize them all in the terms you have laid out. I think the real problem with corrupt politicians is stupid voters, Republican and Democrat, and to an equal extent the political parties themselves. but really you raised another good point, Larry Craig was caught in an act of sexual deviousness, much like Anthony Weiner and many other politicians. how dare we send people to represent us that share our proclivity for sexuality, it's not as if we expect them to be normal human beings or anything
 
2012-12-27 10:37:06 AM  

Rhino_man: Lawnchair: Weatherkiss: That said, I'm still all for mandatory term limits for congress.

The best argument I've heard against term limits is Mexico. Their constitution bars re-election to just about anything from El Presidente to dogcatcher. And, since they don't worry about re-election (not the only factor), they have absurdly corrupt politicians.

See also: Governor of Virginia.


Doesn't California also have term limits for their legistlature? Thought I read something about how it's horrible because none of the reps have the experience it takes to actually run things. It leaves them even more vulnerable to the influence of lobbyists that have been around much longer than they have.
 
2012-12-27 11:05:58 AM  
enochianwolf:

if the people don't want their elected leaders service, they can always elect someone else

.( If only it was that simple.we have vast and well funded political machines and dynastic families perverting the system.

Is it tyranny to allow a person to spend their whole life representing their constituents? The spectrum of politician from this nation is very diverse, I won't go so far as to generalize them all in the terms you have laid out. I think the real problem with corrupt politicians is stupid voters, Republican and Democrat, and to an equal extent the political parties themselves. but really you raised another good point, Larry Craig was caught in an act of sexual deviousness, much like Anthony Weiner and many other politicians. how dare we send people to represent us that share our proclivity for sexuality, it's not as if we expect them to be normal human beings or anything

I am as old as Anthony Weiner. Yet, I have never photographed or distributed pictures of my pecker ! Nor have sort out anonymous sex in a men's room or pickle park. So yeah i don't count that as normal sexual proclivity.

I am sick of these life time politicians and their damn offspring waiting in the wings.
 
2012-12-27 11:10:08 AM  

dervish16108: I think the next wave of democratic candidates for the senate will be mediocre, like Coakley. If that's indeed the case, I think Brown would be playing it too careful to squander the chance, unless he really wants to be governor, or something.


didn't barney frank he'd be interested in the seat? either way, there might be way too much money pouring in for brown to refuse running if kerry's seat is up.
 
2012-12-27 11:24:15 AM  
With all due respect to the late Senator --fark him. It wasn't his seat to give. It's the people's seat. Perhaps the basic precepts of Democracy eluded him in his old age.
 
2012-12-27 11:47:27 AM  

fmmodzelewski: With all due respect to the late Senator --fark him. It wasn't his seat to give. It's the people's seat. Perhaps the basic precepts of Democracy eluded him in his old age.


A Senator suggesting a replacement for his seat and a Governor appointing a person to that seat. Not sure what "basic precepts of Democracy" either are violating (or supporting).
 
2012-12-27 11:53:22 AM  

dervish16108: I think the next wave of democratic candidates for the senate will be mediocre, like Coakley. If that's indeed the case, I think Brown would be playing it too careful to squander the chance, unless he really wants to be governor, or something.


What happened to Barney Frank getting tapped to fill out Kerry's term and then run?

Rhino_man: Personally, I say you pay them a living wage and prohibit them from holding a second job while in office. Many, many altruistic people are prevented from even entering politics in the first place because of the woefully inadequate salaries of state and local government. Does anyone really think a member of NC's House of Representatives is only worth $18,000 a year?


I don't know about North Carolina, but most state houses do not sit in session year round. Missouri, for example, meets Monday through Thursday January through May (with a few weeks off for spring break - basically one spring semester) and they get paid about the same. And it's plenty easy to get into those races - in most of the rural areas, running a race for a state rep seat costs less than $50K, which can be picked up from donors with a fairly competent amount of effort.

omgbears: Doesn't California also have term limits for their legistlature? Thought I read something about how it's horrible because none of the reps have the experience it takes to actually run things. It leaves them even more vulnerable to the influence of lobbyists that have been around much longer than they have.


Missouri introduced term limits in the late 90s-early 00s, and that's been the result here. 8 year term limits for reps (4 terms) and senators (2 terms) both, which has led to a bunch of assholes pushing laws they don't understand on constituencies who don't want them, all in an effort to get their name out there so they can keep climbing the ladder or start making the big bucks. Like the dumbasses in the 2005 tort reform bill who said repetitive stress injuries and occupational diseases were no longer eligible for worker's compensation. They thought they were doing businesses such a favor by getting all of those carpal tunnel and mesothelioma cases thrown out. But of course, that's not what happened - all of those cases were now back in civil courts in front of juries, instead of being handled on the cheap in front of an ALJ and settled by the insurer. So these incompetents, instead of saving businesses money, actually exposed them to huge civil judgments in jury-tried asbestos cases.

And that doesn't even being to cover all of the unconstitutional crap they've passed and then the state has had to defend, all in the name of fighting for their pet cause. Same sex foster care bans, additional abortion restrictions, unconstitutional voter ID laws - the list goes on. There was the guy last year who wanted to allow landlords to throw tenants in jail for failing to pay rent - can you say debtor's prison? These guys, when they actually do get anything passed, are basically boilerplating whatever comes down the pike from ALEC verbatim. That's what term limits have led to.
 
2012-12-27 12:40:18 PM  
Barney Frank only offered to serve on an interim basis in the senate, and has explicitly ruled out running in the special election. The names I've heard thrown around the most on the democratic side have been congressmen Ed Markey and Michael Capuano.
 
2012-12-27 12:48:56 PM  
One less challenger for Abercrombie in the next gubernatorial election.
 
2012-12-27 12:49:33 PM  
That's okay.

Hawai'i will make it's own mind up. Abercrombie has not endeared himself to Hawai'i since being elected Governor and this selection will not help him or Hawai'i.
Tulsi Gabbard, by 2014, will have 2 years in the US Congress. She already has set records. She was the youngest person to be elected to any state House in the country. She will be the 1st in Congress to be American Somoan. The 1st in Congress to be Hindu. She will be only the 2nd elected woman combat veteran (with Tammy Duckworth) in the House. She is currently a Company Commander in the National Guard. She is co-founder of the environmental non-profit organization Healthy Hawaiʻi Coalition.
She is the one that should have been appointed but no problem brah...we have our candidate in the bullpen...
vetpac.org
 
2012-12-27 01:05:06 PM  

Serious Black: dbirchall: It is a masterful appointment, not least because appointing Hanabusa or Gabbard would have meant a special election soon, which Charles Djou could have possibly won for the Republicans.  Appointing someone non-elected means no election until the term ends in 2014.

It's also a masterful troll of the birthers, since Schatz went to the same school as Obama, then during college studied abroad in Kenya in 1992, the same year Obama first went there, and most recently has been Lt. Governor in a state administration that's basically told the birthers to go pound sand.   Right-wing web forums have gone to maximum derp.

Man, you weren't kidding. I bravely ventured into the realm of Freepers and saw comments about Schatz's schooling at Punahou, accusations that Abercrombie was bribed to pick Schatz, mentions of him refusing to answer the "truthful" allegations of Obama not being born in America, suggestions that this will open up the GOP to take the Senate seat (and other elected offices) in 2014, and one guy calling him a sissy.


As a graduate of Iolani, I am totally ok with a conspiracy theory based on punahou being evil.
 
2012-12-27 01:31:58 PM  
As a Kamehameha graduate I'm also fine with "Punahou is evil" conspiracy theories. :)

Ultimately I think this is a good choice, more based on strategy/tactics. This way we don't end up with one of the Representative slots up for grabs until normal election cycle, the last time we had a special election for a Rep seat, a GOP got it due to split Dem votes. We don't need a Djou repeat. Sure the Senate seat is up for special election in 2014, but this gives the Dem party here time to quietly encourage both our House Reps to STAY WHERE THEY ARE, and give some time to form up an election strategy for Schatz. The good thing is that to a degree he's already known (Lt. Gov), this may have some long term implications for the governor's race, but that's easier to make adjustments for.
 
2012-12-27 03:04:39 PM  
Subby you best clean that up.
 
2012-12-29 09:39:46 PM  

voran: As a Kamehameha graduate I'm also fine with "Punahou is evil" conspiracy theories. :)

Ultimately I think this is a good choice, more based on strategy/tactics. This way we don't end up with one of the Representative slots up for grabs until normal election cycle, the last time we had a special election for a Rep seat, a GOP got it due to split Dem votes. We don't need a Djou repeat. Sure the Senate seat is up for special election in 2014, but this gives the Dem party here time to quietly encourage both our House Reps to STAY WHERE THEY ARE, and give some time to form up an election strategy for Schatz. The good thing is that to a degree he's already known (Lt. Gov), this may have some long term implications for the governor's race, but that's easier to make adjustments for.


I agree with Abercrombie's decision, but not for this reason. I like it because Schatz is still young enough to accrue seniority in the Senate: he's 21 years younger than Hanabusa. Assume 3 terms - 18 years to reach senior ranks and at least another term to approach the top of the pack. Hanabusa would be in her mid 80's by then (if she wasn't already dead). Meanwhile, Schatz will be under 65 with another good 10-20 years to build and exercise that seniority. IMHO, Gabbard would also be a good choice on the age issue; however, she's still a babe in the woods (albeit a babe with excellent connections) look to her to fill Hirono's seat. I don't see Mazie lasting very long now that Senator Dan is no longer there: the Hawaii Democratic Party is about to become a free-for-all.
 
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